Call for Papers: Publication of Good Models of Research-oriented Learning                                                    


Laurea University of Applied Sciences invites writers to share and introduce good models of research-oriented learning under the theme "Together we are stronger". The articles will be published in Laurea's publication series in November 2016. The aim of the publication is to give a broad introduction to the teaching, research, experimentation and development carried out in the field of innovative pedagogy, and to describe the practical measures used implementations of research-oriented learning. Laurea's own research-oriented learning model is called the "LbD action model (Learning by Developing action model)", in which students, teachers and working life learn together through research and development.


The theme of the publication is "Together we are stronger". We call for authors who would like to introduce good models of research-oriented learning in context of:

  • student centered higher education
  • higher education integrated with working life
  • higher education of an entrepreneuring person
  • international higher education of applied research
  • higher education that serves the region
  • higher education with societal responsibility
  • higher education that values the person


Articles, case descriptions, literature reviews, contributions and ethical reflections can be approved for the publication. The editorial staff will approve the articles for publication. 


Please send any enquiries and questions about the publication to

Kindly feel free to pass this invitation on to any colleagues, networks, organisations and companies (or other potential contributors) who might be interested.


Instructions for the authors

  • Email your article to
  • The publication will be in English. The articles may be submitted in Finnish or in English.
    • Articles written in Finnish will be translated into English.
    • Articles submitted in English will be proofread.
  • A short abstract (max. 1,500 characters) must be included in the article.
  • The length of the article is max. 10,000 characters (without spaces). The total number of characters does not include the short abstract or the list of references.
  • Please include the name and contact details of the contact person in the article as well as information about whether it is an article, case description, literature review, contribution or ethical reflection.


Important dates


Deadline for submitting the article1 May 2016
The editorial staff's comments on the articles to the authors9 May 2016
Deadline for submitting articles for translation of proofreading29 May 2016
Translation of articlesJune–August 2016
Translations back to the authors 29 August 2016
Deadline for submitting revised articles18 September 2016
Publication dateNovember 2016


Submission guidelines


  • Write your text in a Word document.
  • Use formatting (e.g. bolding) mindfully.
  • Separate paragraphs with an empty row.
  • Avoid footnotes if possible.
  • Do not hyphenate the text.
  • Give your text a title that is as short and as interesting as possible.
  • Finalize the text carefully.


Tables and figures

  • Use tables and figures mindfully. If they have no added value in the manuscript, leave them out.
  • Number and name tables and figures (e.g. Table 1. Process chart). Place table titles above and figure titles below.
  • Attach the tables to your Word document.
  • Preferably, use Indesign or Adobe Illustrator (vector graphics) software for figures so that they are as suitable for printing as possible. If this is not possible, make the figures as simple and unequivocal as possible. Think carefully whether having any figures is necessary.
  • Attach figures to your article as separate files and add notes to your text, e.g. "Figure 1 here".
  • Please notice that the tables and figures may be edited if necessary to conform to the format of the publication.



  • To use images, the author must have the permission to publish the image
    • from the photographer
    • from the persons appearing in the images
  • Send images in electronic format as separate files.
  • Name the files clearly, e.g. "Author's name, image 1. and name of image". Avoid using characters with umlaut (ä, ö).  
  • Images must be high resolution (300 dpi, size at least 1 Mb; in jpg, tiff or eps format)
  • Images may not be included in the Word document.
  • Note the placement of an image clearly in your text, e.g. with "Image 1 here".


Author contributions

  • Add the author contributions at the end of the article if necessary:
  • Examples of the author contribution
  • Study Design: Person 1 & Person 2; Data Collection: Person 1; Analysis: Person 1, Person 2 and Person 3; and Manuscript Preparation: Person 1 & Person 3.


  • References are listed alphabetically by first author without numbering.
  • Examples of reference list entries
    • Kantola, J., Nikkanen, P., Kari, J. & Kananoja, T. (1999) Through education into the world of work. Uno Cygnaeus, the father of technology education, University of Jyväskylä, Institute for Educational Research.
    • Kivinen, O. & Ristelä, P. (2003) From Constructivism to a Pragmatist Conception of Learning, Oxford Review of Education, 29, (3), 363–375.


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