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Nordic Journal of Social Research is a multidisciplinary, open access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes high quality papers from social, cultural, political and economic research. Based on issues related to the Nordic welfare model, we expand our concern to include research from a larger Nordic region. The journal welcomes contributions with focuses such as the tensions in developing and securing viability of welfare structures; social integration issues; diversity and mobility; gender and identity politics; policy development and innovation; life-span opportunities with respect to security and inequality, and questions that relate to various kinds of immigration. By publishing articles that present new empirical data, endeavors to advance theoretical development, enhance the discussion of policy implications and expand our knowledge of the Nordic region, the aim is also to pay attention to interplays in larger European and global processes. While taking off from the Nordic welfare states, this journal hence also welcome contributions that expand the concerns to include research from a larger northern region, encompassing geographical locations (which through e.g. migration) are closely connected to the Nordic region.

  • To develop Nordic social research theoretically and empirically
  • To contribute to the development of the Nordic social research as an international interdisciplinary field
  • To be the preferred publication channel for research on issues related to the Nordic welfare model and expanding related concerns of the larger northern region.
Peer Review Process

Nordic Journal of Social Research is an open-access, peer-reviewed journal that publishes high-quality, original articles in English, and will not publish manuscripts without prior double-blind peer review. The review process of manuscripts will be done by two or more referees whose field of expertise is pertinent to the subject area. NJSR follow the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines. https://publicationethics.org/


Editorial Policies

1. The journal will offer a double-blindpeer-review and publication upon acceptance. The policy is for the referees to review the submitted manuscript within four weeks.

2. At least two referees will partake in the review process. Unless the manuscript is beyond the focus of the journal or is of unacceptably low standard of expression or content, the managing editor will send the submission to peer reviewers.

3. The editors will choose referees whose specialization best suits them to the topic of a given submission. Reviewers are asked whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, and of what quality. There will be a maximum of three revisions of any manuscripts permitted. The final decision lies with the Editor-in-Chief.

4. The content of a submission under review is privileged information, and referees are not to disclose it to others before publication.

5. The journal encourages referees' comments to be constructive as far as possible.

6. We encourage all reviewers to create a profile on Publons.

7. The editor evaluates the recommendation, and a notification to the author of the manuscript status is sent. The manuscript may be, "Accepted for publication as is", "Accepted for publication with minor changes, with no re-review necessary", "Accepted for publication after substantial revision and additional review", and "Rejected".

8. The comments of the anonymous reviewers will be included in the response to the author. When submitting the revised manuscript, the author should also send a response to the referees, indicating what modifications have been made in your manuscript and reasons why certain suggested changes were not followed. The journal will usually ask the authors to complete and submit within four weeks after receiving the referees' comments. The editors may reject late manuscripts.

9. Any material that has been previously copyrighted, published, or accepted for publication will not be considered for publication in the journal.

10. The general goal of the review process is to ensure that all authors have equal opportunity for publication of their papers.

11. All content in this journal is also exported to Portico, a preservation archive that safeguards perpetual access to e-journals, e-books, and digital collections.

Publication frequency
We publish 2 issues per year.

The journal is registered in essential indexing sites:
  • doaj.org
  • Google Scholar
  • CrossRef
  • WorldCat
  • Oria (Ex Libris Primo)
  • openaccess.no
  • BIBSYS (the Norwegian library index)
  • DanBib (the Danish library index)
  • Julkaisufoorumi (the Finnish library index)

Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, and School of Business/Faculty of Economy and Social Sciences at Inland Norway Universityof Applied Sciences. https://eng.inn.no/

Journal History

Nordic Journal of Social Research is a cooperative effort established in 2010 by researchers at Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, and Faculty of Economy and Social Sciences at Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences. Founding editor-in-chief was professor Rolf Rønning. From 2010-2021 the journal was published by OsloMet. From 2021 it will be published by Scandinavian University Press.
Anne Sigfrid Grønseth, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway (Editor-in-Chief)

Kristin Marhaug Hartveit, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway
Bjarne Øvrelid, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway
Einar Strumse, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway
Hogne Øian, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway
Per-Arne Tufte, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
Petter Grytten Almklov, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
Hege Eggen Børve, Nord University, Norway

Editorial Board
Kathrine Vitus, Aalborg University Copenhagen, Denmark
Peter Hervik, University of Aalborg, Denmark
Line Lerche Mørck, Aarhus University, Denmark
Steffen Jøhncke, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Lars Fuglsang, Roskilde University, Denmark
Dr Liisa Häikiö, University of Tampere, Finland
Teppo Kröger, University of Jyväskylä, Finland
Sufi Raitakari, University of Tampere, Finland
Sif Einarsdóttir, University of Iceland, Iceland
Ingólfur V. Gíslason, University of Iceland, Iceland
Mette Andersson, University of Oslo, Norway
Tonje Braaten, The Arctic University of Norway, Norway
Annette Risberg, Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences, Norway
Anders Molander, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
Halvard Vike, University og South-Eastern Norway, Norway
Alexander Schjøll, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway
Björn Blom, Umeå University, Sweden
Marcus Knutagård, Lund University, Sweden
Dennis Beach, University of Gothenborg, Sweden
Erik Olsson, University of Stockholm, Sweden
Nigel Rapport, University of St. Andrew, United Kingdom
Pauline Garvey,  Maynooth University, Ireland
Nordic Journal of Social Research is a scholarly journal with open access, with no subscription charges or registration restrictions. All content is freely available online.

As an author for this journal, you retain copyright and publishing rights to your own article without restrictions, and you grant any third party the right to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of your article in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0) license. The third party may not use the material for commercial purposes.
Nordic Journal of Social Research, as a bridge between the English-speaking world and the Nordic countries, welcomes submissions in English on a wide variety of themes in the field of social research. We welcome both scientific articles and essays for consideration.

In your cover letter, please indicate the title of the submission, the authors' names, institution, and the address (including email address) for correspondence.

Submissions should be between 5000 to 7000 words. The word limit includes all text from the abstract through the list of references; it does not include legends for tables and figures or the body of tables. The abstract must not exceed 300 words. The author must include 3-5 keywords. Manuscripts that substantially exceed the word limit will be returned.

Nordic Journal of Social Research encourages authors to establish an ORCID-profile. 

Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts submitted for consideration must be original work and should not be simultaneously under review for publication in another journal or any other publication outlets.

Nordic Journal of Social Research has a policy of double-blind review, where the identity of both the authors and the reviewers are kept confidential.

Figures and tables should not be embedded in the manuscript, but sent separately. Authors should indicate where they would like to have their figures and tables placed in the text.

Papers must be between 5000-7000 words, even if reviewers have asked for additional material. The number of words includes all text from the Abstract through the Literature Cited; it does not include tables or figure legends. The Abstract must not exceed 300 words.

Authors should double-space all text, number all lines (except in figures), and avoid as much as possible footnotes. All pages except figures must be numbered at the bottom. Authors should follow the spelling recommended in the Concise Oxford English Dictionary (i.e., British-Oxford spellings), and the punctuation of manuscripts must likewise be in British English. We strongly recommend that authors whose first language is not English have the text professionally proofread before submitting the manuscript.

All manuscripts should be submitted with a non-anonymized and an anonymized version. For the non-anonymizes version of the manuscript file, please ensure that that the following information are present in the title page: Details of all co-authors, including their full names, departments, institutions, cities, and countries of residence.

All manuscripts must be in Microsoft Word and submitted electronically.

The cover page of your manuscript must include the title of the paper, a running head (short title of 40 or fewer characters), a list of five to eight keywords, and a word count (all text from Abstract through Literature Cited but not including table or figure legends or the body of tables).

The abstract should state concisely the aims, methods, principal results, and major inferences of the work. Do not include acronyms in the abstract.

Following the reception of a submission, one or more editors will screen the article. If it is suitable for the journal, the editors will send the article to two referees for further reviewing.

There are four possible results: rejection, accepted, accepted if revised, and resubmit for review. If accepted on the condition of revision, the editors will decide if a new process of reviews is necessary.


References should be indicated in the typescript by giving the author's name, with the year of publication in parentheses, as detailed in the APA 7th style guide. If several papers by the same author and from the same year are cited, a, b, c, etc. should be put after the year of publication. The references should be listed in full at the end of the paper in standard APA 7th format.

The references should always include DOI-references, when possible (DOI: digital object identifier.) The DOI-reference should be accessible by clicking at the URL. If you are not sure about the DOI-code of a reference you may search for it here (title or author name): http://search.crossref.org/

The DOI-reference should be placed at the end of each reference, like in this example:
Aas, K. F. and Gundhus, H. (2015). Policing Humanitarian Borderlands: Frontex, Human Rights and the Precariousness of Life. The British Journal of Criminology, 55(1), 1-18. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azu086

Ensuring a Blind Peer Review
To ensure the integrity of the blind peer review for submission to this journal, every effort should be made to prevent the identities of the authors and reviewers from being known to each other. This involves the authors, editors, and reviewers (who upload documents as part of their review) checking to see if the following steps have been taken with regard to the text and the file properties:

The authors of the document have deleted their names from the text, with "Author" and year used in the references and footnotes, instead of the authors' name, article title, etc.

With Microsoft Office documents, author identification should also be removed from the properties for the file (see under File in Word), by clicking on the following, beginning with File on the main menu of the Microsoft application: File > Save As > Tools (or Options with a Mac) > Security > Remove personal information from file properties on save > Save.

With PDFs, the authors' names should also be removed from Document Properties found under File on Adobe Acrobat's main menu.

For the non-anonymizes version of the manuscript file, please ensure that that the following information are present in the title page:
  • Details of all co-authors, including their full names, departments, institutions, cities, and countries of residence.
  • Identity and complete contact details of the corresponding author, including his/her full name, postal and e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers. (Please ensure that the email address of the corresponding author registered in the system is identical to the one stated in the separately uploaded title page and the corresponding author email address stated in the title page of the non-anonymized version of the manuscript file.)
For the anonymizes version of the manuscript please ensure that the following should not be present: author names, author details, author contact information, corresponding author contact details, institutional affiliations, funding information, ethical approval statement, acknowledgements section, conflict of interest statement, authors' contributions statement, data availability statement, and ORCID information.

Style Guide for Authors

Most people will decide whether to read a paper solely on the basis of its title. Indexing and abstracting services and internet search engines also depend heavily on the information conveyed by the title. Titles should be clear and concise.

The abstract should summarize the Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion in that order. Key points from each of these sections should be identifiable within the abstract. The abstract should not include literature citations.

Include three to five words or phrases that will be useful for indexing and literature searches.

Authors should avoid footnotes if possible. If they are deemed necessary, they should be used sparingly.

Supporting Elements (Tables, Figures, and Supporting Information)

Tables and figures should be self-explanatory and should supplement rather than duplicate the text. Do not present large amounts of data in tables. A reader should be able to interpret tables and figures without referring to the text. Consequently, all abbreviations and terms unique to the paper must be defined in the table caption or figure legend. Common statistical notations need not be defined. Use the same terminology in supporting elements and in the text.

Legends should be one sentence long. Use the legend to describe the contents of the table as it relates to the topic of the paper. A list of the table's columns or row headings is not an informative table legend.

Figures must be of sufficient quality and resolution to remain clear at 60% reduction.

Language and Grammar
Clarity in language is important, especially for readers whose first language is not English. If English is not your first language.

Avoid colloquialisms and jargon

Abbreviations and acronyms
Use abbreviations sparingly. Define all abbreviations, initializations, and acronyms at first use, however common they may seem to be. For example, the author should write 'analysis of variance (ANOVA)' when mentioning it for the first time. Furthermore, authors should not use 'i.e.', 'e.g.', 'etc.' and the like outside of parentheses. The following would be acceptable: The Nordic region (i.e., Norway, Sweden, etc.) is ... .

Active voice
Most of the sentences should be in the active voice. Authors should not hesitate to use we or I, even for the section on methods.

Do no use 'and/or'; pick either 'and' or 'or', or, if necessary, use instead 'or' and then 'or both' afterwards. For example, the phrase 'cars and/or bicycles' should be 'cars or bicycles, or both,'.

Use past tense in the Methods (describing what you did), Results (describing what your results were), and in the Discussion (referring to your results). Use the present perfect tense or present tense when you refer to publications. The abstract should be in the present perfect tense.

This journal follows British practice. Quotation marks are thus usually in the single style.

The NJSR uses Oxford British spelling. Authors should consult the Concise Oxford English Dictionary for spelling. Perhaps the chief difference from standard British spelling is with regard to the use of '-ize' instead of '-ise' as a verbal ending, due to its Greek origin. Thus the NJSR uses 'realize' and 'criticize', but spells 'analyse' and 'paralyse' in the manner of standard British English, again owing to etymology.

Authors should write out the numbers zero to ten in the text; any other number can be expressed as numerals.

Avoid split infinitives.

NJSR mainly publishes scientific journal articles that present new empirical data and contribute to theoretical developments. However, we also accept essay submissions. Essays refer to an argumentative style of writing, and these submissions may be problematizing, explorative and discursive.  We expect the same high quality for essay publications as for research papers; they need to be focused on specified topics; follow a clear argument with a logical progression; and engage with updated research literature in the respective field. Essays need to engage with topics within the stated scope of the journal, and we welcome submissions with topical and novel contributions. Hence, we expect essays to adhere to one or more of the following characteristics:

Argumentative Discursive Explorative Critical Logical Clear in thought Arguments based on empirical grounds and data Substantive conclusion Citations and references to all data and literature consulted

Privacy Statement
The NJSR will not make available the names and contact information entered to any other party, and will only use this information for the purposes of this journal.
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