Guidelines for Editors

The co-editors are jointly responsible for tendering a proposal for an issue of The Learner Development Journal and bringing together a group of contributors with a shared interest in exploring a particular theme together. The co-editors work with the contributors to develop papers to a point where they can be sent to the Review Network. They continue to work with authors as they engage with the reviewers’ comments, refine their texts, and finalise them for publication. The editors also agree a schedule in advance with the Learner Development Journal Steering Group, to enable the journal to be published online by a regular date each year. The issue co-editors are responsible for identifying and inviting researcher-practitioners from outside the SIG who would be willing to contribute to a particular issue, and for providing an overview of work relevant to the theme, as well as a conclusion raising questions from the body of work in that issue.

Proposals from SIG members who would like to act as issue editors for a particular theme are warmly welcomed. Ideas may be, initially, tentative, but can, through group discussion, collaboration and research, develop over time into a collection of papers around one theme. Ideas could be developed by groups at local get-togethers of the SIG or through online collaboration, for example. Themes could also emerge from forums that the SIG organises at different conferences.

If you are interested in editing (with one or more others) an issue of The Learner Development Journal on a theme relating to learner development, we would love to hear from you about your ideas and interests.

1. Possible themes for a future issue of the journal might include:

  • action research
  • assessment
  • content-based learning
  • creativity
  • critical literacy
  • digital literacy
  • globalization
  • identity
  • international communities of learners
  • learner autonomy
  • learner development outside of formal education
  • learner emotion
  • learners as researchers
  • motivation
  • multilingualism
  • reflection
  • self-access
  • …,

all of which have been mentioned by LD members as potentially interesting areas to research and explore together. Other areas of focus to do with learner development are possible.

2. You are welcome to propose other learner development themes too. We are especially interested in practitioner research, student participatory research, and co-authored works.

3. If your proposal were accepted, the next step would be to prepare a Call for Papers to go out in September or October.

4. The overall aim would be to bring together a group of contributors (6-10 papers, book reviews, interviews, and so on) to collaborate under your leadership as co-editors.

5. Contributors would work with each other to read and respond to one another’s work during the research and writing process.

6. For further details about what to put in your proposal, see further below.

7. For further details about the aim, scope and policy of The Learner Development Journal, please visit  the aims and policy page.

8. If you have any questions or would like to check any details with us, please feel free to contact us.

Many thanks in advance – we’re looking forward to hearing from you,


Alison Stewart

Darren Elliott

Tim Ashwell

Learner Development Journal Steering Group (August 2018)