The International Journal for Research in Vocational Education and Training (IJRVET) is a double blind peer-reviewed journal. This journal provides full open access to its content on the principle that making research freely and independently 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 (VET). IJRVET is participant of the United Nations Global Compact, the world´s largest corporate sustainability initative, and supports the ten principles of the initiative.

IJRVET is since the beginning independent from any non-scientific third party funding. The establishment of the journal was supported between 2013 and 2014 with grants from the European Educational Research Association (EERA). All members of IJRVET work on a honorary basis. The Open Journal System (OJS) is hosted at the Data Center of the University of Bremen, Germany.


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).


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 within these areas are as follows:

  • Comparison of VET cultures and governance of VET systems
  • Qualifications frameworks, competence-based education and training, and 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 and 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 and industrial internet of things
  • Permeability of the education system, hybrid qualifications & dual studies
  • History of VET

Free submission: IJRVET accepts quantitative, qualitative, theoretic-conceptual and review studies. An article should be about 6.000 to 8.000 words in length. Manuscript submissions are welcome throughout the year.

Invited submission: In December 2017 we started with the section "book reviews". Book reviewers are invited by the Editorial Board to conduct the review. Free submissions are not possible. The length of a book review is not determined.

Publication costs

Publishing in IJRVET requires no article processing charges (APC) or other publication fees. Publishing is free of costs.

Publication frequency

Issues (online): Triannually (April, August, December) plus special issues. All articles are open access.

Yearbook (print): In addition to online issues, we publish all articles annually in a Yearbook. Please note: Yearbook 2017 is the first edition. Yearbooks of the years 2014 to 2016 are not available. To keep the price down, free copies of the printed Yearbook are not available. IJRVET Yearbooks (print) are available from Amazon (com, de, es, fr, it, uk, jp) and other retailers. The Yearbooks are also open access: 2018, 2017

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.
  • The journal is open for all authors worldwide, including those unrelated to VETNET/EERA, CINTERFOR/ILO or IRNVET/WERA. We are an open community of researchers.
  • Articles undergo a rigorous double blind peer-review (acceptance rate in 2018: 20 %). 
  • Authors retain copyright.
  • IJRVET and the articles are indexed and shared digitally around the world. IJRVET is fully open access. Your article will also be included in the Yearbook (print).
  • We use the LOCKSS system (Lot of Copies Keep Stuff Save), developed at Stanford University Libraries, and DOIs (digital object identifier, provided by DataCite) for each article to maintain permanent access to your work.


Authors grant IJRVET explicit the right to include their articles in indexation services, even if these services operate on a commercial basis. IJRVET and articles published therein are indexed at least in AIRITI, BASE, CNKI (China), COPAC (United Kingdom), DataCite, DOAJ, ECONSTOR, ECONBIZ, EDUDOC (Switzerland), ERIC (USA), ERIH Plus, OPENAIRE (Europe), PEDOCS (Germany), ProQuest, SCHOLAR, SCOPUS (accepted, indexation starting soon), SHERPA, SSOAR, VOCED Plus (Australia) and WorldCat/OCLC. Further indexation services will follow.


Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication (online and print) with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons License 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).

The Creative Commons (CC) Licences were not primarely developped for scientific purposes. We use the most restrictive licence (non commercial and no derivatives) in combination with the specific requirements of scientific work (e.g. inclusion in indexation services) as follows:

BY (attribution): Others are allowed to share, distribute and redistribute the published article in any medium or format, with an identification of the authors and 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 are allowed to enter into additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the published and an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
NC (non commercial): Others are not allowed to use the article commercially without the permission of the authors. Authors are allowed to use their article commercially with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal. Authors agree explicit that the published article are indexed worldwide in databases, repositories and indexation services, even if these services operate on a commercial basis. Authors grant IJRVET explicit the right to include the published articles in databases, repositories and indexation services, even if these services operate on a commercial basis (e.g. AIRITI). Authors grant IJRVET explicit the right to include the published article in a printed Yearbook and distribute the Yearbook via Amazon and other retailers. 
ND (no derivatives): Others are not allowed to publish remixed or adapted versions - derivatives - of the original work without the permission of the authors. Authors are allowed to produce derivatives with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.
4.0 (version): Finalized and published in 2013.

IJRVET is a RoMEO green journal.

Each author sign a contract. We use a securely and legally binding online-service with an electronic signature, provided by eversign.


The Guidelines for Authors can be downloaded here.


The submission cirteria are as follows:

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it under simultaneous consideration by another journal.
  • The abstract contains (a) context/purpose, (b) approach/methods, (c) findings/results and (d) conclusion/key message.
  • The instructions in the Guidelines for Authors have been followed.
  • Citations and references are in APA style (American Psychological Association referencing style)
  • The authors´names have been deleted from the text and do not appear in the file properties, to ensure a blind peer-review.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word format.

Initial screening and integrity check (Plagiarism Policy)

Each submitted article undergoes an initial screening by the editorial office (EO) and the editorial board (EB). Screening criteria are as follows:

  • Compliance with the journal guidelines (EO)
  • Integrity check (EO)
  • Style and grammar (EO)
  • Author has ensured the integrity of a blind review (EO)
  • Ability to communicate to readers (EB)
  • Soundness of its theory, methods and results (EB)

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

The extend to which a submission matches already published sources is indicated via percentages. The percentage is calculated by PlagScan. The decision after the integrity check is based on the following specific limits:

  • 5% - 10% match: manuscript will be sent back to the author to revise the manuscript.
  • > 10% 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 permanently delete all your data from the PlagScan server.

Double blind peer-review

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

  • Ethics: The author has met research and publication ethics requirements.
  • Relevance: The paper is within 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 and clearly presented and discussed.

The reviewers recommend with an overall rating:

  • Accept
  • Minor revisions needed (neither accept nor reject)
  • Major revisions needed (neither accept nor reject)
  • Reject

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

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

  • 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).
  • Please note that we reserve the right to make editorial amendments to the content of the submitted articles.

Editors' responsibilities

  • Publication decisions: The editor decides which of all submitted papers will be forwarded to the reviewing process and published thereafter. The author’s gender, race, sexual orientation, ethnic origin, religious belief, citizenship, and political philosophy will not influence the editor’s evaluation. 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 disclose any information about submitted materials to anyone other than the corresponding author, potential reviewers, and reviewers.
  • 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 or used without explicit agreement by the author(s).

Reviewers' responsibilities

  • Contribution to editorial decisions: The double-blind peer-review process assists the editor in making editorial decisions. Authors have occasion to improve their submissions with the help of the comments from the reviewers.
  • Confidentiality: Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential data. Only after the editor’s permission may contents be discussed with others. Disclosure of any material is prohibited.
  • Objectivity: Reviewers are supposed to review objectively. Personal matters regarding the author should not influence the review decision. If the reviewing results are contradictory, a third opinion will be sought.
  • Acknowledgement of sources: Reviewers are requested to identify relevant previous publications which have not been cited in the reference section. They should point out any observations or arguments from previous publications that are not properly cited.
  • Conflict of interest: Reviewers are required to reveal any conflicts of interest regarding any given manuscript and will not be considered for review of those articles. This includes 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 should give an accurate account of their work. The manuscript should include an objective discussion of the work’s significance. Underlying data must be represented comprehensibly in the manuscript. An article should cite sufficient sources to enable others to replicate the work described in the paper. Knowingly inaccurate statements or fraud signify unethical behavior and will not 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 may be made available to the public. Authors should ensure the accessibility of data to other professionals for at least ten years following publication. 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 should be original work with appropriate citations and quotation of the work and/or words of others. Also, sources that influenced the nature of the reported work should 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 is unethical publishing behavior and is unacceptable. Articles which have been previously published elsewhere as copyrighted material must not be submitted. In addition, papers under review should not be resubmitted to any other copyrighted publications. By submitting a manuscript, the author(s) maintain the rights to 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 (disseminate) the work.
  • 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 must affirm the correctness of the author list. Also, the corresponding author must verify that all co-authors agree to the submission and publication of the final version of the article.
  • Conflicts of interest: All authors must 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 obligated to notify the editor of the journal immediately.

Privacy Policy - Data protection

Update according to The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the EU taking effect from 25/05/2018

Which data do we store?

  • We collect personal information only with your consent and given by yourselve, and use the data just to the extent necessary to supply our website with content and services. 

How do we use the data?

  • We use your data to send information you have ordered to the e-mail address you have provided. We distribute this information only with your consent. You can cancel these messages at any time by contacting the IJRVET editorial office or by login into your account and delete your account. 

Transfer to third parties

  • We do not share your personal information with third parties.
  • We therefore also don´t use Goolge Analytics or similar services.

Protection of personal data

  • We protect your personal data using technical and organizational measures in order to effectively prevent loss or misuse by third parties. 

Your rights

  • You can at any time ask for information on the personal data stored about you just by login into your account. You can personally change or request a change or deletion of your personal data stored by us. For any queries please contact the editorial office or login into your account.