Contribute to AJEC

Given the multidisciplinary nature of the early childhood sector, ECA and SAGE Publishing (SAGE) welcomes submissions from a variety of perspectives. All AJEC submissions should provide a contemporary and informative contribution to the early childhood sector.

ECA acknowledges the unique place of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in our society, the past and current injustices and realities for them across Australia as well as the enduring strength of their cultures and identities. We commit to be at the forefront of achieving a reconciled nation that values, respects and celebrates Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing and being.

AJEC welcomes submissions from authors who identify as Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander, First Nations or Australian South Sea Islanders.

For interested authors, it is recommended to look closely at the ECA author guidelines [Word Doc 89kb] and Manuscript submission guidelines before submitting a manuscript.

The maximum word count, including references, is 6,500 per paper. Submitted papers that are over this word limit or are without ethical considerations will be rejected.

ECA and SAGE recognise the importance of ensuring that the voices of leading academics and practices in the early childhood sector are shared promptly and efficiently. Therefore, AJEC is published through an article first workflow—not only does your article publish in hard copy but publishes online first.

AJEC publishes peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of the education and care of young children, to impart new information and encourage the critical exchange of ideas among practitioners, academics and students in the early childhood sector. Becoming an AJEC reviewer is a voluntary position and ECA and SAGE both encourage and appreciate the work undertaken by our reviewers.

To submit an article to our journal, or to become a reviewer of the journal please visit our online platform SAGE Track.

To view the AJEC author and reviewer guidelines please visit SAGE Track and click on the ‘Instructions & Forms’ link under the ‘Resources’ list.

COVID-19 impact on peer review

As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we understand that many authors and peer reviewers will be making adjustments to their professional and personal lives. As a result, they may have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process. Please let the AJEC Editor know if you need additional time. Although our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines we intend to be flexible during this difficult time.

Thank you for choosing to submit your paper to AJEC.