Studies in the Education of Adults Call for Papers

Studies in the Education of Adults

Studies in the Education of Adults is an international journal for theorising and critically examining the education of adults in all contexts. The journal seeks to foster and stimulate a global community of academics and researchers with a broad interest in research in the education of adults. It is equally focused on adult learning, the nature of adult curriculum and on the role of the educator. Adult learning may occur in institutional, professional and community settings including colleges, universities, the workplace, trade unions and voluntary organisations. Adult learning may also occur in a wide variety of contexts such as the home, public spaces, through leisure activities, social movements and virtual media. We encourage submissions that examine learning in these various contexts. The Editorial Board is also keen to promote the role of adult learning and education in social justice.

We encourage writers from a broad range of ideological interests, theoretical positions and research traditions and we especially welcome multidisciplinary research. We will promote the thematic exploration of specific areas as well as the exploration of new territories for adult education. We invite readers with an interest in developing a themed issue to submit outline proposals for consideration to the editors.

Studies... selects papers for publication that:

  • Provide a clear theoretical rationale for the work discussed;
  • Demonstrate familiarity with adult education literature and research;
  • Engage in policy critique where appropriate;
  • Concentrate on analysis, as opposed to purely descriptive accounts;
  • Contextualise the writing so that it is understandable by an international readership;
  • Use an accessible styling of writing, concentrating on clarity and avoiding unexplained jargon;
  • Recognise the professional and academic experience of the journal’s readership.

All submitted manuscripts are subject to initial appraisal by the Editors and, if found suitable for further consideration, to peer review by independent, anonymous expert referees.

Submission Instructions

Preparing your paper
Word limits

Please include a word count for your paper.
A typical Articles for this journal should be no more than 9000 words; this limit includes references, figure captions.

Style guidelines

Please refer to these style guidelines when preparing your paper, rather than any published articles or a sample copy.

Please use British -ise spelling style consistently throughout your manuscript.

Please use single quotation marks, except where 'a quotation is "within" a quotation'. Please note that long quotations should be indented without quotation marks.

Formatting and templates

Papers may be submitted in any standard format, including Word and LaTeX. Figures should be saved separately from the text. To assist you in preparing your paper, we provide formatting templates.

Word templates are available for this journal. Please save the template to your hard drive, ready for use.

If you are not able to use the templates via the links (or if you have any other template queries) please contact


Please use this reference style guide when preparing your paper. An EndNote output style is also available to assist you.

Checklist: what to include

  • Author details. Please include all authors’ full names, affiliations, postal addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses on the title page. Where available, please also include ORCID identifiers and social media handles (Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn). One author will need to be identified as the corresponding author, with their email address normally displayed in the article PDF (depending on the journal) and the online article. Authors’ affiliations are the affiliations where the research was conducted. If any of the named co-authors moves affiliation during the peer-review process, the new affiliation can be given as a footnote. Please note that no changes to affiliation can be made after your paper is accepted. Read more on authorship.
  • A non-structured abstract of no more than 200 words. Read tips on writing your abstract.
  • Graphical abstract (Optional). This is an image to give readers a clear idea of the content of your article. It should be a maximum width of 525 pixels. If your image is narrower than 525 pixels, please place it on a white background 525 pixels wide to ensure the dimensions are maintained. Save the graphical abstract as a .jpg, .png, or .gif. Please do not embed it in the manuscript file but save it as a separate file, labelled GraphicalAbstract1.       •   You can opt to include a video abstract with your article. Find out how these can help your work reach a wider audience, and what to think about when filming.
  • 3-6 keywords. Read making your article more discoverable, including information on choosing a title and search engine optimization.
  • Funding details. Please supply all details required by your funding and grant-awarding bodies as follows:
    • For single agency grants: This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx].
    • For multiple agency grants: This work was supported by the [funding Agency 1]; under Grant [number xxxx]; [Funding Agency 2] under Grant [number xxxx]; and [Funding Agency 3] under Grant [number xxxx].
  • Disclosure statement. This is to acknowledge any financial interest or benefit that has arisen from the direct applications of your research. Further guidance on what is a conflict of interest and how to disclose it.
  • Geolocation information. Submitting a geolocation information section, as a separate paragraph before your acknowledgements, means we can index your paper’s study area accurately in JournalMap’s geographic literature database and make your article more discoverable to others.
  • Supplemental online material. Supplemental material can be a video, dataset, fileset, sound file or anything which supports (and is pertinent to) your paper. We publish supplemental material online via Figshare. Find out more about supplemental material and how to submit it with your article.
  • Figures. Figures should be high quality (1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for color, at the correct size). Figures should be saved as TIFF, PostScript or EPS files. More information on how to prepare artwork.
  • Tables. Tables should present new information rather than duplicating what is in the text. Readers should be able to interpret the table without reference to the text. Please supply editable files.
  • Equations. If you are submitting your manuscript as a Word document, please ensure that equations are editable. More information about mathematical symbols and equations.
  • Units. Please use SI units (non-italicized).

Using third-party material in your paper

You must obtain the necessary permission to reuse third-party material in your article. The use of short extracts of text and some other types of material is usually permitted, on a limited basis, for the purposes of criticism and review without securing formal permission. If you wish to include any material in your paper for which you do not hold copyright, and which is not covered by this informal agreement, you will need to obtain written permission from the copyright owner prior to submission. More information on requesting permission to reproduce work(s) under copyright.

Submitting your paper

This journal uses Editorial Manager to manage the peer-review process. If you haven't submitted a paper to this journal before, you will need to create an account in the submission centre. Please read the guidelines above and then submit your paper in the relevant author centre where you will find user guides and a helpdesk.

If you are submitting in LaTeX, please convert the files to PDF beforehand (you may also need to upload or send your LaTeX source files with the PDF).

Please note that Studies in the Education of Adults uses Crossref™ to screen papers for unoriginal material. By submitting your paper to Studies in the Education of Adults you are agreeing to originality checks during the peer-review and production processes.

On acceptance, we recommend that you keep a copy of your Accepted Manuscript. Find out more about sharing your work.

Publication charges

There are no submission fees or page charges for this journal.

Color figures will be reproduced in color in your online article free of charge. If it is necessary for the figures to be reproduced in color in the print version, a charge will apply.

Charges for color figures in print are £250 per figure ($395 US Dollars; $385 Australian Dollars; €315). For more than 4 color figures, figures 5 and above will be charged at £50 per figure ($80 US Dollars; $75 Australian Dollars; €63). Depending on your location, these charges may be subject to local taxes.

Copyright options

Copyright allows you to protect your original material, and stop others from using your work without your permission. Taylor & Francis offers a number of different license and reuse options, including Creative Commons licenses when publishing open access. Read more on publishing agreements.

Complying with funding agencies

We will deposit all National Institutes of Health or Wellcome Trust-funded papers into PubMedCentral on behalf of authors, meeting the requirements of their respective open access (OA) policies. If this applies to you, please tell our production team when you receive your article proofs, so we can do this for you. Check funders' OA policy mandates here. Find out more about sharing your work.

Open access

This journal gives authors the option to publish open access via our Open Select publishing program, making it free to access online immediately on publication. Many funders mandate publishing your research open access; you can check open access funder policies and mandates here.

Taylor & Francis Open Select gives you, your institution or funder the option of paying an article publishing charge (APC) to make an article open access. Please contact if you would like to find out more, or go to our Author Services website.

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Authored Works

On publication, you will be able to view, download and check your article’s metrics (downloads, citations and Altmetric data) via Authored Works on Taylor & Francis Online. This is where you can access every article you have published with us, as well as your free eprints link, so you can quickly and easily share your work with friends and colleagues.

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Article reprints

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