The COABE Journal seeks to be the resource that adult educators turn to for learning and inspiration. Since the COABE Journal started using a theme format - first with Career Pathways and most recently with Prison Literacy - we have seen a tremendous response. Nearly 12,000 readers now download and use the Journal. We hope you will consider sharing your expertise as we begin planning for the October 2019 issue.

The next edition of the COABE Journal will focus on leadership. We will be accepting manuscripts that focus on leadership at all levels including, but not limited to, student leadership, leadership in the classroom, teacher leadership, administrative leadership, leadership in giving, leadership in advocacy and public policy, community leadership, and more!

Click below to submit your manuscript. The deadline for submission is June 30, 2019. Contact with questions.

Journal Submissions

Submit a Manuscript

COABE Journal: The Resource for Adult Education is an open-access journal published biannually by the Coalition on Adult Basic Education (COABE). The journal publishes theme-based editions focusing on innovative ideas and practitioner experience that support the field of adult education. All submissions must be originally authored/co-authored pieces that are not currently under consideration for publication or have not been previously published except as part of a workshop, conference, meeting, or webinar.

Various types of articles are considered for publication by the journal that include

  • Original Research

  • Theory to Practice

  • Instructional Practices and Learner Engagement

  • Program Development and Innovations

  • Innovative/Effective Material Integration (print, electronic, software, or technologies)  

  • Review or Reflection pieces


Original Research and Theory to Practice submissions include original quantitative and qualitative research and/or the effective integration of educational theory to practice. The purpose of these pieces is to inspire others to apply these findings and/or practices into their adult education settings or contexts and should range between 3,000 and 5,000 words.

Instructional Practices and Learner Engagement and Program Development and Innovations submissions should focus on best innovative practices for engaging learners in instructional settings and/or programs with unique characteristics or innovative characteristics that yield exceptional adult learner outcomes. These should provide the reader with evidence of effectiveness and positive impact on adult learners that administrators and practitioners can replicate such innovations into their practice and should range between 2,000 and 5,000 words.

Innovative/Effective Material Integration submissions should focus on innovative or cutting-edge practices that integrate print, electronic, software, or other technologies that demonstrate effectiveness in student understanding and outcomes. Manuscripts should present concise overviews of the technologies/materials including relevant publication, url, or other information for acquiring/accessing the resource. Readers of these pieces should be able to effectively integrate these materials into their adult education settings with the expectation of similar learner impact and outcomes and should range between 1,000 and 2,000 words.

Review essays should be a discussion of recently-published books or instructional materials or online instructional resources (websites, YouTube, TED Talks, etc…) that adult education administrators, practitioners, learners, or other stakeholders might find useful in their practice. These materials may include commercially available resources, however, such reviews should focus on the utility of the materials in adult education settings and should range between 800 and 1,200 words.

Reflection essays include thoughtful discussions on issues (societal, policy, political, theoretical, etc...) and their impact on adult education administrators, practitioners, learners, or other stakeholders. These pieces may be written in first-person narrative form with the intent of provoking thoughtful reflection of the reader and should range between 1,000 and 1,200 words. Contact before you begin writing. This is an important step in the process.


  • Manuscripts must be formatted according to current APA (American Psychological Association) guidelines including 12pt. Times New Roman font, one-inch margins, and double spacing.

  • A separate title page must include the primary authors name, address, telephone number(s), e-mail address, and a two- to three-sentence biography of each author.

  • An abstract of up to 250 words and three to five key words must be included on the first page of the manuscript.

Additional Formatting Information

Manuscripts must be formatted according to current APA (American Psychological Association) style guidelines. A concise example created by Purdue University can be found here. If you are brand new to APA style, we also highly recommend reviewing this webpage for more detailed information about constructing your manuscript and formatting references according to APA style. 

Copy Editing

Manuscripts accepted for publication will be edited for APA style, grammar, punctuation, and readability.

Copyright and Ownership

The COABE Journal operates as a Creative Commons publication. For details on Creative Commons, go to