Focus and Scope

Literacy and Numeracy Studies: An international journal in the education and training of adults 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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Peer Review Process

All research articles submitted to Literacy and Numeracy Studies: An international journal in the education and training of adults 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.

For further information on best practice peer review processes, please see the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors and Publishers and the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Responsibilities in the Submission and Peer Review Process.



Conflicts of Interest

Our editors are required to declare any potential competing interests in undertaking their editorial duties. In cases where a manuscript is submitted by a colleague at their own institution or from their resesarch networks, editors will remove themselves from the decision-making process. A co-editor, or an external trusted expert, with no such connections, is then asked to act as the editor for that particular article. Additionally, an editor will have no input or influence on the peer review process or publication decision for an article they have authored and submitted to the journal. Should a member of a journal's editorial team submit a manuscript to the journal, a co-editor, or external trusted expert, will be assigned to manage the entire review process and act as editor for that particular article. If the article proceeds to publication, it will be explicitly stated on the article that the editor who submitted the paper has had no involvement with the journal's handling of this particular article, along with the reasons for this, and the name of the assigned editor.



Publication Frequency

The Journal is published annually.


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.  

This journal has no submission or article processing charges.  

Authors of published articles remain the copyright holders and grant others the right to use, reproduce, adapt and share their articles according to the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License.  

Authors are permitted to self-archive works on their personal or institutional webpages and repositories.




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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.



Author Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the author/s to ensure:

  • Any conflicting or competing interest is disclosed on submission of their work and all sources of funding are declared.
  • They contact the Journal Manager to identify and correct any material errors upon discovery, whether prior or subsequent to publication of their work.
  • The work is original, and all sources are accurately cited, according to the Journal’s style guide.
  • The authorship of the work is accurately reflected. This means all individuals credited as authors legitimately participated in the authorship of the work, and all those who participated are credited and have given consent for publication. Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution or interpretation of the work. Other contributors should be mentioned in the acknowledgement section of the paper and their contribution described. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.



Handling of Suspected Misconduct

Issues of suspected misconduct will be handled in accordance with the guidelines set out by the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors.


Corrections and Retractions

Corrections and retractions will be treated in accordance with the guidelines set out by the COPE Code of Conduct for Journal Editors.


Complaints Handling

Complaints related to Literacy and Numeracy Studies should be directed in the first instance to the Journal Manager, Complaints will be investigated according to recommendations by the Committee on Publication Ethics (see COPE Flowcharts). If complainants are unsatisfied with the response they may contact the Publisher, Authors with complaints related to the peer review or editorial process should refer to the Author Guidelines.