Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Statement of intent:

Community education is seen in the broadest sense to include community work, adult education and youth work and takes place in a range of settings and agencies. We see the concept of community education as dynamic and diverse and do not seek to reflect a fixed view.

  1. We seek to make a contribution to the creation of a critical culture, where workers can engage with each other and their experiences.
  2. We seek to reflect the diversity of views about community education purposes and practice.
  3. We encourage challenges to assumptions and orthodoxies within community education and seek to promote progressive developments.
  4. We wish to stimulate debate which represents a range of viewpoints.
  5. We encourage practitioners to reflect critically on their own experience as a way of re-interpreting existing ideas and generating new ones. In particular, we recognise the value of learning from all practice - ‘ineffective' as well as ‘effective'.
  6. We seek to scrutinise critically policy developments and implications for practice.
  7. We seek to encourage contributions from all sections of the field in the form of reviews, articles and letters.
  8. We offer assistance to any contributor who wishes to develop ideas into print.


Section Policies

Full Issue (PDF format)

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Complete Journal: Print version

content as for online version but laid out for printing entire document

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Concept Journal Back Issue

Checked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Peer Review Process

All articles are edited by at least one member of the editorial group and authors will be contacted regarding any amendments.


Publication Frequency

Concept is published three times a year, Spring (end March), Summer (end of July) and Winter (end of Nov)


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.

This journal’s open access policy is in line with UK research funders’ policies.



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Take Down Policy

Journals using the hosting platform http://journals.ed.ac.uk are encouraged to make every effort to ensure that published content does not infringe any person's rights, or applicable UK laws.


However, if you believe that content, in any of the journals hosted on this platform, may be illegal, please contact the Head of Research & Learning who will review the complaint and take appropriate action.

Research & Learning (Library & University Collections)
Main Library, George Square
Edinburgh, EH8 9LJ
Email: onlinejournals@mlist.is.ed.ac.uk

Please note the Library is staffed 9-5pm Monday-Friday.

Making a complaint

In the body of the email please provide the following information:

  • Describe the infringement in as much detail as possible so that the specific content may be readily identified. The URL in the address bar will allow us to lookup the specific section.
  • Describe your relationship to the content, e.g. I am the author/creator of the material.
  • Describe the grounds for complaint, some examples are:
    • Unauthorised use by reason of reproduction and/or making available the material.
    • Breach of the moral right of [paternity/integrity/right not to have my work subjected to derogatory treatment].
    • Other complaints, e.g. defamation, breach of confidence, data protection.

On receipt of your complaint, the Digital Library will:
  1. Make an initial assessment of its validity
  2. For all but spurious complaints, temporarily remove access to the item that is subject to complaint
  3. Acknowledge receipt of the complaint by email
  4. Contact the journal responsible for the publication of the content in question to invite a response
  5. Seek to verify your identity and authority as complainant
  6. Refer the complaint to the University's Legal Advisor for comment and advice

Potential outcomes:

When the Head of Research & Learning has verified the authenticity of your complaint and has been advised that it is ostensibly legitimate, the file will be permanently removed from public access.
If the Legal Advisor confirms that it does not breach any law then the item will be reinstated.

August 2013

ISSN 2042-6968 (Online)
ISSN 1359-1983 (Print)