Focus and Scope

Dialogues in Social Justice: An Adult Education Journal (DSJ) (ISSN 2578-2029) is a scholarly, blind peer-reviewed, open-access journal of original high-quality research, policy, theory, and practice articles, reflection essays,  book and resource reviews, and arts-based works related to all aspects of social justice in the field of adult, continuing, and adult higher education. DSJ desires to make connections between the study and practice of social justice education from its historical and global roots in adult education to contemporary social justice research and practice. DSJ also provides a forum for the social activist scholar, artist, photographer, documentarian, and photo journalist for social justice learning. Submissions undergo a peer-review process. There are no author fees.




DSJ publishes two issues per year (Spring, Fall) and uses a learner-centered mentoring model to support and encourage scholars in both their activism and scholarship. Scholarship from emerging scholars, practitioners and activists is encouraged. Scholars who present at the pre-conferences of the Adult Education Research Conference (i.e. African Diaspora, Asian Diaspora, and LBGTQ) as well as graduate students and emerging scholars affiliated with the Graduate Student and International special interest groups of the American Association of Adult and Continuing Education are strongly encouraged to submit work to DSJ for publication consideration.

Submission Types

Issues include articles based on empirical research, or theorization from literature, practice and/or policy  (5000-7000 words), book and media reviews (500-700 words), description of resources in practice (1200-3000 words), reflection essays (1200-3500 words), arts-based work, and other resources on contemporary or historical issues in the area of social justice in adult education. Refer to submission guidelines for more information. SettingsAuthors must have an online account before they can submit a manscript for review. Please email our editorial team at dsjadulteducation@gmail.com to get this process started.

Editorial Team

DSJ's editorial team and editorial board are comprised of several scholars, including early career scholars. Editorial  board members serve as anonymous peer-reviewers  in addition to providing general guidance. 

Peer Review Process

All submissions are peer reviewed. Recommendations from the reviewers inform the editors’ manuscript selections.

All reviewers have an earned doctorate and publication experience with the exception advanced graduate students, early career scholars, and practitioners who are provided an opportunity to serve as guest reviewers under the guidance of an advanced career scholar. 

Full-length articles are double anonymous peer-reviewed by at least 1 external reviewer. Reflection Essays and Book Reviews and Resources are peer-reviewed by a general editor, editorial board member and/or external reviewer.  Arts-based works may be reviewed by artists familiar with that genre and/or by the editors.

The review process typically takes between 12-16 weeks.

For general questions and comments about the peer-review process, the journal or its editorial policies that are not addressed here, we encourage potential authors to contact the Senior Editors directly at dsjadulteducation@gmail.com.

Publication Frequency

Two issues are published per year (Spring, Fall). Special issues may also be published at other times.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


College of Education, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Journal History

Dialogues in Social Justice: An Adult Education Journal (DSJ) was established by Dr. Lisa R. Merriweather and Dr. Dionne M. Rosser-Mims in 2015 to address issues and concerns related to equity, diversity, and social justice in adult education. They served as the Editors in Chief. Subsequently, invitations were extended to Dr. Mervin Chisolm to join the team of editors, Dr. Joni Schwartz to serve as the Reflections Editor, and Dr. Brendaly Drayton to serve as the Book Review and Resources Editor. The inaugural issue was published in February 2016 and featured reflections of the past, present and future authored by respected scholars in the field. A themed issue format was subsequently adopted in 2017.


If you are interested in submitting your work, volunteering as a peer reviewer, or otherwise getting involved with DSJ; you can register by sending an email request to dsjadulteducation@gmail.com. We look forward to you working with us.