Publications

ALARA produces two peer-reviewed publications and occasional other (generally peer-reviewed) publications, as well as a regular email news update:

  • A journal twice a year,
  • A monograph series at variable frequency, but often twice yearly,
  • World Congress Proceedings, and occasionally, papers or books from Australasian Conferences, and
  • A fortnightly e-News for ALARA members, with news of events and items of importance for the AL / AR community.

These publications are managed by a Publications Working Group. If you are an ALARA member with an interest in working on publications, please contact the Publications Coordinator at editor [at] alarassociation.org. If you can assist ALARA in its work, please see our Working with ALARA page.

Action Learning and Action Research Journal

Through the Action Learning and Action Research Journal (ALARj), now in its 19th year of production, ALARA promotes the study and practice of Action Learning (AL), Action Research (AR) and related approaches, and AL and AR networking on a global basis. There are usually two issues of the ALARj each year.

The ALARj contains project reports, reflections on seminars and conferences, papers related to the theory and practice of action learning, action research and related approaches, and reviews of recent publications. It aims to be highly accessible for readers, contributors and practitioners.

We place electronic copies of the ALARj on this website a year after members receive access to them: see attached PDF files (you will need to be a member or have Temporary Member Access to this site to access these files). You can order a hardcopy of recent issues (since Vol 18 No 1) through the printing service at Sydney University Press.

The abstracts of each article in recent issues of the ALARj are available online to the general public through the Online Journal Service (OJS). Access to the full content of these issues of the ALARj is only available to Financial members.

If you wish to submit an item for consideration for publication in the ALARj, please look at the Submission guidelines.

ALARj's authors tell us what publishing in the Journal means to them:

"I sent the Creative Conferences paper to a colleague who is based at CASS Business School in the UK. It was great timing as we were due to have a call to discuss the possibility of writing a paper together. He had just read the paper when we spoke. He thought it was fabulous. I’m completely chuffed. I’ll be sending it off to a few more people." (C Lloyd, whose paper was published in Vol 20 No 1)

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ALARA Monograph Series

The ALARA Monograph series provides an opportunity for authors to publish quality refereed work that is more extensive than the length of a conventional paper. Authors thus are expected to present in-depth information and analysis on a topic.

The Monograph case studies will contribute to theoretical and practical understanding of AL and AR in applied settings.

The Monographs are targeted at a broad range audience including practitioners, academics, researchers, leaders, community workers, students, etc. A key emphasis is on the fact that the Monographs are formally refereed and only quality case studies will be published. In this situation, quality refers to

  • evidence of rigorous data collection,
  • strong theoretical underpinning,
  • deep reflection on results, and
  • professionally written using APA guidelines.

Case studies in this refereed series contribute to theoretical and practical understandings of AL and AR in applied settings. They deal with:

  • completed AR cases, successful and unsuccessful;
  • partial successes and failures;
  • work in progress;
  • several cases assembled to illustrate important issues; and/or
  • problemative issues in current cases.

ALARA member, David P. Moxley, has commenced as the Editor, and is supported by a Monograph editorial team of Danny Burns, Mary Brydon-Miller, Stephanie Chee, Pip Bruce Ferguson, Geoff Mills, Madhu Ranjan, Pieter Du Toit, Shankar Sankaran, Judith Kearney, and the ALARA Publications Working Group.

Accepted Monographs are published here on the ALARA website. Members of the public can access the abstracts of the Monographs on the Monograph Abstracts page. If you are an ALARA member, or have Temporary Member Access to this site, you can access the electronic version of all Monographs by going to the Monographs page. Printed versions of the Monographs are available from Sydney University Press.

If you wish to submit a paper for consideration for publication, please look at the Submission guidelines.

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Occasional Publications

ALARA or affiliated organisations may publish the proceedings of the ALARA World Congresses, and some other conferences promoted or organised by the ALARA. For example, the 2010 World Congress Proceedings is now available.

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Fortnightly e-News

Whenever there are events, activities and other items of interest to the AL / AR community, ALARA sends a fortnightly email news (e-News) to all financial members. If you have an item that you believe should be broadcast to the AL / AR community via ALARA's e-News, please send the relevant information to secretary [at] alarassociation.org. Please keep the description brief (the e-News is a headlines-type format), and include a link to the relevant website if appropriate.

ALARA also welcomes commercial enterprises wishing to publicise their events and activities to the ALARA community. Fees are very small for inclusion in the e-News.


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