About the COABE Journal

About the COABE Journal


COABE Journal: The Resource for Adult Education an open-access journal focused on innovative ideas and practitioner experience that supports the field of adult education.

COABE Journal is organized around themes and published twice a year.  

We are now accepting submission of original papers on issues related to corrections education. Researchers, advocates, administrators, teachers and other practitioners are invited to submit manuscripts to the journal.

We welcome articles on (although not exclusively):

  • Educational innovation

  • Educational strategies

  • Classroom techniques

  • Curriculum design

  • Program development

  • Partnership development

  • Learner engagement

Full details on the editorial criteria, including comprehensive instructions on how to submit a paper, can be found in the author guidelines. Submissions are due January 15, 2019 for publication in March 2019.

Any further inquiries can be directed to the editor at: journal@coabe.org.


Call for Articles




More than 700,000 incarcerated individuals leave federal and state prisons each year, making reentry into the community a major concern for everyone. However, there is a constant cycle into and out of our criminal justice system with nearly two thirds of those released from prison finding their way back inside within three years of release.

According to a 2010 Pew Charitable Trust Report:

  • Approximately 2.7 million children have an incarcerated parent.

  • One in three black males and one in eight white males between the ages of 20 and 34 without a high school credential are incarcerated.

  • Formerly incarcerated men earn approximately 11% less per hour and 40% less per year than those who have never been incarcerated.

Unfortunately, many offenders are ill-equipped to break the cycle of catch and release because of the lack of education and workforce skills needed to succeed in the labor market and the cognitive skills needed to address the challenges of reentry. In fact, 40% of federal and state prisoners lack a high school credential, compared to less than 20% of the general population. Many returning citizens struggle to find employment upon their release. Of the men and women who receive adult education when incarcerated, there is a 43% better chance of those individuals not recidivating.

Education and skill training inside and then continuing outside the prison walls holds the key to not only stemming the tide of recidivism but in changing the generations that follow.

With these sobering statistics in mind, COABE is planning a special Prison Literacy Edition of the COABE Journal, slated to be published in March 2019.

Do you have experience working with incarcerated adults? Have you been involved in prison education programs? We are looking for articles that focus on this relevant topic of prison literacy and prison education. Please consider making a contribution to this important issue of the COABE Journal.

To review the details for article submission click here. Deadline: January 15, 2019.


COABE Journal: The Resource for Adult Education

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COABE has published a Journal for 40+ years. As a member of COABE, we invite you to access our special Career Pathways edition which features articles by the very best researchers, practitioners, and leaders in the field of Adult Education.

Have you downloaded the "go to" resource that more than 11,000 COABE members have accessed? This is the all new and improved research to practice adult ed journal that is available online to you free of charge. Get your copy today of the special Career Pathways edition of the COABE Journal.

Open Access Archiving Policy

Authors who have published in the COABE Journal may need to meet funder requirements for open access publication.  Below are the stipulations regarding open access archiving of  papers accepted for publication in the COABE Journal

  • You (the authors) are responsible for informing the editors of any funder requirements regarding open access archiving at the time of submission.

  • Once an article has been accepted for publication, you may post the accepted manuscript (version A) of the article on your own personal website, your department’s website or the repository of your institution without any restrictions.

  • You may not post the accepted version (version A) of the article in any repository other than those listed above (i.e. you may not deposit in the repository of another institution or a subject repository) until 12 months after first publication of the article in the journal.

  • You may use the published article (version P) for your own teaching needs or to supply on an individual basis to research colleagues, provided that such supply is not for commercial purposes.

  • You may not post the published article (version P) on any website or in any repository without permission from COABE.

  • When posting or re-using any version of the article after publication, please provide full citation information and a link to the appropriate DOI for the published version of the article if your article has been assigned a DOI.

Funding bodies, policies and compliance
The COABE Journal has a 12-month embargo on archiving in subject repositories. Some funders require research articles which have resulted from their funding to be made open access. Authors who publish in the COABE Journal may comply with these mandates through open access archiving after 12 months. Therefore,  if the funder requires deposit in less than 12 months, then the author(s) will not be able to publish in this Journal.

Funder Agencies' Open Access Mandates
Please check with your funder if there is a mandate to publish your research open access and the criteria for compliance. There are other resources which may also be helpful:


Abstracts of research articles appearing in this journal and its predecessor, Adult Basic Education: An Interdisciplinary Journal for Adult Literacy Educators, are indexed by the Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) database: http://www.eric.ed.gov/.