Processing of manuscripts and Author guidelines

Below are the current guidelines that authors who choose to submit an article for peer-review process needs to adopt before submission. Please contact the Editor-in-chief with questions about the instructions.

Criteria for manuscript acceptance

  • Relevance with respect to the scientific scope, purpose and chosen theme of the journal
  • High linguistic, communicative and rhetorical clarity and accessibility
  • Relevance from a general Educational Scientific perspective
  • Theoretical and methodological applicability
  • Other criteria that are important in relation to the current theme and focus


Manuscripts can be submitted in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian or English. Articles should include a summary in English (for an article in Swedish), or in Swedish (for an article in English), keywords and author's affiliation/title in English. We publish in UK English (see Author guidelines below). All manuscripts not written in the mother tongue should be language edited. Funds available for proofreading  are very limited. The author is asked to bear for this. The author can apply for Proofreading grants at the Swedish Research Council.

Submission of manuscripts

Your submit your manuscript as a Microsoft Word document to

Publishing Policy

Articles should not have been published elsewhere. If the article has been submitted to another journal we must be notified. When the article has been accepted for publication it will after some time be published in a print version on the website of the journal and as a printed matter (a book) and electronically in DiVA (University of Skövde electronic Open Access publication).

Arrangement for publishing article

When the article has been accepted for publication, each author must sign a publishing agreement concerning the conditions that apply. The agreement signed must be received by the editors before publication.
Ask for the agreement formula from the editors:

Review process

The submissions are reviewed in two steps. In the first step, the submitted manuscripts are reviewed by the editors and by the guest editor of the current theme. The manuscripts that the editors and the guest editor deems relevant, based on the above assessment criteria, will be sent to two selected anonymous, independent reviewers, who are appointed by the editors. The reviewers will establish and communicate the audit through a review scheme that is sent to the editors:, which communicates the audit to the author.

Author guidelines

  • Manuscripts should be between 4000-7000 words, abstract and references excluded. Send figures and pictures in separate documents for best reproduction. For references use the APA style (5th), with some exceptions, see below.

  • An abstract (100-200 words) should be included, followed by 3-5 keywords. The abstract should be written in English (UK) if the article is in Swedish, Danish or Norwegian, and in Swedish, Danish or Norwegian if the article is in English. The keywords should be written in the same language as the abstract.

  • The manuscript should be presented with the following order: title, abstract, keywords, main text, endnotes, references.
  • All identification of the author should be omitted from manuscript so that they can be sent anonymously to reviewers.
  • A short biography including the name, title(s), affilation(s) of the author(s) together with full postal and email adress of the first author should be submitted in a separate document.
  • Manuscripts should be submitted as a Word document. Use Times New Roman, 12 points, 1,5 spacing for all text, without straight margins. Avoid italics, broadening of text or change of style and size of character. The fifth edition of the APA style should be used (with some exceptions, see below).

  • Do not use style sheets. Do not indent the starts of paragraphs, use space instead. Use endnotes instead of footnotes.

  • If the word or phrase needs to be emphasized. Use italics, not single quotes.
  • If you use colour illustrations, use a color scale suitable for black and white printers. If diagrams, pictures or tables are used, send them in separately and see to that they have high quality. Avoid abbreviations in the text: Instead of 'i.e.', use 'that is'


In running text:

  • Use the author/date system for citations: such as ... (Biesta, 2006). When referring to a certain page '...' (Biesta, 2006. p. 34). List the references in alphabetical order at the end of the manuscript.

  • When referring to multiple authors of the publication refer to all authors the first time and subsequently use 'et al.'. For example, the first time '...' (Öhrn, Lundahl & Beach, 2008) and subsequently '...' (Öhrn et al., 2008). Please note that the names of all authors should be given in the list of references.
  • Note; in the reference list = no dot after the year. For example: instead of 'Olson (2008). XX' use 'Olson (2008) XX' 
  • Always use '&' not 'and' between two authors' names within parenthesis. For example, '...' (Arnot & Dillabough, 2008).
  • When referring to publications by an author in the same year, differentiate them by letter. For example (Irisdotter Aldenmyr, 2009a, 2009b). When referring to different authors in the parenthesis, separate the authors by ';'. För example: (Colnerud, 2004; Gustavsson, 2008; Wigg, 2008)
  • If the author is an organisation or institution and there is an accepted acronym, show the entire name the first time it appears in the text with the acronym in parenthesis. Only use the acronym in subsequent appearances. For example, the first time '... (European Commission [EC], 2001) and the second time '... (EC, 2001).
  • When citing in body text, use double quotation marks rather than single ones. In block quotations the dot follows after the reference, not before.

In the reference list:

Journal articles 

Clarke, M., & Patrickson, M. (2008) The new convenant of employability. Employee relations, 30(3), 121-141.

Biesta, G. (2006) What's the point of lifelong learning if lifelong learning has no point? On the democratic deficit of policies for lifelong learning. European Educational Research Journal, 5(3-4),169-80.


Högberg, R. (2009) Motstånd och konformitet: om manliga yrkeselevers liv och identitetsskapande i relation till kärnämnena. Linköping: LiU Press.

Strauss, A. & Corbin, J. (1998) Basics of qualitative research (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.

Hedke, R. & Zimenkova, T. (Eds.) (2012) Education for Civic and Political Participation: A Critical Approach. London: Routledge.

Johansson, J. (2007) Learning to Be(Come) a good European: A critical analysis of the official European Union discourse on European Identity and Higher Education. Dr Diss. Linköping: LiU Press.

Chapters in books

Lundahl L. (2010) Valet, vägarna och samhällets stöd. In U. Gruffman, J. Honkanen, L. Lidström, A. Lovén, L. Lundahl, G. Nilsson, G. Schedin (Eds.), Att bana vägen mot framtiden: karriärval och vägledning i individuellt och politiskt perspektiv. (pp. 215-232). Lund: Studentlitteratur.

Stern, S. L. (2007) On solid ground: Essential properties for growing grounded theory. In A. Bryant & K. Charmaz (Eds.), The SAGE handbook of grounded theory (pp. 114-126). Los Angeles: Sage Publications.

Jacobsson, G. (2004) A European politics for employability: The political discourse of employability of the EU and the OECD. In C. Garsten & K. Jacobsson (Eds.), Learning to be employable: New agendas on work, responsibility and learning in a globalized world (pp. 42-62). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.


Ministry of Education (1998) SOU 1998:51. Vuxenutbildning och livslångt lärande. Situationen inför och under första året med Kunskapslyftet. Stockholm: Utbildningsdepartementet.


Solblad, K. (2007) Managing your time. Retrieved April 24, 2008, from

AoIR (Association of Internet Researchers) (2002) Ethical decision-making and Internet research. Recommendations from the AoIR ethics working committee. Retrieved October 18, 2010, from

Papers presented at research conferences

Fejes, A. & Nicoll, K. (2010) Governing elderly care workers: A technology of activation and technique of invitation. Paper presented at the 40th annual conference of SCRUTEA, University of Warwick, UK.

Newspaper articles

Clarke, K. (2007) Lifelong Learning for all. World news, 28 January, p. 22.


Editorial (Editor-in-chief):

Urban Carlén, Senior Lecturer,
University of Skövde

Editorial board:

Sara Irisdotter Aldenmyr, Ass.Prof.,
Dalarna Univ./Stockholm Univ.
Agneta Bronäs,
Senior Lecturer; Senior advisor
Stockholm Univ.
Magnus Dahstedt, Ass.Prof.,
Linköping Univ.
Silvia Edling, Senior Lecturer,
Uppsala Univ./University of Gävle
Christian Helms Jørgensen,
Senior Lecturer,
Roskilde Univ., Denmark.
Anders Jakobsson, Prof.,
Malmö Univ.
Ulrika Jepson Wigg, Senior Lecturer,
Mälardalen Univ./Stockholm Univ.
Monica Johansson, Senior Lecturer,
University of Gothenburg
Johan Liljestrand, Senior Lecturer,
University of Gävle
Lisbeth Lundahl, Prof.,
Umeå Univ.
Ann-Marie Markström, Ass.Prof.,
Linköping Univ.
Maria Olson, Ass.Prof.,
University of Skövde/Stockholm univ.
Kennert Orlenius, Prof.,
University of Borås
Ninni Wahlström, Prof.,
Linneaus University