About the Journal

Journal History

For almost 60 years, the Alberta Journal of Educational Research (AJER) has been published by the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, as a peer-reviewed journal for the dissemination of educational research findings, and as a forum for the discussion of issues in education. When publication began in 1955, the focus of the journal was primarily the Province of Alberta. Then, as now, a purpose of AJER was to apprise Alberta school teachers and administrators of current educational research and trends in educational policy. AJER is the oldest active Canadian scholarly educational journal.

Peer Review Process

The Editor conducts an initial review for appropriateness, length, rigour, and structure. Suitable manuscripts are then subject to a double-blind review process. The review process involves no less than two reviewers, but usually entails three and sometimes four reviewers.

Abstracts are sent to members of our Review Board, who either indicate a willingness to review specific submissions, or they suggest names of scholars they believe would be appropriate reviewers. Names of graduate students well along in their programs are acceptable. Selection of the reviewers is made by the Editor based on the information received.

Upon receipt of the reviews, the Editor makes a decision based on the reviewers’ recommendations and comments. Authors are then informed of the decision. In the case of an initiation to ‘revise and resubmit’, one or two of the original reviewers is solicited to undertake a subsequent review.


Publication Frequency

The Alberta Journal of Educational Research publishes quarterly. A volume includes four issues - Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter.


Delayed Open Access

The contents of this journal will be available in an open access format 12 month(s) after an issue is published.

Effective 1 April 2017: The contents of this journal will be available in an open access format 12 month(s) after an issue is published.



This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...


Terms & Conditions of Usage - Effective 1 April 2017

Access to articles published in the online version of the current volume and previous volume of the Alberta Journal of Educational Research (AJER) is limited to institutions and individuals with a subscription (a "subscriber"). Articles published in the online version of AJER previous to the above referenced volumes are available to anyone, without need for a subscription ("other users").

By subscribing to, and/or accessing AJER Online (hereinafter called the "Journal") you agree to be bound by the following terms and conditions of this Agreement.

1. Copyright

The copyright in the Journal, including abstracts, is owned by the Governors of the University of Alberta, represented by the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta (the "Journal Publisher"). Copyright notices in the Journal may not be removed, obscured, or modified in any way. Unauthorized copying or redistribution of the Journal content is a violation of copyright laws.

All subscribers and other users acknowledge that they have no claim to any rights in the Journal or its contents by reason of their use of or access to the Journal, except as expressly permitted herein.

2. The Licences

Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement and upon payment of the annual subscription fee, the Journal Publisher grants to a subscriber for a one-year period a non-transferable licence for access to all materials included in the online version of the Journal, including the volumes of the Journal for the one current year of publication.

Subject to the terms and conditions of this Agreement, the Journal Publisher grants to all other users a license for access to all materials included in the Journal, but not including the volumes of the Journal for the one current year of publication.

3. Terms of access and use

Subject to the form of license granted:

  1. access for subscribers and other users will be to the full database of the Journal, including: tables of contents, abstracts, full text and graphics of all articles, including multi-media adjuncts, where appropriate and available;
  2. Individual subscribers will have access to the Journal through a user ID and password;
  3. Institutional subscribers' access to the Journal shall be controlled through the use of Internet Protocol (IP) addresses or domain names. Institutional subscribers are responsible for ensuring that the Journal Publisher has been supplied with the name and email address of the institution’s primary contact and valid IP addresses. The Journal is to be notified of changes within 30 days;
  4. An institutional subscriber may authorize any of its employees, faculty, staff, students or onsite users to access and use the Journal in the same manner in which the institution as subscriber is entitled to do;
  5. Any subscriber or other user may search, retrieve, save, download and print out copies of individual articles or other items from the database of the Journal for their scholarly, educational, research or personal use.

All rights not expressly granted herein are reserved to the Journal Publisher, and for greater clarity:

  1. Items from the Journal may not be copied or distributed for commercial advantage, nor can any fees or charges be made in connection with such items;
  2. Material from the Journal may not be translated, altered, re-compiled, manipulated or used to prepare derivative works, or published in any other format in any medium without written permission from the Journal Publisher;
  3. Author's names, copyright notices, or any other means of identification must not be removed or altered from how they appear in the Journal;
  4. Items from the online Journal database may not be mounted or distributed on any electronic network, including without limitation the Internet and the World Wide Web without written permission from the Journal Publisher;
  5. Activities that may burden the Journal Publisher's server are not allowed (e.g., automatic download of content by robots, spiders, crawlers, wanderers, accelerators, etc.)
  6. Recompiling, publication or republication of the articles from the Journal, or any portion thereof, in any form or medium whatsoever, are not permitted without written permission from the Journal Publisher.

4. Unauthorized usage

Any subscriber or other user shall promptly notify the Journal Publisher of any known infringements of copyright in relation to the Journal, or any other such unauthorized activity, of which it becomes aware.

Institutional subscribers and institutional other users and shall take reasonable steps to prevent or to cease any unauthorized activity by any member of that institution of they become aware, and to prevent any recurrence thereof.

An individual subscriber is responsible for maintaining security over, and controlling use of, the individual’s access, including user ID and password.

5. Disclaimers

The Journal Publisher:

  1. does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of any information contained in the Journal, nor the availability of access to the Journal continuously, or at any given time;
  2. will have no liability to any person for any loss or damage arising out of use of, or inability to use or access the Journal;
  3. reserves the right to modify the terms of this Agreement immediately by providing notice online and directly to institutions by electronic and conventional mail. Continued use of the Journal for more than 30 days after such notice shall constitute acceptance of such modification;
  4. reserves the right to raise the annual subscription fee by giving at least three months notice prior to the next renewal date. The fee for each year the subscription is renewed must be paid on or before the renewal date.
  5. The opinions, claims, and conclusions expressed in the articles published in the The Alberta Journal of Educational Research (AJER) are those of the authors. They do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of AJER, its editors, its reviewers, the University of Alberta, its administration, or Board of Governors. The research and theories presented in these articles are solely the claims of the contributing author(s). AJER assumes no responsibility for damages arising from the use or misuse of information contained in these articles.

6. Duration of the Agreement

This Agreement becomes effective upon a subscriber completing a subscription request, or upon a user accessing the Journal, and does not terminate.

Access to the Journal will terminate, or be terminated as follows:

  1. At the end of a paid subscription period if the subscription is not renewed. Subscribers who don’t renew will still have access to the Volumes they subscribed to and to the Journal archives;
  2. Upon a breach of this Agreement that has been uncorrected within thirty (30) days of the Journal Publisher sending notice that the alleged breach has occurred, and in the discretion of the Journal Publisher. No refund will be provided to a subscriber upon such termination;
  3. Access will be suspended immediately upon detection of a breach of this Agreement that affects the Journal Publisher's servers and/or the access of others. The Journal Publisher will use reasonable efforts to notify the subscriber or other user by email as soon as possible. If not corrected, the user's or subscriber’s access will not be reinstated and no refund will be provided to such subscriber;
  4. Following notice from a subscriber or other user not accepting changes to the Agreement. A refund for the remaining subscription period will be sent to any such subscriber.

If you have any questions regarding this Agreement or the use of AJER online, please contact us by email or by phone.

Updated: 15 February 2017


Privacy Policy

AJER is committed to protecting user privacy online. We will not disclose individually-identifiable information about a user to any third party without the express permission of the user, unless required to by government or other law enforcement authority.

AJER may link to independently run web sites outside of the ajer.ca domain. We take no responsibility for the content or the privacy practices of such web sites.

AJER uses Google Analytics to track statistical information about the numbers of visitors to the site. To do this Google Analytics sets first party cookies on each visitor’s computer. This is used to store anonymous information. We do not collect any information though our traffic logging that allows us to personally identify users.

This policy may be updated from time to time. If significant changes are made, a notice will be posted on the home page of the website.


Book Review Guidelines for Authors

The Alberta Journal of Educational Research (AJER) is a scholarly quarterly journal, published in Canada, devoted to the dissemination, criticism, interpretation, and encouragement of all forms of systematic enquiry into education and fields related to or associated with education.

Book reviews submitted to AJER should move beyond providing a summary of the book’s contents to providing a critical evaluation of the book being reviewed. This can include (but is not limited to) identifying unique or significant contributions the book makes to its field, identifying any shortfalls or gaps evident in the book, and recommendations regarding a target audience(s) for the book.

Submission of a book review manuscript to AJER implies, and is an undertaking on the part of the author(s), that neither the manuscript nor any substantially similar manuscript has been published, is in press, or is under consideration elsewhere. This is a condition for publication in AJER. Prior to publication, authors will assign their copyright to AJER by means of a standard form.


Use a standard typeface and size, such as Times New Roman 12 pt. and double-space throughout, including block quotations, references, and notes. Book review manuscripts are not to exceed 2000 words excluding references. Please indicate the word count (text only) in the cover letter accompanying manuscripts.


AJER's editorial style conforms to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (7h ed.). Manuscripts that do not conform may be returned for adjustment. For spelling, consult Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary. Spelling in quoted material must remain as in the original.


Sources cited appear in parentheses after each reference (direct or otherwise), giving author's name (unless mentioned in text), year of publication, and page number(s) in the case of direct quotes. Enclose quotes of fewer than 40 words in double quotation marks in the text; indent quotes 40 words or longer in block format. Page numbers must be given.

List all sources alphabetically at the end of the manuscript under the heading References using APA style.

Footnotes are not allowed, and the use of endnotes is discouraged; however, necessary brief explanatory notes, numbered consecutively and marked in the text with superscript numerals, may appear before the References under the heading Notes; citations in notes follow the same format as other references.


Generally, graphics are not necessary in book reviews. If used, they should be used sparingly. Number tables and figures with Arabic numerals and provide each on a separate page at the end of the manuscript. Prepare tables using tabs not entering data column by column. Indicate placement of figures and tables in text, e.g., Insert Figure 3 about here.


Manuscripts must be submitted electronically through our online submission system (submissions can no longer be accepted through email). The preferred file formats are Microsoft Word and Rich Text Format (RTF). Please note that space for the publication of book reviews is limited. We are only considering reviews of books published in the current and immediately preceding years (2021-22). 

E-mail: anuik @ ualberta.ca (remove spaces)

Book reviews are commissioned by our Book Review Editor. Prospective reviewers, please e-mail your CV and review interests to:

Dr. Jonathan Anuik, Book Review Editor
Alberta Journal of Educational Research
7-104 Education North
11210 - 87 Avenue
Faculty of Education
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2G5

Tel: (780) 492-0765
Fax: (780) 492-2024
E-mail: anuik @ ualberta.ca (remove spaces)
Web site: http://www.edpolicystudies.ualberta.ca/People/Faculty/Anuik.aspx



AJER is indexed in the following indexing and abstracting services:

Academic OneFile; ArticleFirst; Arts and Humanities Search; Australian Education Index; CSA Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts (Selective); Canadian Business and Current Affairs Complete (CBCA); Canadian Business and Current Affairs Education (CBCA); Communication Abstracts Online; Contents Pages in Education; Current Abstracts; EBSCOhost Education Research Complete; Education Research Index; Educational Administration Abstracts; Educational Research Abstracts Online; Educator's Reference Complete; ERIC (Education Resources Information Center); FRANCIS; MLA International Bibliography (Modern Language Association); Multicultural Education Abstracts (Print); PAIS International (Public Affairs Information Service); Personal Alert (E-mail); Professional ProQuest Central; ProQuest Central; ProQuest Micromedia; PsycFIRST; PsycINFO; RILM Abstracts of Music Literature; Russian Academy of Sciences Bibliographies; SCOPUS (Elsevier BV); Sociological Abstracts (Online); Sociology of Education Abstracts; Special Educational Needs Abstracts; Studies on Women and Gender Abstracts; TOC Premier (Table of Contents); Vocational Education & Training Abstracts (Online); Google Scholar; Synergies: Canada's SSH Research Infrastructure; Cabell's Directory

(main source: Ulrich's Web Global Serials Directory, June 16, 2011)



The opinions, claims, and conclusions expressed in the articles published in the The Alberta Journal of Educational Research (AJER) are those of the authors. They do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of AJER, its editors, its reviewers, the University of Alberta, its administration, or Board of Governors. The research and theories presented in these articles are solely the claims of the contributing author(s). AJER assumes no responsibility for damages arising from the use or misuse of information contained in these articles.


Self-Archiving Policy

Authors of articles published in the Alberta Journal of Educational Research (AJER) are permitted to self-archive the Page Proof version of their published article in accordance with this Self-Archiving Policy after an embargo period of twelve (12) months from the date of publication. Authors may not, at any time, self-archive the final published version.

The Page Proof version is the version sent to authors for final review after peer review, copyediting, and layout of the article have been completed. The Page Proof version includes the watermark “Page Proof”, a final page bookmark notice, and draft pagination.

After the twelve (12) month embargo period, the Page Proof version may only be self-archived on:

  • the author’s personal website;
  • the author’s company or institutional repository or website, including an open access repository; and
  • not-for profit subject-based repositories.

AJER grants this permission free of charge, subject to the following conditions:

  • full acknowledgement is made to the final publication, including authors, editors, and publisher;
  • where applicable, the author obtains permission to self-archive from any co-authors and/or co-editors; and
  • the following notice is included and prominently displayed with the Page Proof version: “This is the Page Proof version of the following article [FULL CITATION], which has been published in final form at ajer.ca, self-archived with permission from the Alberta Journal of Educational Research.”

The Page Proof version may only be used for the purposes of research and private study. Any other proposed use requires the express written permission of the AJER.