The Journal for Research on Adult Education is the leading scientific journal for research debates and findings in the field of adult and continuing education science and associated disciplines. It was launched in the 1970s as the first and only German magazine dedicated exclusively to adult education science.

The journal

•    presents high quality research findings regarding adult learning,  
•    focuses on the academic debate on adult education and learning,
•    supports the exchange with all academic disciplines involved in continuing education research,
•    contributes to the integration of German adult education research in the international context,
•    opens the horizon for future research. 

Since 2015, ZfW is published by Springer VS as an golden open access journal. It is published three times per year (April, August, and December).

With its editors, the DIE provides the central infrastructure. The institute supports the Journal by taking over Article Processing Charges.

The metadata of the journal is listed on the following indices: Google Scholar, CNKI, DOAJ, EBSCO Discovery Service, EBSCO Education Source, EBSCO TOC Premier, OCLC, Summon by ProQuest.

Journal Structure

Every issue is dedicated to a key topic. The topic is introduced by an article "Im Fokus" (In Focus), which provides information on the current state of research. The article guarantees a basic introduction for readers, who are unfamiliar with the topic. In addition to the key topic, the journal also provides the columns "Forum" and "Rezensionen" (Reviews). The column "Forum" provides peer reviewed research findings for discussion, whereas relevant academic publications on adult and continuing education are discussed in "Rezensionen". The journal is published primarily in German. English articles are published regularly. All abstracts to the articles are published both in German and English.

Review Procedure

Since 2006, the articles undergo a double-blind peer review process, which meets internationally acknowledged standards.


Thomas Jung

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