Writers' guidelines Adult Education and Development

Please read these guidelines carefully before submitting your article. If you have any questions concerning these guidelines, please contact the Editor-in-Chief, Johanni Larjanko (johanni.larjanko@gmail.com).

1. General information

The journal
Adult Education and Development has been published since 1973. It is published once a year; each volume is dedicated to one major theme. The journal is published in English, French and Spanish and distributed in over 160 countries. Ninety percent of subscribers live in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The actual print-run is 10.000 copies. An online version is available. The journal is financed by the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development. It is free of charge.

Target groups
The main target groups are: Middle-level adult educators in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Transformation Countries in Europe who are concerned with teaching, organisation and administration; policy and opinion makers; researchers and specialists in Adult Education and in neighbouring fields such as health education, citizenship education, agriculture and community development. In addition, the journal aims to reach non-professional readers interested in issues of Adult Education.

How to submit articles
In each issue a call for submissions for the next issue will be published. Before submission, topic and length have to be settled with the Editor-in-Chief. We prefer submissions via email; please send them to the Editor-in-Chief, Johanni Larjanko (johanni.larjanko@gmail.com) and to the Managing Editor, Ruth Sarrazin (sarrazin@dvv-international.de). Please attach the article saved as a Word file, Open document file, or RTF file, along with your name, postal mailing address and phone number. We expect you to check all names, titles, dates and facts for accuracy before submitting your article. Unless otherwise indicated, we assume that your article has not been published elsewhere before.

Deadline for submissions
April 1st of each year.

2. What to submit

The length of a submission depends on the topic and the type of submission and has to be defined in agreement with the Editor-in-Chief. Avoid overwriting. Please note that all texts have to be related to the main theme of the journal, if not otherwise agreed.

2a) Types of submission
Article: Presenting a process, a project, a topic. Providing an overview. Usually 1,300 – 2,500 words.

Interviews: Here the main focus is on the person being interviewed, not the writer. Remember to include the setting, place, and circumstances of the interview. Make it into a conversation between two persons.

Reportage: These can, for example, describe a process, an event, a visit to a project or organisation, making a journey. Usually 1,300 – 2,500 words.

Column: Short personal text, max. 600 words.

Cartoon: 1-3 images.

Photo reportage: 4-10 photos. Text for each photo is needed.

More types of texts might be added in agreement with the Editor-in-Chief.

2b) Required elements for articles
The following elements have to be delivered with your article. For other types of submissions (interview, reportage, etc.) please check with the Editor-in-Chief which of the listed elements are needed.

Abstract: Please summarise the principle topics contained in your article and its main arguments in 80  100 words.

Contact info: Please note your professional postal address (including website if existing) & your email.

Portrait photo: Please attach a recent portrait photo of yourself in a resolution of 300 dpi in TIFF, EPS, or JPEG format (for details see notes for images below).

Biographical sketch: Please summarise your professional vita in ~50 words and focus on describing your engagement in the field of Adult Education.

The elements listed above will be published with your article. Please note that DVV International reserves all rights for publishing for these elements, including your portrait photo (see Point 4) in connection with the publication of your article which you consent to.

2c) Optional elements for articles
The following elements are very welcome, but not a must.

Bibliographical references: Not all of our readers have access to major libraries and documentation centres, so we would ask you to be sparing in the use of references (for details please see notes for references below, Point 3b).

Further reading: If possible, add a small selection of tips for further reading and useful online-links.

Graphic material: We highly welcome accompanying graphic material. Please make sure that all graphic material you use is mentioned and explained in your article. Please indicate a clear title and the source. All graphics, tables, info-data have to be delivered separately and in an editable Word or Excel file. Make sure that all raw data is accessible. Also make sure the data and graphic material are not copyright protected and do not infringe any third party rights.

Images: Significant photographs (as well as illustrations, cartoons, and artwork) of high quality are welcome for inside editorial use. The final choice will be made by the Publisher. Digital photos should have a resolution of 300 dpi in the size they will be printed and should be delivered in TIFF, EPS, or JPEG formats. Do not embed images within the body of a text document. Please give information about the photograph/artwork, including a legend (what do we see?), and the name of the photographer/artist for credit. If you use images from a publicly available source, please make sure that the image’s source is mentioned.

3. Editing advice

The following advice on language, style and references should help you to write your article. However, if you have no previous experience in writing articles, please do not feel discouraged by this advice. Before publishing, all texts will be edited by our Editor-in-Chief Johanni Larjanko.

3a) Language, style
Simple and clear writing: Our aim is to make an accessible, easy-to-read product. Your article should attract the reader from the beginning. Avoid education and research jargon. Explain key technical terms. Most of our readers are already active in the field of Adult Education, but the journal reaches all kinds of readers. Thus no previous knowledge should be taken for granted. Write in a way that the interested non-professional reader can follow your arguments.

First person and active voice: Use the first person (“I” or “we”) if you describe what you, or you and your coauthors, did. Write in the active voice (“They did it”) instead of the passive voice (“It was done”) so that the reader knows who is responsible for the action.

Abbreviations: Use abbreviations sparingly. Give the full name of organisations, research instruments and so forth, the first time you mention them, place the abbreviation in parentheses immediately after. You can then use the abbreviation. Example: International Council of Adult Education (ICAE)

Gender Sensitivities: Avoid language that might be interpreted as discriminatory. Do not use “he” or “she” exclusively. Try to find neutral terms like “postal carrier” instead of “mailman”; or use the plural term like “trainers ... they” instead of “the trainer . . . he”.

3b) Citation, References, Endnotes
Citations of other research works have to be included in the text in parentheses. Please mention the author (or periodical or corporate author), the year of publication and page numbers if necessary.
Examples: (Miller 2003: 173), (The New York Times 1997)

If a work has two authors, give both names. If a work has three or more authors give all names in the first citation and then use “et al.” for following citations.
Example: (Arnold, Miller, Tuckett, White 2005), following citations: (Arnold et al. 2005).

For seven or more authors, use “et al.” also for the first citation. For electronic resources use a regular citation if you can identify an author (human, periodical, or corporate). If not, give the web address in parentheses.

References: Please list all resources you have cited at the end of your work in alphabetical order (last name of a single author, a first author, an editor; or name of the periodical or a corporate author if there is no human author). Order resources by the same author chronologically (beginning with the earliest) and by small letters (2001a, 2001b) if more than one work has been published in the same year.

Please follow this general form: Last names, initials (Year): Title. Place of publishing: Name of publisher. Here are some examples for different types of resources:

Brookfield, S. D. (1986): Understanding and Facilitating Adult Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers.

Verner, C & Booth, A. (1964): Adult education. New York: The Center for Applied Research in Education, Inc.

American Council on Education (2001): Focus on adults: A self-study guide for postsecondary Education institutions. Washington, DC: The Center for Adult Learning and Educational Credentials.

Article or chapter within an edited book:
Kreitlow, B. W. (1975): Theories of adult learning. In: C. Klevins (ed.): Materials & Methods in Adult Education, 91-101. New York: Klevins Publications Inc.

Articles from print or online magazines, journals or newspaper:
St. Clair, R. (2004): Success stories: Aspirational myth in the education of adults. In: International Journal of Lifelong Education, 23(1), 81-94.

Rasmussen, P. (2012): Creative and innovative competence as a task for adult education. In: LLine, 4/2012. Retrieved from www.lline.fi/en.

Articles from websites:
Aslanian, C. (2006): Trends in adult learning: A 2006 snapshot. Retrieved March 12, 2008, from www.aslaniangroup.com/pdfs/trends-in-learning.pdf

Notes have to be collected at the end of the document (endnotes). Use endnotes sparingly and keep them short. Use endnotes if you want to give further explanations or supplementary information to the reader who wants to get deeper into the topic.

4. Publisher’s rights

The Publisher, DVV International, reserves the right to edit all submissions for style, structure, length, consistency and clarity. In addition, the final title of the published article, subheads, photographs and illustrations, will be chosen by the Publisher. We will send an edited version of the article back to you before publishing. You have the right to refuse permission for publishing your article if you do not agree with the revisions carried out. In this case, you have to indicate your refusal not later than one week after you receive the final version. Otherwise we assume that you agree with publishing your article.

DVV International reserves all rights for publication (print, internet, electronic media) for all texts and images. These rights include the right to reproduce your work and the right to authorise others to reprint articles in the form in which they appeared in the journal and to authorise posting articles on websites in the form in which they appeared in the journal. It also includes the right to translate and to publish texts in other languages. The terms of the creative commons license Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported (CC BY-SA 3.0) shall apply in addition to these writer's guidelines with regard to the use of your article. See creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/ for details of what this means.

Your personal data will be published with your article which you consent to. Apart from that, it will not be used for other purposes and it will not be passed on to third parties.

5. Choice of law and jurisdiction

These writer’s guidelines shall exclusively be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany. Each party shall exercise any right hereunder exclusively before the courts in Bonn, Germany.

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