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Norwegian Journal of Working Life Studies (Søkelys på arbeidslivet) is a scholarly journal promoting research on working life in Norway and the Nordic countries. Important topics are working-life related issues, such as employment, wages, working conditions, education, and the relation between work and family life.

The journal's emphasis is on empirical studies of both qualitative and quantitative character, but the journal also publishes commentary and debate articles, book reviews, and reviews on working life related topics. The research is aimed at researchers, planners, executives and decision makers in business, management and the labor market.

The journal publishes four volumes per year in one double and two single issues.

From 2016, Søkelys på arbeidslivet is published open access. 

The journal is owned by Institute for Social Research and publisblished by Scandinavian University Press (Universitetsforlaget) with funding from the Norwegian Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

All research articles that are considered relevant for publication in the journal are reviewed by at least one or 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 does not ask for any fees for assessment or publication.

The journal is covered by the following indexing and discovery services:
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • Norart
  • Google Scholar
  • Primo Central Index (Ex Libris) / Oria
  • The Summon Service (ProQuest)
  • Ebsco Discovery Services
  • WorldCat Lokal (OCLC)
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).

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.

Ragni Hege Kitterød, research professor, Institute for Social Research
Marianne Røed, research professor, Institute for Social Research

Associate Editors
Marjan Nadim, senior research fellow, Institute for Social Research (on leave)
Julia Orupabo, senior research fellow, Institute for Social Research
Marte Strøm, senior research fellow, Institute for Social Research
Elisabeth Ugreninov, senior researcher, Oslo Metropolitan University
Janis Umblijs, senior research fellow, Institute for Social Research
Kjersti Misje Østbakken, senior research fellow, Institute for Social Research

Editorial assistant
Gerd Granhaug

Editorial board
Gry Agnete Alsos, professor, Nord University
Anne Britt Djuve, Head of Department, Faculty of Social Sciences, OsloMet
Lars Erik Kjekshus, professor, University of Oslo
Julie Riise, Associate professor, University of Bergen
Johan Fredrik Rye, professor, NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Knut Røed, senior researcher, Frischsenteret
Gro Mjeldheim Sandal, professor, University of Bergen

Journal address:
Institute for Social Research
PB 3233 Elisenberg
0208 Oslo

Søkelys på arbeidslivet (Norwegian Journal of Working Life Studies) 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

Søkelys på arbeidslivet (Norwegian Journal of Working Life Studies) is an open access scholarly journal. As such, it is freely available online, and published only in digital format. 

It is a scientific journal aimed at researchers, planners, executives and decision makers in business, management and labor market partners.

The emphasis is on empirical studies of both qualitative and quantitative character, but the journal also publishes commentary and debate articles, book reviews, and reviews on working life related topics. Scientific articles are always reviewed by one or more peer reviewers in order to ensure the professional level.

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 Norwegian is included
All manuscripts must be sent to isf-spa@samfunnsforskning.no.

Manuscript standard

The manuscript text should not exceed 20 pages. This includes figures, tables, notes and references.

Submitted manuscripts should contain the following:
  • Title in Norwegian and English
  • Information about the author(s): name, academic title, institution and contact info
  • Summary in Norwegian and English (maximum 100 words)
  • 4–5 keywords
  • The manuscript
  • A footnote stating funding, thanks etc., where applicable
  • Literature references in alphabetical order
  • Numbered figures and table



Notes in the manuscript should be organized as footnotes, when using regular text processing software.

Tables, figures and illustrations

All figures and tables in the manuscript must be allowed published online, open access. If someone other than the author has made 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 earlier published illustrations. Placing of figures and tables in the text should be marked in the manuscript: [table / figure 1 about here].

Reference system

The journal uses a version of APA. This EndNote-style can be found here http://www.samfunnsforskning.no/Publikasjoner/Tidsskrifter/Soekelys-paa-arbeidslivet/Forfatterveiledning.


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/.

Examples of references


Elster, J. (1989). The Cement of Society. A Study of Social Order. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.


Lyonette, C. & Crompton, R. (2015). Sharing the load? Partners’ relative earnings and the division of domestic labour. Work, employment and society, 29, 23–40. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0950017014523661.


Teigen, M. & Midtbøen, A. H. (2015). Kunnskap om kjønnsbalanse. I M. Teigen (red.) Virkninger av kjønnskvotering i norsk næringsliv (s. 27–47). Oslo: Gyldendal Akademisk.


Høgsnes, G. & Dale-Olsen, H. (1997). Fastlønn og tilleggslønn for utvalgte stillingsgrupper i norsk arbeidsliv. Rapport 97:21. Oslo: Institutt for samfunnsforskning.

NOUs and stortingsmeldinger:

NOU, Norges offentlige utredninger (2015:1). Produktivitet – grunnlag for vekst og velferd. Oslo: Finansdepartementet.

Stortingsmelding nr.14 (1993–94). Studiefinansiering og studentvelferd. Oslo: Kirke-, utdannings- og forskningsdepartementet.

Online databaseses and websites:

Eurostat ESSPROS (2006). European system of integrated social protection statistics. Hentet fra http://epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/portal/page/portal/social_protection/data/main_tables


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).

Peer review

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. 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. 

When the article is published, the author will receive a link to the article. 

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