The International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning (IRE) provides a forum for theoretically-informed and policy-relevant applied research in lifelong and life-wide learning in international and comparative contexts. Preferred topic areas include adult education, non-formal education, adult literacy, open and distance learning, vocational education and workplace learning, new access routes to formal education, lifelong learning policies, and various applications of the lifelong learning paradigm. Consistent with the mandate of UNESCO, the IRE fosters scholarly exchange on lifelong learning from all regions of the world, particularly developing and transition countries.

The International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning (IRE) is edited by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL) and published by Springer. UIL (www.uil.unesco.org ) is a global centre of excellence for lifelong learning and learning societies.

  • Provides a forum for theoretically-informed and policy-relevant research in lifelong and life-wide education and learning in international and comparative contexts
  • Examines policy issues, educational trends, and learning innovations from a perspective of lifelong learning
  • Edited by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
  • 94% of authors who answered a survey reported that they would definitely publish or probably publish in the journal again

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  • Paul Stanistreet
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Hybrid. Open Access options available

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49 days
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310 days
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140,495 (2019)
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    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

  • Editor’s Monthly Choice

    Each month, the Executive Editor selects two recently published articles that exemplify the best qualities of our journal: genuinely international scholarship on the theory and practice of lifelong learning, supporting and promoting the development of sustainable learning societies. These two articles may be downloaded and shared free of charge or subscription during the month of their promotion. More...

  • UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning

    The UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning supports Member States in the field of lifelong learning with a focus on adult and continuing education, literacy and non-formal basic education. It pays special attention to UNESCO’s Global Priority Africa and Global Priority Gender Equality. It has one of the largest libraries in the world within its specialized field and hosts the world’s longest-running journal of comparative education and lifelong learning.

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1573-0638
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0020-8566
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