Author Guidelines

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Preparing for submission Manuscripts submitted to Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy should strictly follow the specifications below:

A manuscript submitted to the journal should not have been previously published, and should not be under consideration elsewhere.

In his/her covering letter, the corresponding author should reveal whether the submitted article - or very similar work - has been previously published, or is under consideration elsewhere.

Please note that the submitting author will be the principal contact for editorial correspondence, throughout the peer review and proofreading process, if applicable.

Regular articles should be between 6000-7000 words, excluding references, abstract and acknowledgements.

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Language All articles should be written in English - British or American as long as consistency is observed. SI units should be used. Please subject the manuscript to professional language editing before submitting the final version if you are not a native speaker. A list of services can be found here.

Conflict of interest and funding Authors are responsible for disclosing all relationships that could be viewed as potential conflicts of interest.

Publication fee Publishing in Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy is free of charge. The journal is financially supported by the University of Gävle, Sweden.

Manuscript layout Wherever possible, the paper should follow the traditional layout. Begin each section, including figure and table legends, on separate sheets; insert running page numbers. To facilitate the review process, please provide a complete manuscript, preferably a PDF file including all figures, tables, legends and supplementary material (if applicable) placed at the end of the manuscript after the reference list. Microsoft Word, RTF or WordPerfect document file formats are also acceptable.

Title page Organize the title page in the following way: 1) title of manuscript, 2) name of author(s), 3) name of department(s) and institution(s), 4) email addresses of all authors (listed by authors' initials), and 5) name and full postal and email address of the corresponding author who also acts as 'Guarantor' for all parts of the paper, and 5) author biographies (three to five lines of text) for each author.
Please observe that the journal adheres to a 'double blind' review process and thus the title page revealing the identity of the authors should be uploaded separately.

The title should be informative and accurate and at the same time trigger the interest of the reader. A short running head will be derived from the title to appear on each page of the article.

Abstract Articles must include an abstract of 150 - 200 words providing sufficient information for a reader to be able to decide whether or not to proceed to the full text of the article. After the abstract, please give 5 key words; avoid using the same words as in the title.

In context If your article is accepted for publication it is because it is believed to enhance the understanding of your research field and move it forward. Other researchers would understand this and perhaps even use your article as a building block for their own research. But how would you describe your contribution to a layman, to a person with a general interest in science and society but without the specialized knowledge that you have? Could you please put your research in a context first and then describe what it would mean in a longer perspective? The In context should be of no more than 150-250 words.

Section headings Please do not number section headings. Use a maximum of three levels of headings made clear by orthographic indicators, i.e. capitals, italics, bold etc.

Figures Upon acceptance please supply figures/graphics/images in at least 300 dpi. For further information please see guidelines.

If the figures/graphics/images have been taken from sources not copyrighted by the author, it is the author's sole responsibility to secure the rights from the copyright holder to reproduce those figures/graphs/images for both worldwide print and web publication. All reproduction costs charged by the copyright holder must be borne by the author.

When figures/graphics/images are reproduced, a parenthesis should be added to the figure legend thus: (Reproduced with permission from xxx.)

References system Nordic Journal of Studies in Educational Policy  applies the APA reference system.

The standard referencing style /system is APA (American Psychological Association) edition. For detailed information, please see the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th edition, and

For APA Format examples, tips, and guidelines see,