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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Author Guidelines

The Canadian Journal for the Study of Adult Education (CJSAE) publishes the following types of manuscripts.

In the Articles section of the journal, it publishes original reports of research related to adult education, continuing education, and lifelong learning that utilize all recognized social research methodologies including empirical, interpretive, ethnographic, historical, comparative, hermeneutic and philosophical studies.

In the Perspectives section, CJSAE publishes critical reviews of the literature of adult education and essays that focus on analytic examinations and critiques of issues in adult education, continuing education, and lifelong learning.

In the Field Notes section, CJSAE publishes biographical and autobiographical reflections on the field and practice of adult education.

The CJSAE publishes Book Reviews (solicited by the editors) in each issue.

Manuscripts submitted for publication can be written in either English or French.

Length, Format & Editorial Style

Research-based manuscripts for submission to the "Articles" section should not exceed 7,500 words; submissions to the “Perspectives” section should not exceed 5,000 words; those for “Field Notes” should not exceed 3,000 words; “Book reviews” should not exceed 1,000 words. All manuscripts should be word-processed, single spaced, with 1" margins, and include all tables, figures, notes and references. All references to any institutions, locations, programs or persons that might help identify the authors must be excluded from the entire manuscript provided for review. A running head (the short title) must appear on each page. Figures and large tables should be printed on separate sheets. All manuscripts should conform to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (APA) 5th Ed. Authors are required to acknowledge that their manuscript conforms to the style guide.


An abstract of approximately 150 words should be provided on a separate page with the running head only. If accepted for publication the author(s) will be required to provide an abstract in French (if the manuscript is written in English) or English (if written in French).

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