Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Literacy and Numeracy Studies is an international refereed journal which promotes research, scholarship and critical analysis of policy and practice concerning the many and complex ways that adult literacy and numeracy are implicated in the lives of young people and adults. Adult literacy and numeracy practices are locally situated, influenced by the cultures and contexts of use. What counts as reading writing and numeracy is ever changing, not least through the radical impacts of ‘new’ technologies; themselves in constant change.

Building and measuring adult literacy and numeracy competence are central concerns across many nations. Although these concerns wax and wane as a significant policy focus, efforts by international agencies such as the OECD and UNESCO to standardise policy responses remain strong. The editors welcome analysis and critique of such developments as essential to a contemporary understanding of this field.

This journal not only explores the multiple understandings of adult literacy and numeracy in policy and practice but also what people do with their skills, and how they use them with different texts and modalities and in differing contexts. Possibilities for adult literacy and numeracy learning occur in all environments and in many ways. Research sites have included workplaces, prisons, communities, higher education, vocational education, Indigenous and migrant populations, people in transition and virtual environments.

Literacy and Numeracy Studies is one of perhaps only two international journals currently focusing on adult literacy and numeracy. Thus the editors are pleased to accept papers from a wide range of theoretical perspectives and research approaches reflecting differing epistemological positions and methodologies.  Papers that take advantage of the potential of Literacy and Numeracy Studies for comparative analysis are particularly welcome.

Finally, in recognition that adult literacy and numeracy are controversial and are engaged with the politics of equity, participation and social justice, the editors offer the opportunity, through the Refractions section of the journal, for contributors to publish more rhetorical and controversial pieces likely to interest our readers. Refractions papers are not normally submitted to external review. Responses to Refractions pieces are very welcome.



Section Policies


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Notes on Contributors

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Peer Review Process

All research articles submitted to Literacy and Numeracy Studies are reviewed by two independent peer referees who are qualified experts in the subject field. Non research articles will be reviewed by the Editorial Committee and, as necessary, will also be peer reviewed. Authors and reviewers remain anonymous during this process. Reviewers' recommendations are taken into consideration by the editors in determining publication and revisions.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



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The views expressed in this journal are those of the authors and do not, and should not, be considered representative of Literacy and Numeracy Studies or UTS ePRESS or the University of Technology, Sydney.