The course bulletin is published once a year. It was first published under the title Adult Education and Librarianship, and later renamed Studies in Lifelong Learning and Adult Education (Vol. 33 of which was published in 2008). Starting from the 2009 academic year (beginning in April) and Vol. 34, the journal is published under the title Studies in Lifelong Learning Infrastructure Management, and continue its broad coverage of lifelong learning, social education, and library and information science.

Accessing the journal

From Vol. 20, electronic copies of the bulletin are available online at UT Repository: Lifelong Learning and Social Education Laboratory. Volumes 1 to 19 can be found in some libraries. You can check the availability of the volumes by searching the National Institute of Informatics’ Webcat Plus.

Submission of manuscripts

Submissions must follow the rules set out below. Please read these rules carefully before submitting manuscripts for publication.

Submission rules

  1. Course teaching staff, graduate students, and other individuals authorized by the editorial committee are eligible to submit manuscripts for publication.
  2. Manuscripts may take one of three forms: (a) articles; (b) research notes; or (c) research materials.
  3. Manuscripts must be in Japanese or English. Regardless of which language is used, the title, author name, author affiliation, abstract and keywords for all manuscripts must be written in both Japanese and English.
  4. Articles written in Japanese should be around 20,000 characters in length, and research notes around 12,000 characters. Articles written in English should be between 6,000 to 8,000 words in length, and research notes around 3,000 to 4,000 words. Research materials in Japanese should be no more than 20,000 characters, and in English no more than 8,000 words. A diagram should be calculated as 400 characters or 200 words.
  5. Manuscripts should be clearly readable and written by using template files (LaTeX or MS Word) distributed below. Authors should adhere to the latest version of the bulletin’s style guide and template files. Note that manuscripts not following the guide may be rejected.
  6. Authors wishing to submit manuscripts should contact the editorial committee via email (submit-kiyou[at] by the last day of August to make a submission application. This should specify (in the language in which the manuscript will be written) the author name, author affiliation, title, and manuscript type. The manuscripts should be submitted to the editorial committee by the end of October.

Consideration of manuscripts

  1. After receiving comments from reviewers, the editorial committee determines whether to accept or reject manuscripts. Manuscripts submitted as articles may be recommended for publication as research notes or research materials.
  2. The editorial committee categorizes manuscripts as either: (a) accepted; (b) accepted with revisions; (c) to be sent back to reviewers after revisions; or (d) rejected. Manuscripts categorized as in need of revision under (b) or (c) should be rewritten and resubmitted to the editorial committee by the specified deadline, along with comprehensive answers addressing the problems identified by reviewers. If manuscripts that is categorized as (c) to be sent back to reviewers after revisions in initial peer reviews are revised and submitted by the deadline, the editorial committee categorizes the manuscripts as either: (a) accepted; (b) accepted with revisions; (c) rejected. In the case of (b) accepted with revisions, the revision will be acceptable more than one to the extent that time permits.
  3. Manuscripts accepted for publication should be submitted to the editorial committee (submit-kiyou[at] as camera-ready copy strictly adhering to the format set out in the template files. The copy should be submitted in both (a) .tex or .doc format, and (b) pdf format. Further corrections by the committee will not be made after the copy is submitted. Authors must therefore take responsibility for carefully checking their manuscripts before submitting camera-ready copy, including for adherence to formatting requirements.
  4. Manuscripts accepted for publication are subject to retransmission for non-profit purposes in unaltered form and under the author’s name. Manuscripts will be made available electronically via UT Repository in accordance with these criteria.
  5. Authors who want offprints of their manuscripts may request this when submitting their final camera-ready copy, specifying the number of copies. The cost of offprints shall be borne by authors and paid by bank transfer which the committee will specify later.


Editorial Committee for Studies in Lifelong Learning Infrastructure Management
submit-kiyou [at]