Full-length manuscripts can be theoretical, research-based, or practice-based.Â Each must address how the work informs social justice in adult education. The application can be in any adult education context: workplace, higher education, community, formal, informal, nonformal, etc.
Note: DSJ accepts original research-based articles that use historical, qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methodologies. Clear exposition of the research purpose, hypothesis, research questions, methods, results/findings, and implications is expected.
Theoretical articles should clearly identify the issue, provide a rigorous analysis of the literature, and well-formulated arguments.
Practice-based manuscripts are expected to outline the social context, and application of theory or research to practice. These can take the form of case studies or case stories.
All full-length manuscripts should conform to the following general structure:
- Title Page
- Abstract (not to exceed 150 words)
- Keywords (no more than 5)
- Denotation of manuscript category (theoretical, research-based, practice)
- Body of Manuscript (5000-7000; includes references, tables, figures, acknowledgments, Â appendices)
- Acknowledgements (if any)
- Appendices (if any)
- Manuscripts are double blind peer-reviewed. Please remove all identifying author information from the text and references. Please submit the title page separately.
Reflection essays on contemporary or historical issues related to equity and social justice in adult education should include the following:
- Identification of equity and social justice issue.
- Clear exposition of relation of issue to adult education.
- Reflections should be between 1200-1500 words.
- Reflections are peer reviewed.
Note: Reflection essays generally will be by invitation of the editors, but unsolicited reflection essays and responses which are reflections on previously published articles in the journal are also encouraged. Essays that examine the field of adult education from historical, sociological, and critical perspectives are encouraged as well as reflective commentaries on contemporary issues related to equity and social justice that clearly articulate the relationship to adult education. Essays that focus on highlighting the role adult education practice and theory might play in the future of social justice, both internationally and within the United States, are also sought. Reflection essays may include interviews of prominent adult educators in the field.Â Reflection essaysÂ may take the form of personal narrative, auto-ethnography, or expository essay. Arts-based submissions are also welcomed (photography, artwork, images, etc).
The Practice of FreedomPractice of Freedom showcases the arts-based work (visual art, poetry, photography, artwork, images, poetry, Spoken Word,Â etc.) of locally, nationally, and internationally recognized artists, scholars and practitioners whose work reflects the scope and mission of the journal.Â The contributions are intended to both inspire and provoke reflection onÂ how social justice operates in and shapes the field of adult education.Â Â An artist statement shoulld accompany the arts-based work. A brief description Â - two to three sentences describing relevance to social justice may also be requested. Non-text material may be submitted as a pdf.
Book Review & Resources
Book reviews and resources related to equity and social justice in adult education should include the following:
- Full citation information for the book/resource.
- A summary that provides a clear connection to adult education.
- Reviews should be between 500-700 words.
- Reviews are peer-reviewed.
Note: Submissions for the book reviews and resources segment will be primarily by solicitation of the Book Review and Resources editor; however, unsolicited submissions that meet the book and resource review submission guidelines will be considered.
The book review segment: Book review submission guidelines are as follows: 1) book must be a recent publication (3 years or less) that highlights issues related to equity, diversity, or social justice in adult education; 2) review offers an analytical critique of the book's content; 3) review is no more than 500-700 words; 4) review includes full citation information in APA 6 format. Books from other fields will be considered as long as the relevance to adult education is emphasized. If two reviews of the same book offer different perspectives that enhance the prospective readerâ€™s knowledge of the book, they will both be considered for publication though not within the same journal issue.
The resources segment takes into consideration the various media in which social justice is taught, learned, and practiced. Consequently, we seek to include manuals, CDs, YouTube videos, visual arts imagery, blogs, links to websites, and other resources that promote discussion as well as strategies for and opportunities to engage with social justice activism.Â In line with our international perspective, non-English language books and resources from other countries will be considered.Â Resources submission guidelines are as follows: 1)Â A brief description Â - two to three sentences describing the entry and its relevance to social justice. If an entry is considered of great relevance or attention, it will be spotlighted with a longer description. 2) full citation information in APA 6 format (when applicable).
Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:
a. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
b. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
c. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).
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