Work Based Learning e-Journal International
ISSN 2044-7868
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Contributions should be in English. Submission is always open. Papers are only accepted for review on the basis that they are not being submitted elsewhere for publication.

Details of submissions

1. Peer-reviewed papers

Peer-reviewed papers of between 3,000-10,000 words addressing on of the thematic areas of the Journal (see call for papers)

The process is double blind and the reviewers involved are expert in the theme of the paper.

• Work Based Projects

Professionally-focused papers are invited that reflect upon and/or critically evaluate projects that have been undertaken in, for or through work. The likely audience for these papers is professionals in a similar or related field but there is also likely to be interest from academics in the broad area of WBL.

Papers in this section will be peer-reviewed by both professionals in the appropriate fields and academics involved in work and learning

2. Dialogue and Debate section: Projects/work in progress (at discretion of editor)

The Dialogue and Debate section of the e-journal is intended to provide an opportunity for research in progress, where for example authors wish to open discussion amongst fellow researchers and practitioners. The section is also to enable articles to be published, which may pose thought provoking and innovative analysis of current issues in policy and practice.

Contributions in this section are reviewed by the editorial board. The dialogue and debate section is not intended to represent second tier papers, rather it encompasses a means to bring important work into the public domain as a basis for critical dialoguethat may inform the development and publication of research..

In this category, papers in-progress will be considered in the following categories:

• Work Based Projects

Professionally-focused papers are invited that reflect upon and/ or critically evaluate projects that have been undertaken in, for or through work. This section includes papers from Doctoral candidates of between 1500- 5000 words.

• Summaries of Doctoral work-based projects
Summaries of proposed doctoral projects that provide a synopsis of the proposed research and development project in 500-1000 words.

• Posters


Manuscriptsshould be sent to Authors should prepare and send two versions of their manuscript as MS Word files. One should be a complete text, while in the second all document information identifying the author should be removed from files to allow them to be sent anonymously to referees.

Articles should be formatted and referenced in the style specified for the journal (see the Manuscript Style and Referencing Guidelines with accompanying Quick Guides). Articles should bear the title of the contribution, name(s) and institutional affiliation of the author(s). Each article should be accompanied by an abstract / summary of 200 - 250 words.

The abstract must be followed by a list of 5 to 6 key words or phrases

Manuscript Processing
Care and attention to these guidelines are essential as importing graphics packages can often be problematic.

We welcome figures sent electronically, but care and attention to these guidelines are essential as importing graphics packages can often be problematic.
  • Figures must be saved individually and separate to text. Please do not embed figures in the article file.
  • Avoid the use of colour and tints for purely aesthetic reasons.
  • Figures should be produced as near to the finished size as possible.
  • All figures must be numbered in the order in which they appear in the paper (e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2). In multi-part figures, each part should be labelled (e.g. Figure 1(a), Figure 1(b)).
  • The filename for the graphic should be descriptive of the graphic, e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2a.
  • Files should be saved as one of the following formats: TIFF (tagged image file format), PostScript or EPS (encapsulated PostScript), and should contain all the necessary font information and the source file of the application (e.g. CorelDraw/Mac, CorelDraw/PC).

Please note that it is in the author's interest to provide the highest quality figure format possible.

As an author, you are required to secure permission if you want to reproduce any figure, table, or extract from the text of another source. This applies to direct reproduction as well as "derivative reproduction" (where you have created a new figure or table which derives substantially from a copyrighted source).

Tables and captions to illustrations
Tables must be typed out on separate pages and not be included as part of the text. The captions to illustrations should be gathered together and also typed out on a separate page. Tables and figures should be numbered with Arabic numerals. The approximate position of tables and figures should be indicated in the manuscript. Captions should include keys to symbols.

Style guidelines


Please ensure that your article is presented in accord with both the Work-Based Learning Journal Manuscript Style Guide AND its Referencing Style Guide. For quick reference to style guidelines see the Paper Template.

Posters and Dprof summaries:
If you are submitting a poster or summary of your Doctoral project please refer to the following relevant guides Poster style guide, DProf summary guide

Since the journal is UK based, spelling style must follow UK English.

Anonymity of case studies
It is recommended that all reference to individuals and organisations discussed in the paper be anonymised. The editorial team will have overall discretion regarding the appropriateness of anonymising cases discussed in any paper submitted for publication

Books for Review
Books for Review should be sent to:

Each manuscript must be accompanied by a statement that it has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere.
This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with theDOAJdefinition of open access.
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