Aims and scope

Zeitschrift für Weiterbildungsforschung (ZfW) – Journal for Research on Adult Education is the leading academic journal for research debates and findings in the field of adult and continuing education and associated disciplines. It was launched in the 1970s as the first and only German academic journal dedicated exclusively to adult education. Since 2015, ZfW has been published as an open access journal with the editorial infrastructure being provided by the Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung (“German Institute for Adult Education“).

The journal presents high-quality research findings addressing all aspects of adult learning. Supporting the exchange with all academic disciplines involved in continuing education, ZfW focuses on the academic debate on adult education and learning. In particular, the journal contributes to the integration of German adult education in the international context and opens the horizon for future research. All original articles undergo a double-blind peer review process in accordance with international standards.

While the journal primarily publishes German-language research, the editorial board welcomes manuscripts submitted in English.

Article Publication Charges/APCs
As of January 1, 2021, the Zeitschrift für Weiterbildungsforschung (ZfW) (“Journal for Research on Adult Education”) as a Fully Open Access journal participates in the German Publish and Read licensing agreement "DEAL" between Springer Nature and "Projekt DEAL":  

Over 900 participating German universities and research institutions cover the Article Publication Charge (APC) for the publication of an Open Access Article by their researchers, who are the corresponding authors of the article. 

The Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung (“German Institute for Adult Education“) provides financial support to aid any authors who require assistance with the APC (1200 EUR/ 940 GBP/ 1475 USD) for their manuscript.

Authors who are not working at an institution participating in "Projekt DEAL" are asked to provide a code upon submission of their article in the electronic submission and peer review system Editorial Manager in order to have APC covered by the Deutsches Institut für Erwachsenenbildung: BB-DIE-ZWFW-1220

Please do not hesitate to contact the editorial office ( if you have any questions about funding opportunities. 

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No further fees are charged for the submission and processing of articles.