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Focus and Scope

The International Journal of Educational and Life Transitions is an international peer reviewed journal which publishes articles and multimedia outputs of interest to researchers, practitioners and policy makers in the field of educational and life transitions across the world.

The Journal is interdisciplinary in approach, and publishes research studies (theoretical, conceptual, methodological and empirical), policy reviews, literature reviews, and multi-media and creative outputs (e.g., poetry, comics). Multi-media can also be embedded in the articles.

Research involving more than one discipline, sector (e.g., academic and practitioner) and nation are particularly encouraged.

Some examples of multiple and multi-dimensional educational and life transitions include, but are not limited to transitions:

  • to and through primary school
  • to adulthood of disabled children and young people
  • of international families
  • from paediatric to adult services
  • from hospital to community
  • of LGBTQ+ young adults to and through employment
  • of families who have experienced bereavement
  • to parenthood of mothers with preterm babies
  • of older adults towards age-friendly cities and communities

The focus within these transitions could, for example, be on educational, social, cultural and/or psychological adaptation in multiple contexts such as home, school, workplace and/or community.


The vision of IJELT is to be recognised as the leading interdisciplinary journal for educational and life transitions research, with contributions from academics, practitioners and policy makers from around the world.


  • Promote educational and life transitions research internationally
  • Promote interdisciplinarity in educational and life transitions research
  • Enhance the quality and rigour of educational and life transitions research
  • Publish research that will inform (and improve) policy and practice
  • Engage academic researchers, policy makers and practitioners
  • Involve researchers at different stages in their career
  • Make research freely available through Open Access
  • Create a more inclusive publishing platform so that researchers are not restricted by APC costs
  • Provide platform for different styles of articles

Publication Frequency

The journal is published online as a continuous volume and issue throughout the year. Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publicly available.

Special collections of articles are welcomed and will be published as part of the normal issue, but also within a separate collection page

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. There is no embargo on the journal’s publications. Submission and acceptance dates, along with publication dates, are made available on each publication.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Authors are encouraged to publish their data in recommended repositories. For a list of generic and subject specific repositories that meet our peer review criteria, see here.

Archiving Policy

Ubiquity Press focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. Content is also archived around the world to ensure long-term availability.

This journal is indexed by the following services:

In addition, the journal is available for harvesting via OAI-PMH.

To ensure permanency of all publications, this journal also utilises CLOCKSS, and LOCKSS archiving systems to create permanent archives for the purposes of preservation and restoration.

If the journal is not indexed by your preferred service, please contact us or alternatively by making an indexing request directly with the service.

Annotation and post-publication comment

The journal platform permits readers to leave comments on the publication page. Readers will need an account to leave comments. The journal platform also includes in-browser annotation and text highlighting options on full text formats via Readers will have the option to make these publicly available, available to a group, or private.

Advertisement policy

The journal does not normally display adverts. On occasion, the editorial board may decide to display advertisements that are of relevance to its scope and will be of interest to the readership (e.g. upcoming conferences). All advertising space is provided free of charge and the editor and publisher have the right to decline or withdraw adverts at any point. Adverts will include a text heading to make it clear that they are adverts not related to the journal.

If you wish to propose a potential advert then please contact the editorial team. All advert images will have to be provided to the publisher.


This journal is sponsored by the University of Dundee, UK.

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