Journal of Adult and Continuing Education

Editor: Professor Michael Osborne, School of Education, University of Glasgow
ISSN: 1477-9714 (Print)
ISSN: 1479-7194 (Online)
Frequency: Biannual (May and November)

The Journal of Adult and Continuing Education (JACE) is essential for keeping in touch with the field of post-compulsory education. Published twice a year, it provides a forum for rigorous theoretical and practical work in the broad fields of lifelong learning and adult, community and continuing education.

The journal is peer-reviewed and focuses on international and national issues and is aimed at researchers, professionals and practitioners in all sectors. It publishes both research articles and reflections on policy and practice, and offers opportunities for all concerned with post-compulsory education to make contributions to debate.
Editor: Professor Michael Osborne, School of Education, University of Glasgow

Reviews Editor: Dr Ralph Catts, Visiting Research Fellow, University of Stirling

Editorial Board:
Fiona Boucher, Scottish Adult Education Project, UK
Ralph Catts, Visiting Research Fellow, University of Stirling
Lesley Doyle, University of Glasgow, UK
Chris Duke, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Australia
Toril Eikaas Eide, University of Bergen, Norway and European Continuing Education Network, Spain
John Field, University of Stirling, UK
Brian Findsen, University of Waikato, New Zealand
Jim Gallacher, Glasgow Caledonian University, UK
Rodolfo Hachén, University of Rosario, Argentina
John Henderson, Scotland’s Colleges, UK
Chan Lean Heng, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
Carol Kasworm, North Carolina State University, USA
Marcella Milana, Aarhus University, Denmark
Catherine Odora Hoppers, University of South Africa, South Africa
Michael Osborne, University of Glasgow (Editor), UK
Hans Schuetze, University of British Columbia, Canada
Tom Schuller, National Institute of Adult and Continuing Education, UK
Maria Slowey, Dublin City University, Ireland
Han Soonghee , Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
John Storan, University of East London and Forum for the Advancement of Continuing Education (FACE), UK
Mary Thorpe, Open University and Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL), UK
George Zarifis, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece and European Society for Research in the Education of Adults (ESREA), Sweden
Notes for Contributors

Research articles between 5,000 and 8,000 words and shorter reflections on policy and practice between 2,000 and 3,000 words should be sent as a Word document attached to an e-mail to

Figures, tables and acknowledgements should be on separate sheets, with their approximate position indicated in the text margin. Illustrations and graphs should be to 'camera ready' copy standard. We will accept good quality electronic image files such as JPEGs and TIFFs.

Remember to include an article abstract (200 words at most) and keywords or phrases (six at most) that describe the article.

Indent all quotations of 50 words or more and in these cases eliminate quotation marks. In general, use single quotes ('…') with double quotes ("…") for quotations within quotations.


Please use italic type for the titles of books and periodicals.

Notes and references
Footnotes should be kept to a minimum and should only be used for purposes such as explaining the title or where the article may have previously been published or presented. References should normally be given, in alphabetical order by author, at the end of the article. In citing references, please use APA style as in the examples below.

Journal article: Duke, C. (2008). Trapped in a Local History: Why did Extramural Fail to Engage in The Era of Engagement? Journal of Adult and Continuing Education, 14(2), 213–232.
  • Do not indicate issue number unless each issue starts from page 1
  • Use DOI where available
  • For advance articles, add ‘Advance online publication’ in place of volume number
  • For internet only articles, add ‘Retrieved from [URL]’ if there is no DOI
Books: Shrosbree, C. (2011). Public Schools and Private Education:The Clarendon Commission 1861-64 and the Public Schools Acts. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press.
  • For publishing location, use city and state/country abbreviation
  • For editions after first, place (Xth ed.) after title
Chapter in an Edited Book: Dart, B. (1997). Adult Learners’ Metacognitive Behaviour in Higher Education. In P. Sutherland (Ed.), Adult Learning: A Reader (pp. 30–46). London, UK: Kogan Page.
  • Use pp. before pages of chapter
Webpage: NIACE. (2014, January 29). Making Learning Work for Homeless Adults. Retrieved January 29, 2014, from
  • Use (n.d.) if there is no date of publication
  • Do not use a full stop after URL
  • If there is no author, the title of the page moves to the first position, followed by the publication date
Report: House of Commons Public Accounts Committee. (2009). Skills for Life: Progress in Improving Adult Literacy and Numeracy. London: Author.
  • If the publisher is the author institution, put ‘Author’ rather than repeat the institution name
  • If the report is not the first edition, indicate this in the same manner as a book
Newspaper or magazine article: Adams, R. (2014, January 30). Lengthen school days and cut holidays, says former Tory adviser. The Guardian. p. 12.
  • Use p. for single page citations and pp. for multiple page citations
Contributors are asked to bear in mind that they are writing for an international audience. There should be no gender, age or racial bias in any articles submitted.

Books for review
Books for review should be sent to: Professor Mike Osborne, School of Education, University of Glasgow, St Andrews' Building, 11 Eldon Street, Glasgow G3 6NH, UK.

Reviews should contain the following information about the book at the beginning of the reveiw. Reviewer's name and affiliation should appear at the end of the review.

Author surname, first name/initials (year). Title. Place: Publisher. ISBN (format). Pages.

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