Thursday, 29 September, 2016

The Adult Learner Journal

The Irish Journal of Adult and Community Education latest issue Call for papers

The Adult Learner is the Irish journal of adult and community education founded in the mid 1980s. It aims primarily to serve the needs of the adult education community in Ireland by providing a forum for critical reflection on the practices of teaching and learning. The journal aims to continue to make knowledge, research and writing accessible to the widest possible audience and emphasises the implications of critique for practice. The journal has a long established practice of giving priority to subject matter that addresses disadvantage, social exclusion, equality, workplace learning and the study of the teacher/student relationship. Community education, literacy, citizenship and access issues are also of importance in the journal. The journal welcomes papers which are relevant to those working across the broad field of Adult and Community Education and which make a contribution to debates both in Ireland and internationally.

Call for Papers 2016

Download call for Papers 2016 here.

The journal invites contributions as follows:


  1. Papers  which  engage in critical debate and analysis of concepts, policies and theories and/or practices in the field.  They may include findings from recent research and where this is so, should include a brief outline of any research methodologies used. Papers which initiate dialogue between individuals, groups or sectors in the field of lifelong learning are also welcome. These papers should NOT exceed 5,000 words in length including references.  


  1.  Practice- based contributions  including case studies  which exchange ideas about what works in various programmes, innovations and contexts  and which  share examples of good practice. These papers engage in analysis of practical aspects. Papers should NOT exceed 3,000 words in length including references.  


  1. Reviews of books, materials and resources that help identify and evaluate a wide variety of teaching and learning resources that may be of interest to adult and community education participants, providers and anyone interested in adult and community education. (  600-1,00 words)


  1. Responses/Critiques. The journal will consider publishing critiques of articles or  responses to topics/articles  in the previous issue of the Journal.  These should be written in academic style and should be backed up by evidence.  They should be no more than 1,000 words in length.

Please state clearly on your submission which section you are submitting to. We will not accept papers which exceed the word limits.  Please note papers which exceed the word limits will be returned.

All papers submitted undergo a refereeing process which involves at least two referees.   Where contributions are accepted this may be on condition that changes recommended by referees are taken account of. We recommend contributors consider the diversity of our readership and ask that articles are written with an international readership in mind. We are very grateful for all contributions submitted   and will consider each on its merits and provide feedback.

 All papers submitted should conform to the following guidelines:

  •  Relate to the broad aims of the journal and relevant to the field of adult and community education.
  • Provide evidence of a coherent and focused argument and be supported by robust evidence
  • Outline and explain any methodology used
  • Be contextualised for international readership (e.g. explain use of acronyms)
  • Be submitted in the format  outlined (see separate guidance, available online soon).
  • Begin with a short abstract ( not more than 100 words )
  • Include a reference section which refers only to articles mentioned in the text  

Papers and responses should be in Microsoft Word document (or compatible) format, 12 pt Times New Roman, double line spaced on one side of A4. Headings should be in bold and in the same format. They should include all references cited in the article in a reference section. Only those cited in the article should be included. The papers should begin with a short abstract (maximum 6 lines proceeded by a ‘key words’ statement.)

All papers should be presented in a style as outlined in the Adult Learner Style Guide, Please download here. Only books/articles /web-sites referred to in the text should be included in the references. 

The name, address, a short statement and email address of the author, or the corresponding author in case of multiple authorship, should be submitted on a separate attached sheet rather than on the manuscript and where appropriate should include the work-place of the author. A short statement about the author (no more than 60 words in length) should be attached.

The number of words should be included at the end of the article and should conform to the word limit depending on which section you are submitting to.  Articles which exceed the length will be returned to the author(s).

Please note we cannot accept papers which do not conform strictly to the guidelines.

The editor welcomes queries from writers who may wish to discuss possible subject matter and approaches.

29th  January 2016.  Please note that contributions cannot  be accepted after this date.

Please mark for the attention of:

 The Editor, The Adult Learner Journal

AONTAS,  2nd Floor 83-87 Main Street,

Ranelagh, DUBLIN 6. Ireland.

Please send all correspondence to Christine Hynes, the Secretary to the Adult Learner at: 

Information about the Adult Learner Journal articles review process are available here.

Latest Issue

The Adult Learner Journal 2015

Previous Issues

The Adult Learner Journal 2014

The Adult Learner Journal 2013

The Adult Learner Journal 2012

The Adult Learner Journal 2011

The Adult Learner 2010

The Adult Learner 2009
The Adult Learner, 2008
The Adult Learner 2007*
The Adult Learner 2005: Citizenship & Participation
The Adult Learner 2004: Adult Education: Where Are We Now?
The Adult Learner, 2003; Community Education
The Adult Learner, 2002; Partnership Ideal & Real
The Adult Learner, 2001; Acknowledging Difference
The Adult Learner, 2000; Reclaiming Common Purpose
The Adult Learner, 1999; Adult Education & The Arts

N.B. Older issues available on hard copy only.

* 2006 issue was not published.