ACCESS – Information for Authors

About the Journal

ACCESS: Contemporary Issues in Education is an international, peer-reviewed journal publishing high-quality, original research, online Open Access journal, owned and published by the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Inc (PESA).

ACCESS provides a forum where current educational concerns and trends – theoretical, empirical, and practical – can be expressed and critical discussion promoted. Please see the journal’s Aims & Scope for information about its focus.

The ACCESS Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement sets out standards of expected ethical behaviour for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer and the publisher. Our ethics statements are based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

ACCESS  accepts original articles but can only publish manuscripts in English.

ISSN: 0111-8889

Open Access

ACCESS: Contemporary Issues in Education is an open access journal, which means your article will be free to access online immediately on publication, increasing the visibility, readership and impact of your research.

We currently use Green Open Access, so that copyright is held by PESA.

There is no article publishing charge (APC) for your article to be open access. However, there is a charge for re-publication. For details please contact

Peer Review

ACCESS: Contemporary Issues in Education is committed to peer-review integrity and upholding the highest standards of review. Once your paper has been assessed for suitability by the editor, it will then be double blind peer reviewed by independent, anonymous expert referees.

Preparing Your Paper


Your paper should be compiled in the following order:

  1. A separate title page – with details as below
  2. A separate file in this order:


keywords – 5

main text


declaration of interest statement

references – in APA 7th edition style

appendices (as appropriate)

table(s) with caption(s) (on individual pages)


figure captions (as a list)

Word Limit

Papers for this journal should be no more than 6000 words, including tables, references, figure captions, footnotes, endnotes. Please include a word count for your paper.

Style Guidelines

Please refer to these quick style guidelines here when preparing your paper, rather than any previously published articles.

Any spelling style is acceptable so long as it is consistent within the manuscript.

Please use single quotation marks, except where ‘a quotation is “within” a quotation’. Please note that long quotations (30 words or more) should be indented without quotation marks.


Papers should be submitted in Word docx

  • left align, 12 point, Times New Roman font
  • Leave a line between paragraphs.
  • Use your name for your file & first words of your title (e.g. ASmithEthicsPhil.docx) & send your file to:

Figures should be saved separately from the text.


Please use APA 7th Edition style.

Checklist: What to Include

  1. Author details. All authors of a manuscript should include their full name and affiliation on the cover page of the manuscript.
    Please include ORCIDs and social media links (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn).
    One author will need to be the corresponding author, with their email address displayed in the article.
    Authors’ affiliations are where the research was conducted. If any co-authors move affiliation during the peer-review process, the new affiliation can be provided as a footnote. Changes to affiliation cannot be made after your paper is accepted.
  2. Abstract: written maximum 200 words.
  3. In addition you may opt to include a video abstract with your article. Check with the Editor once your article has been accepted
  4. Keywords – up to 5 relevant words so your article can be more discoverable, including information on choosing a title and search engine optimization.
  5. Funding details. Check your funders’ open access policy mandates so that you meet their requirements. Please supply all details required by your funding and grant-awarding bodies as follows:
    For single agency grants
    This work was supported by the [Funding Agency] under Grant [number xxxx].
    For multiple agency grants
    This work was supported by the [Funding Agency #1] under Grant [number xxxx]; [Funding Agency #2] under Grant [number xxxx]; and [Funding Agency #3] under Grant [number xxxx].
  6. Disclosure statement. This acknowledges any financial interest or benefit that has arisen from the direct application of your research. For further guidance on what is a conflict of interest and how to disclose it, contact the Editor.
  7. Biographical note. Please supply a short biographical note for each author,– no more than 50 words, plus ORCID number. This could be adapted from your departmental website or academic networking profile. Include a link to website(s) if available.
  8. Data availability statement. If a data set is associated with the paper, please provide information about where the data supporting the results or analyses presented in the paper can be found. Where applicable, this should include the hyperlink, DOI or other persistent identifier associated with the data set(s).
  9. Supplemental online material. Supplemental material can be a video, dataset, fileset, sound file or anything which supports (and is pertinent to) your paper.  Once your paper is accepted, check with the Editor about supplemental material and how to submit it with your article
  10. Figures. Figures need to be high quality (1200 dpi for line art, 600 dpi for grayscale and 300 dpi for colour, at the correct size) and should be supplied in one of our preferred file formats: EPS, PS, JPEG, GIF, or Microsoft Word (DOCX). Please contact the Editor  for any queries
  11. Tables. Please supply editable files.

Using Third-Party Material in your Paper

If you wish to include any material in your article for which you do not hold copyright,  you must obtain written permission and note this in your article prior to submission. The use of short extracts of text and some other types of material is usually permitted, on a limited, fair-use basis, for the purposes of criticism and review without securing formal permission.

Submitting Your Paper

Please read the Guidelines above and then submit your paper to

Please note that ACCESS: Contemporary Issues in Education uses Crossref™ to screen papers for unoriginal material. By submitting your paper to ACCESS you are agreeing to originality checks during the peer-review and production processes.

On acceptance, we recommend that you keep a copy of your Accepted Manuscript.

Copyright Options

ACCESS: Contemporary Issues in Education is Open Access. Copyright allows you to protect your original material, and stop others from using your work without your permission. ACCESS: Contemporary Issues in Education offers a number of different license and reuse options, including Creative Commons licenses.


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