The CDN College Action Inquiry Research Network (CAIRN) Journal aims to be an important voice in the scholarship of the Scottish college sector. It aims to provide a forum to disseminate innovation, knowledge and critical insights through a variety of scholarly submissions. These will include: featured research articles, personal reflection articles and book reviews. In addition, we also seek short thoughtful descriptive narrative articles highlighting innovative practices aimed at enhancing and supporting educational core activities. 

There will be an emphasis on creating a practitioner-orientated publication that is committed to advancing scholarship and knowledge exchange. The intended audience includes those who teach and research within the sector; and those who lead, develop, manage and evaluate delivery provision.

The next issue of the CAIRN journal will be published on 30 September 2024.  The editorial board are keen to encourage as wide a range of people from the college sector to submit draft papers.  The intended audience for the journal includes those who teach and research within the sector and those who lead, develop, manage and evaluate delivery provision.

The editorial board will consider papers relating to a broad range of topics including (but not limited to) the following:

  • Leadership; management and administration
  • Education reform
  • Student learning journey
  • Education and training
  • Teaching, learning and assessment
  • Theoretical and conceptual issues
  • Professional issues
  • Curriculum development
  • Cultural change and structural developments
  • Technological developments
  • International issues and collaborative projects

CAIRN is committed to publishing reviewed articles in an accessible and concise style with contributions from staff and practitioners across the sector, including those working with the sector.  Members of the editorial board are available to offer help to those who are considering submitting a paper but who have little or no experience of publishing academic papers.

Paper Submission deadline: 31 July 2024

Decision date: 30 August 2024

Send your full, draft paper to the following email address:

Further submission guidelines are available online at:

Review process: Members of the editorial board and/or invited reviewers will review each submission on an anonymous basis.  Suggested amendments may be made before a proposal can be accepted for publication.

If you have any questions about the above, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email: