Editorial & Publishing Policies

Aim and Scope

NordSTEP aims to investigate the relationships between educational policy, practice and research in different temporal and spatial configurations. It explores and discusses traditional and contemporary ideas, issues, trends, and problems in education, particularly those relating to educational policy, curriculum, teaching, assessment, evaluation and cultural practice. Included are studies dealing with topics ranging from preschool to higher education as well as research on teacher and school leader education, training and continuing professional development and educational sciences. In particular, the intersection between educational practice and policy of different kinds is in focus in this journal. Consequently, comparative and historically argued papers are welcome. NordSTEP aims to add a Nordic perspective to the international education research landscape. This means that it is not limited to Nordic studies, but is open to international studies that relate to, elaborate on or are of interest to the Nordic education space.  


Section Policies


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Invited Editorials

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Original Research Articles

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Thematic Sections

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Peer Review Process

Papers submitted to Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy are subject to rigorous peer review so as to ensure that the research published is 'good science'.

Before the beginning of the refereeing process, manuscripts go through screening by Editors. At this stage manuscripts may be rejected directly by the Editors if judged to be out of scope for the Journal, or if scientifically or linguistically sub-standard.

Manuscripts that have successfully gone through the screening stage are then sent out for review electronically, and all correspondence takes place via e-mail. Although the peer review process is accelerated by the use of electronic communication, traditional, high-quality peer-review standards are applied to all manuscripts submitted to the journal.

Each manuscript is sent to at least two independent referees. Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy has a 'double blind' review process: Authors are not told who reviewed their paper, and reviewers are not told who wrote the paper. The peer referees’ identity remains unknown to the authors although it is up to the referee if he/she wants to contact the author at a later stage and reveal his/her identity, after a paper has been published.

Peer reviewers are asked to give their opinion on a number of issues pertinent to the scientific and formal aspects of a paper, and to judge the papers on grounds of originality, quality of empirical work and argument, quality of research methodology or/and argumentation (for non-empirical papers) and quality of language of writing. In addition, for all submitted manuscripts, non-discriminatory language is mandatory. Sexist or racist terms should not be used, and their presence will result in immediate rejection by the Editors. All relevant information will be forwarded to the author(s).

Peer reviewers will have the following possible options, for each article:

1. Accept manuscript (i.e. no need for any revision)
2. Accept after minor revision (i.e. accepted if the author makes the requested small revisions)
3. Accept after major revision (i.e.in such cases the paper will be sent out for another peer review round)
4. Reject manuscript (i.e. if the manuscript is substandard) 

The final decision on accepting the paper and the recommendation to the author(s) rests with the individual Editor who has been responsible for the evaluation of the paper.

When asking for revisions, reviewers have two possible goals: to ask authors to tighten their arguments based on existing data or to identify areas where more data are needed. Even formal revision may be required if the language or style is sub-standard. To facilitate rapid publication, authors are given a maximum of 3 months for revision. After 3 months, revised manuscripts will be considered new submissions.


Publication Frequency

Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy is published three times a year, in March, July, and November. Issues are published online only.

All articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby they become searchable and citeable without delay (i.e. until they are collected in an issue).


Open Access Policy

Under the open access model used for Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy authors retain copyright to their work but agree to publish their work under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License. See also the copyright section. 

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This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

In addition, all files will be archived with CLOCKSS and Portico.


Author Self-Archiving

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post any version of their manuscripts, incl supplementary material, submitted to Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy on personal or institutional websites, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of that publication).