The Australian Journal of Education, established in 1957, is an international peer-reviewed journal publishing research conducted in Australia and internationally to inform educational researchers, as well as educators, administrators and policy-makers, about issues of contemporary concern in education. In giving their advice to the editor, reviewers judge the merit of the research on the significance of its findings and the rigour with which the research is conducted and reported. Preference will be given to studies using well designed and implemented quantitative methodologies. Articles that are based on the author's personal experiences, reflections or small case studies that have limited generalisability are unlikely to be considered for publication.
While the Australian Journal of Education publishes studies that use data from outside Australia, submissions are expected to make some link to the topic of the topic to the Australian context to illustrate the relevance to the AJE readership. The link is likely to be made in the literature review and the discussion of results.
|Julian Fraillon||Australian Council for Educational Research|
|Chris Freeman||Australian Council for Educational Research|
|Siek Toon Khoo||Australian Council for Educational Research|
|Geoff Masters||Australian Council for Educational Research|
|Juliette Mendelovits||Australian Council for Educational Research|
|Wolfram Schulz||Australian Council for Educational Research|
|Sue Thomson||Australian Council for Educational Research|
|Michael Timms||Australian Council for Educational Research|
|Katie McDowell||Australian Council for Educational Research, Australia|
|Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews||University of Technology Sydney, Australia|
|Bruce Chapman||Australian National University, Australia|
|Ian Dempsey||University of Newcastle, Australia|
|John Halsey||Flinders University, Australia|
|Rob Hester||University of Melbourne, Australia|
|Dan Kaczynski||Central Michigan University, USA|
|Tom Karmel||Flinders University, Australia|
|Gregor Kennedy||University of Melbourne, Australia|
|Veronica McKay||University of South Africa, South Africa|
|David Rutkowski||University of Oslo, Norway|
|Lawrence Saha||Australian National University, Australia|
|Helen Watt||Monash University, School of Education|
|Mark Wilson||University of California, USA|
|Christine Woodrow||University of Western Sydney, Australia|
|Rui Yang||University of Hong Kong, China|
|Lyn Yates||University of Melbourne, Australia|
- Editorial Policies
1.1 Peer review policy
- Article types
- How to submit your manuscript
- Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
- Declaration of conflicting interests policy
- Other conventions
7.1 Funding acknowledgement
- Manuscript style
9.1 File types
9.2 Journal style
9.3 Reference style
9.4 Manuscript preparation
9.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
9.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
9.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
9.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
9.4.5 English language editing services
- After acceptance
10.3 SAGE production
- Further information
Australian Journal of Education was established in 1957 under the editorship of Professor Bill Connell. Drawing upon research conducted in Australia and internationally, the journal aims to inform educational researchers as well as educators, administrators and policymakers about issues of contemporary concern in education.
Australian Journal of Education seeks to publish original research that contributes to knowledge about education and schooling, particularly but not exclusively in Australia and its neighbouring countries. Original research is interpreted broadly to include policy analyses, development of research methodologies and reviews of research that contribute new insights and understandings. The journal’s audience includes educators and researchers in schools, colleges and universities, professionals in community and government agencies, policymakers and those who would like to influence policy, as well as citizens with a passion for education.
Contributions are reviewed by the editor and if considered suitable for review are sent to reviewers without identification. Australian Journal of Education operates a strictly anonymous peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and the author’s name from the reviewer. Manuscripts are normally reviewed by two referees, but further advice can be sought where it is considered necessary. After receiving recommendations from the reviewers, the editor determines whether the manuscript is accepted, sent for revision or rejected. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision is generally reached within 12 weeks of submission. The editor reserves the right to vary those processes.
All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.
Australian Journal of Education articles should normally be no longer than 6,000 words in length, including the references section. An abstract of 100-150 words should be supplied along with six keywords chosen from the Australian Thesaurus of Education Descriptors (4th ed.), compiled and edited by Anna Gifford and Barbara Spiller (Melbourne: ACER) and available at http://cunningham.acer.edu.au/multites2007/index.html.
While the Australian Journal of Education publishes studies that use data from outside Australia, submissions are expected to make some link of the topic to the Australian context to illustrate the relevance to the AJE readership. The link is likely to be made in the literature review and the discussion of results.
The language of manuscripts should reflect the standard of a scholarly article in an English-language journal. In general, manuscripts should follow the structure of abstract, introduction, background, methodology, results, discussion and conclusion.
The Australian Journal of Education welcomes the following articles types:
The large majority of articles in AJE report original research carried out by the researcher, either individually or as part of a research team. The research may use primary data, may involve secondary analyses of available data sets or synthesise evidence by way of meta-analyses or systematic reviews. In giving their advice to the editor, reviewers judge the merit of the research on the significance of its findings and the rigour with which the research is conducted and reported. Preference will be given to studies using well designed and implemented quantitative methodologies. Articles that are based on the author's personal experiences, reflections or small case studies that have limited generalisability are unlikely to be considered for publication.
To be suitable for publication in AJE, a review of research such as a systematic review or a literature review needs to do more than summarise what is known. It should address clearly articulated questions and lead to conclusions that have the potential to change the way readers think about the field under review.
The AJE considers articles for publication that reflect on the consequences of past education policy decisions, and articles that analyse issues raised by current educational policies. The matters addressed need to have relevance to an Australian readership, either because they relate to Australian state, territory or national education policies, or because they draw conclusions from other countries that have clear implications for education policymakers in Australia. To be considered for publication in AJE, such articles need to address matters of enduring importance. Issues that are likely to be resolved in a matter of weeks or even months are more suited to newspapers and magazines than to a journal of record such as AJE.
Comments and rejoinders
Where appropriate, AJE may include a section called ‘Comments and Rejoinders’. This section is intended to provide an avenue by which readers may respond to or comment on issues raised by articles published in the AJE. Contributions in this section are limited to a maximum of 1,000 words and the acceptance or rejection of such contributions is at the sole discretion of the editor. Authors of articles that are the subject of comments and rejoinders may be consulted by the editor, and may, at the discretion of the editor, be invited to respond.
From time to time, AJE publishes book reviews. Usually these are at the invitation of the editor, but expressions of interest and proposals for reviews are always welcome.
From time to time, the journal may publish special issues, each containing a set of invited articles focused on a particular topic. The decision to publish a special issue is taken by the editor, who works with a guest editor to determine the content, all of which is subject to review in similar manner to regular AJE content as specified above. Proposals for special issues should be sent to the editor, allowing at least one year’s lead time for negotiation of content, writing and review.
Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. A free sample copy of the journal is available at http://aed.sagepub.com.
The Australian Journal of Education is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/aed to login and submit your article online.
IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.
All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.
Dr Petra Lietz, Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway
Australian Journal of Education and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.
Australian Journal of Education does not require a declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.
Please supply any personal acknowledgements separately to the main text to facilitate anonymous peer review.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an `Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.
To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Australian Journal of Education additionally requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgement on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for funding acknowledgement guidelines.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.
Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word .docx, RTF and XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork below.
Australian Journal of Education conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style
Australian Journal of Education adheres to the American Psychological Association (APA) reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on APA style to ensure that your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point.
The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as the Australian Education Index and Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.
Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.
For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines. Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.
Australian Journal of Education does not currently accept supplemental files.
Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit English Language Editing Services for further information.
We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.
SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints.
Both SAGE and Australian Journal of Education seek to achieve the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication. We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.
We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Australian Journal of Education with SAGE.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the editorial office as follows:
Dr Petra Lietz, Editor