Focus and Scope

The Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies is an international, scientific journal on working life, written in English. The journal is curated by an Editorial Board of 8-15 members from Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Denmark. 

The journal aims to strengthen the exchange of experiences, perspectives, methods and outcomes of the Nordic working life research across the Nordic countries, and promote Nordic working life research internationally.

The mission of the journal is to present studies concerning changes in work and how these changes affect qualifications, health, occupation, innovation, economy, identity, social orientation and culture. The journal aims at an interdisciplinary profile. Most of the articles in the journal have authors from the Nordic countries, but researchers from outside the Nordic region are also invited to contribute to the journal, to the extent that such contributions improve the understanding of Nordic conditions.

If you want to submit an article

Please see our guidelines for setting up your paper, before submitting it! All manuscripts should be submitted to the Journal manager, Bo Carstens, bo@nordicwl.dk. (The automatic workflow-system at this web-site is not being activated by us).

Peer Review Process

Each article, if admitted by the Editors, is reviewed by two anonymous referees from two different Nordic countries in a double blind review process. The Editors may also recommend revisions. Introductions, book reviews, essays, reports and commentaries. are not subject to this review process.

The Editor appointed to an article has the sole responsibility for the final publication or rejection. The reviews of the referees are not binding for the Editor.

When asked to be a Referee for an article submitted to this journal, the title and an abstract of the article and a suggested deadline will be provided. If this task is accepted by the Referee, the Journal manager will send the article (in anonymous form) + a Referee Form with indication of the deadline for the return of the review to the Referee.

The Referee Form can be seen here.

Normally the deadline for the review is 1 month.

The Journal wants to emphasize, that reviews should take a constructive approach to its points of criticism in order to facilitate dialogue and development of the texts.

The Referee is asked to number each element of the review in order to facilitate the dialogue between author(s), Editor and Referees about revisions etc. Likewise it is important that the arguments in the review are specified. All reviews must be provided in English.

The referees are invited to use Word-documents for their reviews and comments (and not PDF-files). Reviews are sent to the Journal manager, using the Referee Form. Hereafter they are forwarded to the Editor of the article.

The Editor communicates through the journal manager his or her remarks and propositions + the reviews to the author(s), and sets a deadline for the return of a revised version (if a revision is called for).

If a revised version is being made, the author is asked to comment upon the remarks and propositions from Referees and Editor with reference to the numbering of the elements of the reviews.

The Editor can decide that a second round of reviews is necessary after revision of the article, normally with a deadline of 14 days. (In the Referee Form the Referee has had the opportunity to indicate that he or she is willing to review the article again after revision upon request of the Editor).

When an article has finally been approved – or rejected – the Referees will receive a notification of this + a copy of all reviews of the article.

At the end of the year a list of referees that have contributed to the journal will be published here on the website.

Publication Frequency

We publish a regular issue each quarter (March, June, September and December). Each year 1-2 special issues may be published as well.

In 2017 we published a total of 32 peer-reviewed articles in 5 separate issues, the August issue being a special thematic issue on the  organization theories of the Industrial Democracy Experiments. We expect to publish somewhat more this year, since 3 special issues are planned (on Work Organization and Technology, which was published in April, and on Refugees and Immigrants working in the Nordics, and on Precarious Work in the Nordics, which are both planned to appear in the fall).

Open Access Policy

We give Open Access, with CreativeCommons license CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0:

 

This means that  you have the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, as long as you credit the authors and the journal, but you can’t change it in any way or use it commercially. See our Copyright Notice

NJWLS is indexed in these databases

Danish National Research Database: Database of research publications collected from 12 Danish universities and research institutions.

Danish Public Library System: Records of all items published in Denmark as well as all items found in the Danish public & research libraries

DOAJ: Directory of Open Access Journals. Online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.

Ebsco: Tool for searching across all databases hosted at Ebsco. Subscription is needed

ESCI (ISI): Web of Science’s Emerging Source Citation Index. We are indexed from 2015 and onwards in Web of Science. Subscription is needed

Googlescholar: Freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text or metadata of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines

NOAP: Nordic Open Access Publishing

Proquest: Tools for searching across all databases owned by Proquest. Subscription is needed

Scopus: Abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Subscription is needed

Worldcat: An international library catalogue

Publication plan

There are no specific deadlines for submissions to our regular issues, since we publish those articles that are ready to be published at the time of publication. But expect a normal processing time of 32 weeks from the date of submission until the article has been approved and is ready for publication, cf. our Workflow chart below.

Special issues are published more randomly, normally once or twice a year. These issues always have a fixed deadline which is set in the Calls that are made for them, cf. the Announcements in the Navigation Bar.

Vol. 8. No. 4. December 2018
No specific theme

Vol. 9. No. S5. January 2019
Special issue: Precarious work in the Nordics

Vol. 9. No. S6. February 2019
Special issue. Welfare technologies in care work

Vol. 9. No. 1. March 2019
No specific theme

Vol. 9. No. 2. June 2019
No specific theme

Vol. 9. No. 3. September 2019
No specific theme
 
Vol. 9. No. 4. December 2019
No specific theme

Vol. 10. No. 1. March 2020
No specific theme

Vol. 10. No. 2. June 2020
No specific theme

Vol. 10. No. 3. September 2020
No specific theme
 
Vol. 10. No. 4. December 2020
No specific theme
 

The Workflow

The table below describes the ideal workflow. It takes 32 weeks. But variations are to be expected!

Number of downloads

About 3-4.000 articles are downloaded each month. You can see a list of downloads as per 1. October 2018 of all articles published by NJWLS here:

Table of Downloads from NJWLS

List of reviewers

This table present the reviewers that have contributed to the journal until ultimo 2017:

List of reviewers ultimo 2017

Publication ethics and publication malpractice statement

This journal follows DOAJ's  Principles of Transparancy and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing and the COPE Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors and the Code of Conduct for Journal Publishers.

In case of suspected misconduct, we adhere to COPE's flowcharts in our response.

When a member of the Editorial Board is also author/co-author of an article submitted to the journal, an Editor from outside the Board will be appointed to the article in question.

Journal History

The Journal was launched in August 2011. From 2011 to 2014 it was hosted at CBS, Copenhagen  Business School, and from 2014 to 2016 at Roskilde University Library. From 2017 it is hosted by The Royal Danish Library.

Professor Anders Buch, Aalborg University, is Chief Editor