Nordisk välfärdsforskning | Nordic Welfare Research was established in 2016. The journal publishes articles on a broad range of welfare and social policy issues concerning the Nordic welfare states, such as the living conditions and life situation of the population, employment and labor market inclusion, social services, care, health, disability, and alcohol and drug policies.
Nordisk välfärdsforskning | Nordic Welfare Research is published by Universitetsforlaget AS (Scandinavian University Press) on behalf of Nordic Welfare Center.
The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles in Danish, English, Norwegian and Swedish. The languages have equal status in the journal’s publishing policy.
The journal aims to publish two thematic oriented issues per year. Manuscripts submitted for review must be defined as part of an upcoming thematic issue in order to be considered for release. Upcoming thematic issues are:
Young people's well-being and health behaviours (the HBSC study)
Rural vs. Urban Welfare in the Nordic Countries
Senior policy and exit from working life
The journal aims to be a multidisciplinary scientific journal. It publishes research-based articles based on empirical and/or theoretical analyses of a high quality. The journal's audiences are researchers and academics, students, political and administrative decision makers, welfare state professionals, NGOs, the media and the general public.
All research articles that are considered relevant for publication in the journal are reviewed by at least two anonymous academic referees with no ties to the author. In addition, the article is reviewed by the journal's editorial board and the final decision regarding publication of the article is made by the Editor-in-Chief. The journal practices "double blind" peer review, whereby both reviewers and the author remain anonymous to each other.
The journal is authorized as a publication channel on level 1 in NSD – Norwegian Centre for Research Data (for Norway and Sweden), in the Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science's Authorization list for serials (Denmark) and in Publication Forum (Finland).
The journal is covered by the following indexing and discovery services:
The journal does not ask for any fees for assessment or publication.
Terje Olsen, Research Director, Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research
Sven Bremberg, associate professor, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Trine Wulf-Andersen, associate professor, Roskilde University, Denmark
Snæfríður Þóra Egilson, professor, University of Iceland
Tom Kettunen, science editor, Nordic Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, Finland
John Eriksen, senior researcher, Nordland Research Institute, Norway
Nordisk välfärdsforskning | Nordic Welfare Research
Att: Terje Olsen
Box 2947 Tøyen
Nordisk välfärdsforskning | Nordic Welfare 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.
About the journal
Nordisk välfärdsforskning | Nordic Welfare Research is a multi-disciplinary scientific journal. The journal publishes research-based articles based on empirical and/or theoretical analyses of a high scientific quality. All articles are published electronically on the internet, with open access. The journal publishes thematic issues. Manuscripts must be defined under an upcoming theme to be considered relevant for publishing. Upcoming themes are announced on the webpage.
The journal welcomes manuscripts in Swedish, Danish, Norwegian and English. Manuscripts in these languages are assessed equally. Only manuscripts that follow the guidelines below will be assessed for publication.
Submitting a manuscript
Before you submit your manuscript, we ask you to read the guidelines closely, and ensure:
all info about the author is included
the number of characters does not exceed the limits stated underneath
notes and references complies with the authors guidelines
abstract and keywords in English and a Scandinavian language is included
make all self-citation anonymous
All manuscripts should be submitted via ScholarOne. This is a standard system for managing manuscripts and review processes. The full reviewing process and communication occurs via the ScholarOne web portal. If you have not previously used ScholarOne, you start by creating a user account.
Peer reviewed articles: maximum 40 000 characters (inclusive of spacing), including footnotes and references.
Submitted manuscripts should contain the following:
In a separate file: Title, name of the author(s), institutional affiliation and email of the author(s)
Summary (maximum 200 words)
Footnotes should be numerical and organized as endnotes
iterature references in alphabetical order
Numbered figures and table
Debate articles: maximum10,000 characters (including spaces), including notes and references. This corresponds to about 1500 words. Debate articles may have a freer form than a research article. A debate article should nevertheless provide relevant insights into the author’s chosen topic. A clear argument and presentation is expected.
Debate articles should discuss welfare issues currently subject to political discussion or media attention in one or several of the Nordic countries. Debate articles should aim to open up more general discussions, or highlight some aspects of a topic that have otherwise been neglected in public debates. Discussions raised should be of broad relevance to the field.
Authors of debate articles should typically be researchers or experts in the topic discussed. Our aim is to highlight a variety of issues with perspectives and experiences from different Nordic academic communities, and we intend to invite contributions from members of a range of such communities.
Debate articles are usually invited by the journal's editor and editorial board, but other authors are also free to submit articles for consideration. These should be short, and usually with few references and without footnotes.
Debate articles undergo a simpler review process than research articles. Manuscripts are usually evaluated by one member of the editorial board, but can also be evaluated by external experts where this is deemed appropriate.
Submitted manuscripts should include:
A title in a Scandinavian language and English (if the article is in English there is no need for Scandinavian info)
The author's name, position, institutional affiliation and e-mail address
3-5 keywords in English and a Scandinavian language
Figures and illustrations
All figures and tables in the manuscript must have permission to bepublished on the internet. If someone other than the author has compiled a figure or table, the name of the source should be stated in the text. The author is responsible for obtaining the permission to use previously published illustrations. The placing of figures and tables in the text should be marked in the manuscript.
The journal uses APA 6th edition style guide for references.
References should always include a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) if applicable. A DOI should be a clickable URL, inserted at the end of the reference in the literature list. If you are unsure of the DOI for a given reference, or whether a DOI for the reference is available, you can search for title, author name, etc. at http://search.crossref.org/.
The editorial board ensures that content published in the journal maintains a high scholarly standard and complies with international ethical standards for academic publishing. The journal complies with the guidelines formulated by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Submitted manuscripts are not usually returned. The editor and the editorial board do not take responsibility for filing manuscripts. Communications about manuscripts normally occurs via ScholarOne.
Research articles published in this journal are peer-reviewed to ensure that they adhere to the proper scholarly standard. Submissions receive an initial review by the editor(s) to assess their relevance and quality. Submissions deemed to be both relevant and of a high enough standard will be sent for peer review.
Peer review procedures are double blind: both the author and the reviewer remain anonymous to one another. As such, manuscripts must be anonymised prior to submission, i.e. a cover page with author name and bio should be submitted as a separate document and self-citations within the article should be formulated so as not to reveal the identity of the author.
The editor(s)/editorial committee make(s) the final decision regarding publication on the basis of the reviewers’ recommendations, and communicate the reviewers’ comments, plus any suggested revisions, to the author.
If the author in question is an editor or other editorial committee member, then decisions regarding publication will be taken by another member of the editorial committee. The author is not involved in the review process for their own article.
CONFLICTS OF INTEREST
Authors should declare any conflicts of interest that might foreseeably arise from the publication of their article at the time of submission.
IF THE MANUSCRIPT IS ACCEPTED
If the manuscript is accepted for publishing, the author will receive a proof of the article in pdf-form. The author must go through the article and approve it for publishing. There should only be minor corrections at this stage, if any. Later proofs will be handled by the editorial team.
Nordic Welfare Researchis published open access. The journal is free and available to all online. All articles are published under the Creative Commons license CC BY-NC 4.0.
When the article is published, the author will receive a link to the article.