The International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training (IJRVET) is a double blind peer-reviewed journal for VET-related research. This journal provides full open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the science community and the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge and the further development of expertise in the field of Vocational Education and Training.


IJRVET is the official journal of VETNET (founded in 1996), the European Research Network in Vocational Education and Training (umbrella organisation: EERA European Educational Research Association), supported by CINTERFOR (founded in 1963), the Centro Interamericano para el Desarrollo del Conocimiento en la Formación Profesional / Inter-American Centre for Knowledge Development in Vocational Training (a technical service of OIT Organización International del Trabajo / ILO International Labour Organization) and IRNVET (founded in 2013), the International Research Network in Vocational Education and Training (umbrella organisation: WERA World Education Research Association). The Open Journal System (OJS) is hosted at the Data Center of the University of Bremen, Germany. The Editorial Office of IJRVET is also situated at the University of Bremen.


IJRVET covers all topics of VET-related research from Pre-Vocational Education (PVE), Initial Vocational Education and Training (IVET) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) to Workforce Education (WE), Human Resource Development (HRD), Professional Education and Training (PET) and Continuing Vocational Education and Training (CVET). Some themes covered are as follows:

  • Comparison of VET cultures and governance of VET systems
  • Qualifications frameworks, competence-based education and training, competence assessment
  • Work-based learning, skills matching and apprenticeship
  • Teachers' and trainers' professional development
  • VET careers, school-to-work transitions, vocational guidance and counseling
  • Green skills, green jobs, greening TVET, sustainable development
  • Social issues in VET and social impact of VET
  • Transversal skills and transferable skills
  • Pedagogic support by digital media
  • Digitalisation of work and learning, industry 4.0, industrial internet of things
  • Permeability of the education system, hybrid qualifications & dual studies
  • History of VET

IJRVET accepts quantitative, qualitative, theoretic-conceptual and review studies.

Publication frequency (online): triannually (april, august, december). Yearbook (print): Besides the online issues, we publish all articles also anually as a book. The first print version (Yearbook 2017) is available (see sidebar). The Yearbook (online) is also open access available (see sidebar). Please note: The yearbook 2017 is the first version. Yearbooks of the years 2014 to 2016 are not available. 


IJRVET requests no article processing charges (APC) or other publication fees for both online articles and print version. Please note: Free copies of the yearbook are not available to keep the price down (probably 15 Euro). The book will be distributed via Amazon and other book stores. The digital version of the yearbook will be available on this homepage and free of costs.

The journal is open for all authors worldwide, also unrelated to VETNET/EERA, CINTERFOR/ILO oder IRNVET/WERA. We are an open community of researchers. Manuscript submissions are welcome throughout the year.

Why considering IJRVET as a venue for your work?

IJRVET is operated by an international community of researchers and it is therefore highly appreciated within the international community. Publications have to pass a rigorous double-blind-review-process (acceptance rate in 2017: 25 %), but publication is free of costs. We use the LOCKSS system (Lot of Copies Keep Stuff Save), developed at Stanford University Libraries, and a DOI Digital Object Identifier (provided by DataCite) for each article to maintain permanent open access to your work. And last but not least: IJRVET is already indexed around the world. We nevertheless permanently work on enlargement.

Copyright and Licensing

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication (online and printed) with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons License 4.0 International CC BY-NC-ND 4.0, which allows others to share, distribute and redistribute the published article (BY-specification). Others are not allowed to use articles commercially (NC-specification) or produce and distribute derivatives of an article (ND-specification). Authors are allowed to enter into additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the published article, with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal. Authors are allowed to use their article commercially and to produce derivates, with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal. Authors are encouraged to post and distribute their article immediately after publication (e.g., institutional or public repositories, personal websites). Authors agree that their published article will be indexed worldwide in databases and repositories. IJRVET is a RoMEO green journal.


The Guideline for Authors can be downloaded here.


The submission cirteria are:

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it submitted to another journal for consideration.
  • Abstract contains (1) purpose/key themes, (2) methodology/approach, (3) key findings and (4) key message
  • Guideline for Authors: the instructions have been followed.
  • Citations and References are in APA style (American Psychological Association referencing style)
  • To ensure a blind peer-review, the authors names were deleted from the text and neither do appear in the file properties.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word format.

Initial screening and integrity check (Plagiarism Policy)

Each submitted article undergo an initial screening by the editorial office (EO) and the editorial board (EB). Screening Criteria are:

  • the compliance with the journal guidelines (EO)
  • integrity check (EO)
  • style and grammar (EO)
  • the author has ensured the integrity of a blind review (EO)
  • the ability to communicate to readers (EB)
  • the soundness of its theory, methodology and results (EB)

Integrity Check: Each submitted article undergo an academic integrity and orginality check. IJRVET uses PlagScan.

A percentage indicates the extent to which a submission matches already published sources. The percentage is calculated by PlagScan. The decision after the integrity check is based on the following specific limits:

  • 5 - 15 % match: manuscript will be sent back to the author to revise the manuscript.
  •   > 15 % match: manuscript will be rejected.

With PlagScan we remain in full control of the submitted data at all time (PlagScan button: Privacy Policy & Legal Compliance). Not later than one month after the final decision (accept or reject) we delete permanent all your data from the PlagScan server.

Double blind peer-review

Anonymised papers suitable for review are than forwarded from the editorial office to at least two external reviewers not belonging to the editorial office or the editorial board. Review Criteria are:

  • Ethics: The author has ensured research work and publication ethics.
  • Relevance to the scope of the journal.
  • Theoretical Framework: The theoretical framework is clearly presented and explained.
  • Problem Statement: The problem statement is clearly presented and explained.
  • Research Question: The research question is clearly presented and explained.
  • Research Methods: The research methods are appropriate and clearly presented.
  • Results: The results are adequately, clearly presented and discussed.

The reviewers recommend with an overall rating:

  • accept
  • neither accept nor reject: minor revisions needed
  • neither accept nor reject: major revisions needed
  • reject

A third reviewer will be involved if the recommendations are contradictory. The final decision is made by the editor in chief.

Please note that editorial amendments regarding changes to the content of this website and submitted articles are reserved.


Each article is indexed at least by AIRITI, BASE, CNKI, COPAC, DATACITE, DOAJ, ECONSTOR, ECONBIZ, EDUDOC, ERIC, OCLC, OPENAIRE, PEDOCS, SCHOLAR, SSOAR & VOCED Plus. The journal is furthermore indexed by ERIH PLUS & SHERPA.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

IJRVET supports the ten principles of the United Nations Global Compact with respect to human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption.

Our publication ethics and malpractice statement is based on the Code of Conduct and Best-Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors (Committee on Publication Ethics, 2011).

Editors' responsibilities

  • Publication decisions: The editor decides which of all submitted papers will be forwarded to the reviewing process and published afterwards. The author’s gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, religious belief, citizenship, or political philosophy will not influence the editor’s valuation. Decisions are based on transparent criteria published on Current legal requirements regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism will also be taken into account.
  • Obligation to secrecy: The editor and the editorial team must not unfold any information about submitted materials to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher.
  • Disclosure and conflicts of interest: Editors do require reviewers to disclose any potential competing interests before agreeing to review a submission. Unpublished materials in a submitted article will not be misused by the editor or the members of the editorial board without explicit agreement.

Reviewers' responsibilities

  • Contribution to editorial decisions: The peer-reviewing double blind process assists the editor in making editorial decisions. Authors have occasion to improve their submissions with the help of the reviewing results and comments of the reviewers.
  • Confidentiality: Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential data. Only after the editor’s permission, contents can be discussed with others. Disclosure of any material is prohibited.
  • Objectivity: Reviews are supposed to review objectively. Personal matters of the author should not influence the review decision. If the reviewing results are contradictory, a third party opinion will decide.
  • Acknowledgement of sources: Reviewers are requested to identify relevant previous publications which have not been cited in the reference section. They should announce if any observation or argument from other publications are indicated by the particular origin.
  • Conflict of interest: Reviewers have to reveal any conflicts of interest regarding the manuscripts and then should not consider to review those. This contains any connection to authors, companies, and institutions associated with the submission. Any information received during the peer review must not be used for personal advantage.

Authors' duties

  • Reporting standards: Authors of research reports are supposed to give accurate account of their work. Besides, an objective discussion of the work’s significance should be part of the manuscript. Underlying data must be represented comprehensible in the manuscript. An article has to contain sufficient references to enable others to replicate the paper. Knowingly inaccurate statements or fraud signify unethical behavior and cannot be accepted.
  • Data access and retention: Authors might be asked by the editor to provide the raw data of their manuscript before publication. The data could be made available for publicity. Authors should make sure the accessibility of data to other professionals for ten years after publication at least. The confidentiality of any participants as well as legal rights and proprietary data must be protected.
  • Originality, plagiarism and acknowledgement of sources: The entire works of authors will be original work with appropriate citation and quotation of the work and/or words of others. Also, sources that influenced the nature of the reported work have to be cited as well.
  • Multiple, redundant or concurrent publication: Articles containing the same research should not be published in more than one journal. Submission of the same manuscript to more than one journal states unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Articles which have been published already elsewhere as copyrighted material must not be submitted. Besides, papers under review should not be resubmitted to copyrighted publications. By submitting a manuscript, the author(s) maintain the rights of the material. In case of publication, the author(s) agree to the use of a CC-BY license, which allows others to copy and redistribute the work (Dissemination).
  • Authorship of the paper: Authorship is limited to those who have made significant contributions to the concept, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported material. Co-authors are all those who have made other contributions. The corresponding author affirms the correctness of the author list. Also, the corresponding author verifies that all co-authors agree to submit and publish the final version of the article.
  • Conflicts of interest: All authors have to include a complete statement describing any financial or other material conflicts of interest that may be construed to influence the research or interpretation of their work.
  • Fundamental errors in published works: An author who discovers significant errors in his/her published article, is committed to notify the editor of the journal immediately.

Dissemination: growth in % (2016)

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