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NJWLS is a journal committed to Open Access and free flow of information. We provide a platform for our contributors to gain high availability, visibility and citation impact.

Open access is the right thing to do:

  • articles gain high availability and visibility. Everyone can freely access and download the full text of all articles published with Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies
  • authors get a higher citation impact.
  • and costs are reduced: libraries save money for subscriptions, and the journal save money for printing and administration.

But costs must be covered. Today NJWLS is funded by Nordic Council of Ministers and Roskilde University. However, this funding is not sufficient to cover the costs of administration, home page maintenance, layout of articles and proof reading. To cover this we have decided to charge the authors a fee for article processing if the article is accepted for publication:

  • the processing fee is payable by the author, i.e. in most cases: the research funder or universities
  • it is set at 265 EURO. (Publication will be free of charge, however, for all papers submitted before October, 2014. and articles to our long planned special issue on practice theory)

In cases where no funding is provided for authors, individual waiver requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and may be granted in cases of genuine need.

We will ensure that the publication fee shall have no negative effect on the journal’s quality:

  • We are committed to quality: The editors and reviewers are working for free, only guided by their passion for working life research.
  • We are depending on our reputation: We can only survive in the long run, if we keep our quality standards high

Articles submitted after September 30th will be charged the processing fee when (if) the article is accepted for publication.

CALL FOR PAPERS  to thematic issue: Welfare professions in transition (November 2015)

Welfare professions constitute one of the backbones in the development of the Nordic welfare states, and accordingly vocational commitment and professional ethos play an important role in this sector. Work in this sector is however dramatically changing. For the last 20 years the theme of New Public Management (NPM) has been pivotal in research and debates on working life in the public sector. As Clarke and Newman (1997) point out, NPM in many ways challenge the professionals, their expertise, their ethos and identity. The consequences of this development have been discussed taking departure in e.g. the focus on user orientation, free choice, standardization, managerialism and marketization that result from NPM.

In many respects NPM still seems to be going strong, having a large impact on the work and professional identity of the employees within the welfare sector. Simultaneously however other developments occur – interacting with and perhaps in some cases counteracting the principles of NPM. Part of the picture of the changing Nordic welfare sectors in the last decade, is large scale reforms induced by politicians attempting to integrate different types of welfare work and facilitate cross functional cooperation. Further, examples of so called social entrepreneurship, focus on technological innovations in service provisions is increasing. Altogether, this variety of more or less independent traits of development creates an impression of an increasingly complex context for work that the employees have to deal with, combine or prioritize between, as part of their daily working life.

We invite contributions that seek to develop the study of working life in welfare professions empirically and theoretically – studying both the continuities and changes in the work of welfare professions for a thematic issue of Nordic Working Life Studies.

Contributions might focus on some of the following developments and questions:

  • The increased focus on empowerment and self-management of the citizens, as we see e.g. in the health social and educational sector. How does this change work, expertise and professional identity of the professionals?
  • The increased use of volunteers in welfare services, and the simultaneous effort to develop institutions based on social entrepreneurship. What happens in the interplay between volunteers and professionals in these hybrid organizations?
  • The increasing focus on innovation in welfare services, e.g. welfare technologies, employee driven innovation and social innovation. How do professionals work with, participate in and become affected by these innovation initiatives? Do they represent new possibilities for improving working life?
  • Quality and evidence-based professional practice. How are professionals affected by initiatives to ensure quality and the use of evidence-based methods and knowledge in the public sector? And how do they participate in this agenda?
  • How do welfare professionals and their managers deal with the whole of this increasing variety of expectations and impulses in the immediate surroundings of their work situations, produced by increasing institutional, administrative and stakeholder –complexity?

Deadline for submission of full papers is April 15. 2015.

Annette Kamp & Lars Klemsdal

Clarke, J & J Newman (1997). The Managerial State. London, Sage.

Call for special issue: Practice-based approaches to working life studies (August 2015)

Over the last decades practice based approaches to the study of organizations, working life and work place learning has become increasingly popular among researchers. Characteristic of these approaches is an emphasis on the productive and reproductive features of activity as constitutive elements in bringing about, stabilizing and changing social order. In this perspective activity is not simply conceived as the sum of individual (inter)actions but also as an encompassing, potent and responsive order that morphs and shapes conduct. Thus these approaches see social practices – i.e. bundles of human activity –as the central unit of analysis. This ‘turn to practices’ has led many work life researchers to discard traditional social science dichotomies of structure/agency, macro/micro, physical/mental, outer/inner, rational actors/cultural dopes. Instead, the practice based approaches focuses on action intelligibility – how people respond to the actual conditions they encounter, and how they on a step by step basis tries to make sense of their experiences and give meaning to their worlds.

The ‘practice turn’ is – of course – not an entirely new phenomenon. Rather it describes a synthesizing theoretical and methodological approach to the study of human activity and social transformation. It draws heavily on insights and ideas from such diverse traditions as Wittgensteinian, Heideggerian and Deweyian philosophy, Marxist social theory, activity theory, ethnomethodology, feminism, situated learning, poststructuralist discourse theory, science and technology studies and many more. However, recently authors like Davide Nicolini (2013), Silvia Gherardi (2012) and others have made efforts to synthesize elements from these traditions in order to suggest practice-based conceptual and methodological frameworks for the study of working life.

This special issue on Practice-based approaches to working life studies welcomes theoretical, methodological and empirical articles as well as literature reviews that reflect on or demonstrates how practice-based approaches can advance working life studies. As examples articles could touch upon the following themes:

  • Knowing, learning and coping in work practices
  • The role of technology and artifacts in work practices
  • Collaborative work practices
  • The (re)production of work practices
  • The role of power in work practices
  • Inclusion and exclusion in work practices
  • Professionalization and work practices
  • Change and stasis in work practices
It will be possible to submit abstracts for articles to get editorial comments. Deadline for the articles is January 1. 2015.
Articles accepted for the special issue will not be charged a publication fee.
For this thematic issue of the journal the journal editors are assisted by associate professor Anders Buch, Aalborg University (buch@learning.aau.dk) and associate professor Vibeke Andersen, Aalborg University (vian@learning.aau.dk) . You are welcome to contact the editors for more information.