Higher Education, Skills and Work Based Learning – the UVAC journal


The Editor of Higher Education, Skills and Work-Based Learning (HESWBL) the official journal of the University Vocational Awards Council, Dr Ruth Helyer, and the Editorial Team would like to share some news items about the journal.

Writing for HESWBL

Please feel free to share this Call for Papers with your colleagues, students and members of associations, networks and businesses you work with or feel would be interested in writing for (or reading) the journal.  For the latest journal information and author guidelines, please go to www.emeraldinsight.com/heswbl.htm

Accessing the journal

UVAC members can access the journal via the members’ area of the UVAC website. Remember, you must have registered and have a username and password to access the members’ area. Click here to go to the member’s area.

How’s the journal doing?

Since the first issue in 2011 the journal has made great progress.

We are very pleased with the development of the journal and the direction it is taking in contributing towards the field of research in higher level skills, higher level work-based learning and higher education.  We have seen some excellent download figures for HESWBL – with the journal experiencing significant growth year on year, and additionally a third of the articles published so far in the journal have been the first papers by the authors, demonstrating the journal’s ethos of providing an outlet for new researchers to publish their work.

The journal has an international coverage, with a large portion of the Editorial Review Board members located in UK, USA and Australia.

In late 2012, the journal was added to Scopus, the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. Despite being a relatively new publication, the journal was of a high standard across the range of their evaluation criteria and has an international appeal. HESWBL is ranked in the Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Journal Quality List and given a C ranking status.

Read the testimonials about the journal here.

Conferences and events

If you are planning to attend or organise any relevant conferences, Emerald would be happy to publicise the event by promoting HESWBL via promotional materials such as delegate inserts, flyers, posting on the Education twitter account (@EmeraldEdu) and possible attendance. If you wish to find out more about conferences and events please contact the Publisher, Sharon Parkinson (sparkinson@emeraldinsight.com).

 Do you have an idea for a special issue?

The Editor is always interested in good ideas for special issues of the journal. These are issues which are dedicated to a discernible theme or topic; this can be an emerging or “hot” topic, but does not have to be. Recent special issues have focused on The Professional Doctorate (4.2) and Higher Level Apprenticeships (2.3).

Forthcoming special issues include:

- Enhancing Employability: Using Work Placements in Higher Education Programmes

- Higher Vocational Education Delivered in Colleges: A Global Perspective

-  Global Perspectives on Profound Pedagogies

Special issues also offer a good opportunity to publish papers from an event or conference in a defined publication.  Special issues are usually guest edited and therefore also present a good opportunity for colleagues to develop (or broaden) their skills. If you have any suggestions for a themed special issue, which fits in with HESWBL’s remit, please do get in touch with the Editor Dr Ruth Helyer at r.helyer@tees.ac.uk

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