You are here

Australian Journal of Education
Share

Australian Journal of Education

2016 Impact Factor: 0.667
2016 Ranking: 181/236 in Education & Educational Research
Source: 2016 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2017)
Published in Association with Australian Council for Educational Research

Editors
Petra Lietz Australian Council for Educational Research, Australia


eISSN: 20505884 | ISSN: 00049441 | Current volume: 61 | Current issue: 2 Frequency: 3 Times/Year

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. 

The Australian Journal of Education (AJE), 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.

General Notes

While the AJE 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.

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 an abstract, introduction, background, methodology, results, discussion and a conclusion.

Original Research

The large majority of articles in the 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. 

Research Reviews

To be suitable for publication in the 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. 

Policy Analyses

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 the 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 the AJE.

Comments and Rejoinders

Where appropriate, the 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. 

Book Reviews

From time to time, the AJE publishes book reviews. Usually these are at the invitation of the editor, but expressions of interest and proposals for reviews are always welcome. 

Special Issues

From time to time, the AJE publishes 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. 

Assistant Editor
Katie McDowell Australian Council for Educational Research, Australia
Associate Editors
Michael Timms Australian Council for Educational Research, Australia
Sue Thomson Australian Council for Educational Research, Australia
Scott Paris Australian Council for Educational Research, Australia
Geoff Masters AO Australian Council for Educational Research, Australia
Society Officer
Juliet Young-Thornton Australian Council for Educational Research, Australia
Editorial Board Members
Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews University of Technology Sydney, Australia
Bruce Chapman Australian National University, Australia
Sindu V. George Monash University, Australia
John Halsey Flinders University, Australia
Rob Hester University of Melbourne, Australia
Dan Kaczynski Central Michigan University, USA
Tom Karmel AM 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 University of Sydney, Australia
Mark Wilson University of California, USA
Christine Woodrow University of Western Sydney, Australia
Rui Yang The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Lyn Yates University of Melbourne, Australia
  • APAIS (Australian Public Affairs and Information Service)
  • Academic Search - Premier
  • Academic Search Alumni Edition
  • Academic Search Elite
  • ArticleFirst
  • Arts and Humanities Search
  • Australian Education Index
  • Database of Research on International Education
  • Dietrich's Index Philosophicus
  • EBSCO: Book Review Digest Plus
  • EBSCO: Education Abstracts (H.W. Wilson)
  • EBSCO: Education Full Text
  • EBSCO: Educational Administration Abstracts
  • EBSCO: OmniFile Full Text Select
  • EBSCO: Sales & Marketing Source
  • EBSCO: SocINDEX
  • EBSCO: SocINDEX with Full Text
  • EBSCOhost: Academic Search Complete
  • EBSCOhost: Current Abstracts
  • ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
  • EdResearch Online (a subset of the Australian Education Index)
  • Education Index
  • Education Research Complete (EBSCO)
  • Education Research Index
  • Education Source
  • Educational Management Abstracts (Online)
  • Educational Research Abstracts Online (T&F)
  • Educational Technology Abstracts
  • FRANCIS Database
  • Gale: Academic OneFile
  • Gale: Educator's Reference Complete
  • Gale: Expanded Academic ASAP
  • Gale: General OneFile
  • Gale: InfoTrac Custom
  • Gale: Vacations and Careers Collection
  • General Reference Center Gold - Gale
  • General Reference Centre International
  • Internationale Bibliographie der Rezensionen Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaftlicher Literatur
  • MLA International Bibliography
  • Multicultural Education Abstracts
  • OmniFile: Full Text Mega Edition (H.W. Wilson)
  • PIO - Periodicals Index Online
  • Personal Alert (E-mail)
  • ProQuest 5000
  • ProQuest Central
  • ProQuest Education Journals
  • ProQuest: CSA Advanced Technologies Database
  • ProQuest: Professional ProQuest Central
  • Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies
  • SCOPUS
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (Web of Science)
  • Student Resource Center College (w/ Expanded Academic ASAP)
  • Studies on Women and Gender Abstracts
  • Taylor & Francis: Sociology of Education Abstracts
  • Taylor & Francis: Special Educational Needs Abstracts
  • Vocational Education & Training Abstracts
  • Web of Science
  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Australian Journal of Education

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/aed to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Australian Journal of Education will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
      1.1 Aims & Scope
      1.2 Article types
      1.3 Writing your paper
    2. Editorial policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
      2.3 Acknowledgements
      2.4 Funding
      2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    3. Publishing policies
      3.1 Publication ethics
      3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
      3.3 Open access and author archiving
    4. Preparing your manuscript
      4.1 Formatting
      4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
      4.3 Supplementary material
      4.4 Reference style
      4.5 English language editing services
    5. Submitting your manuscript
      5.1 ORCID
      5.2 Information required for completing your submission
      5.3 Permissions
    6. On acceptance and publication
      6.1 SAGE Production
      6.2 Online First publication
      6.3 Access to your published article
      6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information

     

    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope

    Before submitting your manuscript to Australian Journal of Education, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    1.2 Article Types

    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:

    Original research

    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.

    Research reviews

    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.

    Policy analyses

    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.

    Book reviews

    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.

    Special issues

    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.

    1.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable

    When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    Back to top

    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    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.

    2.2 Authorship

    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.

    2.3 Acknowledgements

    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, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    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.

    2.4 Funding

    Australian Journal of Education requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading.  Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    Australian Journal of Education encourages authors to include a declaration of any conflicting interests and recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    Back to top

    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    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.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    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 published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the 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; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    Australian Journal of Education offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    Back to top

    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission

    4.1 Formatting

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics

    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.

    4.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 Reference style

    Australian Journal of Education adheres to the APA reference style. View the APA guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    4.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

    Back to top

    5. Submitting your manuscript

    Australian Journal of Education is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. 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.

    5.1 ORCID

    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    5.3 Permissions

    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary 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 see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    Back to top

    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly.  Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.

    6.2 Online First publication

    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article

    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.

    Back to top

    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Australian Journal of Education editorial office as follows:

    Dr Petra Lietz, Editor

    ajed@acer.edu.au

    Individual Subscription, Print Only


    Aust/NZ Institutional Subscription, E-access


    Aust/NZ Institutional Subscription, Print Only


    Aust/NZ Institutional Subscription, Combined (Print & E-access)


    Institutional Subscription, E-access


    Institutional Subscription, Print Only


    Institutional Subscription, Combined (Print & E-access)


    Institutional Subscription & Backfile Lease, E-access Plus Backfile (All Online Content)


    Institutional Subscription & Backfile Lease, Combined Plus Backfile (Current Volume Print & All Online Content)


    Institutional Backfile Purchase, E-access (Content through 1998)


    Individual, Single Print Issue


    Institutional, Single Print Issue