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ISJ -the Interdisciplinary Studies Journal


This journal, the Interdisciplinary Studies Journal (ISJ), is an international forum exploring the frontiers of innovation, creativity and development.

This journal does not limit itself to traditions specifically associated with one discipline or school of thought per se but embraces consideration of emerging issues assessing novel terrains and encouraging change. ISJ serves to both industry and academic communities by advancing the premises for implementing research into practice. These quarterly journal issues are published under a distinguished list of editors, including special issues, comprising an expected annual volume of over 700 pages. ISJ is listed in the Ulrich’s Periodicals Director, and indexed and abstracted in the ProQuest.

All the ISJ papers are expected to contribute to raising awareness and rethinking the concept of interdisciplinarity. The readership of this journal consists of academics and (post) graduate students together with executives and managers, policy makers and administrators from both public and private sector.  ISJ aims to publish papers on diverse subjects related but not limited to service innovation and design, nursing and coping at home, security and social responsibility, and student entrepreneurship.

ISJ is international all aspects considering, i.e. quality, content, representation, and dissemination; a major scholarly publication dedicated to the advancement of interdisciplinarity; bridges the gap between theory and practice; serves the needs of researchers as well as practitioners and executives; challenges conventional wisdom, explores alternatives and offers new perspective and intends to be the leading forum for the publication of high quality interdisciplinary manuscripts.

Previous issues

ISJ - Encounters15 Conference: Unexpected Encounters - Senses and Touching in Services and Care, Vol. 4, No. 1, 2015

ISJ - A Special Issue on Smart Cities, Vol. 3, No. 4, 2014

ISJ - Encounters13 Conference: Passion, Flow & Transformation, Vol. 3, No. 3, 2013

ISJ - An unrefereed special issue, Vol. 3, No. 2, 2013

ISJ - A Special Issue on Security, Safety and Social Responsibility, Vol. 3, No. 1, 2013

ISJ - A Special Issue on Entrepreneurship in Regional Development, Vol. 2, No. 4, 2013

ISJ - Proceedings of the 2012 Conference on Creativity in Higher Education, Vol. 2, No. 3, 2012

ISJ - A unrefereed work-in-progress online edition, Vol. 2, No. 2, 2012

ISJ - A Special Issue on Encounter Art Promoting Wellbeing, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2012

ISJ - Vol. 1, No. 4, 2012

Submission guidelines

Submissions should be sent to e-mail Articles submitted to ISJ should be original contributions and should not be under consideration for any other publication at the same time. Authors submitting articles for publication warrant that the work is not an infringement of any existing copyright. Contributions become the legal copyright of the publisher unless otherwise agreed.

Each paper is reviewed by the editor and/or, if it is judged suitable for ISJ’s editorial scope, it is then sent to two referees for double blind peer review. Based on their recommendations, the editor decides whether the paper should be accepted as is, revised or rejected. 

You can write your manuscript in Word document or use this template. 

All papers should be submitted as a Word document. The papers must be saved in .rtf format. It is strongly prohibited to use any particular settings (such as special heading or varying font styles, special page or other distinctive paragraph layouts) in typing.

Article Length
Articles should be maximum 6000 words in length. 

Author details
Author details should be supplied on a separate sheet. The details should include

- full name of each author
- affiliation of each author (at the time research was completed)
- e-mail address and full international contact details of the corresponding author
- brief autobiographical note of each author (maximum of 5 lines in length)
- Author(s) should not be identified in anywhere in the article.

Article Title
A title of not more than seven words should be provided.

Authors must supply an abstract (maximum 200 words in total).

Maximum 5 keywords should be provided. The keywords should encapsulate the principal topics of the article.

Headings must be short, concise and not numbered. The recommended heading structure is Introduction, Literature review, Methodology, Results, Conclusions.

Notes/ Endnotes
Notes and/or endnotes are not recommended and should be used only if absolutely necessary.

Figures and Tables
All figures (charts, diagrams, line drawings, web pages/screenshots and photographs) should be kept to a minimum and must be submitted as separate files. The figure/table files must be titled as “figure/table 1 and title of the figure/table”. In the text the position of the figure/table should be shown by typing on a separate line the words “take in figure/table 1”. The figures should be saved in .jpeg or .tif format. The resolution should be at least 300 dpi.  

References to other publications must be in APA style. References must be carefully checked for accuracy.



​Contact details
Tarja Laakkonen
Publication coordinator

+358 50 434 8442