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.