About the Journal

The International Journal of Research in Vocational Studies (IJRVOCAS) 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). IJRVOCAS is since the beginning independent from any non-scientific third-party funding. The establishment of the journal was supported between 2015 and 2016 with grants from the Yayasan Ghalih Pelopor Pendidikan (Ghalih Foundation). All members of IJRVOCAS work on an honorary basis. The journal is hosted by Ghalih Publishing and the publishing house of the Ghalih Academic.


IJRVOCAS 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, competency-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 counselling
  • Green skills, green jobs, greening TVET, and sustainable development
  • Social issues in VET and the social impact of VET
  • Transversal skills and transferable skills
  • Pedagogic support by digital media
  • Digitalization 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 and invited submission

  • Free article submission: IJRVOCAS accepts literature reviews, empirical studies, theoretical articles, methodological articles, and case studies. An article should be about 6.000 to 8.000 words in length. Manuscript submissions are welcome throughout the year.

Publication Frequency

  • Issues (online): triannually (April, August, December) plus special issues.

Why consider IJRVOCAS as a venue for your work?

  • IJRVOCAS is operated by an international community of researchers and it is therefore highly appreciated within the international research community.
  • Authors retain copyright. IJRVOCAS is a RoMEO green journal.
  • Your article will be published digitally and also be included in the IJRVOCAS Yearbook (print). IJRVOCAS Yearbooks are available from Ghalih Academic and other retailers. 
  • The journal is open to all authors worldwide, including those unrelated to VETNET/EERA, CINTERFOR/ILO, or IRNVET/WERA. We are an open community of researchers.
  • We use the LOCKSS system (Lot of Copies Keep Stuff Safe), developed at Stanford University Libraries, and DOIs (digital object identifiers, provided by Crossref) for each article to maintain permanent access to your work.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Plagiarism Policy

By submitting your manuscript to the journal, it is understood that this is an original manuscript and is unpublished work, and is not under consideration elsewhere. Plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the author’s own work, is not tolerated by the journal in whole or in part without proper citation.

Please check the article by submitting it in the following plagiarism checker or Turnitin Apps to ensure the quality and avoid the similarity of the content. We will only tolerate a similarity of the script by 25% to be published in our journal.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

International Journal of Research in Vocational Studies (IJRVOCAS) is a peer-reviewed electronic journal system. This statement clarifies the ethical behaviour of all parties involved in the act of publishing an article in this journal, including the author, the chief editor, the Editorial Board, the peer-reviewer, and the publisher Yayasan Ghalih Pelopor Pendidikan (Ghalih Foundation). This statement is based on COPE's Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

Ethical Guideline for Journal Publication

The publication of an article in a peer-reviewed International Journal of Research in Vocational Studies (IJRVOCAS) is an essential building block in developing a coherent and respected network of knowledge. It is a direct reflection of the quality of the authors' work and the institutions that support them. Peer-reviewed articles support and embody the scientific method. It is therefore important to agree upon standards of expected ethical behaviour for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer, the publisher, and the society.

Yayasan Ghalih Pelopor Pendidikan (Ghalih Foundation) as the International Journal of Research in Vocational Studies (IJRVOCAS) takes its duties of guardianship over all stages of publishing extremely seriously. We recognize our ethical and other responsibilities. We are committed to ensuring that advertising, reprint, or other commercial revenue has no impact or influence on editorial decisions. Yayasan Ghalih Pelopor Pendidikan (Ghalih Foundation) and the Editorial Board will also assist in communications with other journals and/or publishers where this is useful and necessary.

Publication decisions

The editor of the International Journal of Research in Vocational Studies (IJRVOCAS) is responsible for deciding which of the articles submitted to the journal should be published. The validation of the work in question and its importance to researchers and readers must always drive such decisions. The editors may be guided by the journal's editorial board's policies and constrained by such legal requirements as shall then be in force regarding libel, copyright infringement, and plagiarism. The editors may confer with other editors or reviewers in making this decision.

Fair play

An editor at any time evaluates manuscripts for their intellectual content without regard to race, gender, sexual orientation, religious belief, ethnic origin, citizenship, or political philosophy of the authors.


The editor and any editorial staff must not disclose any information about a submitted manuscript to anyone other than the corresponding author, reviewers, potential reviewers, other editorial advisers, and the publisher, as appropriate.

Disclosure and conflicts of interest

Unpublished materials disclosed in a submitted manuscript must not be used in an editor's own research without the author's express written consent.

Duties of Reviewers

Contribution to Editorial Decisions

Peer review assists the editor in making editorial decisions and the editorial communications with the author may also assist the author in improving the paper.


Any selected referee who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the editor and excuse himself from the review process.


Any manuscripts received for review must be treated as confidential documents. They must not be shown to or discussed with others except as authorized by the editor.

Standards of Objectivity

Reviews should be conducted objectively. Personal criticism of the author is inappropriate. Referees should express their views clearly with supporting arguments.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Reviewers should identify relevant published work that the authors have not cited. The relevant citation should accompany any statement that an observation, derivation, or argument had been previously reported. A reviewer should also call the editor's attention to any substantial similarity or overlap between the manuscript under consideration and any other published paper they have personal knowledge of.

Disclosure and Conflict of Interest

Privileged information or ideas obtained through peer review must be kept confidential and not used for personal advantage. Reviewers should not consider manuscripts in which they have conflicts of interest resulting from competitive, collaborative, or other relationships or connections with any authors, companies, or institutions connected to the papers.

Duties of Authors

Reporting standards

Authors of reports of original research should present an accurate account of the work performed and an objective discussion of its significance. Underlying data should be represented accurately in the paper. A paper should contain sufficient detail and references to permit others to replicate the work. Fraudulent or knowingly inaccurate statements constitute unethical behaviour and are unacceptable.

Data Access and Retention

Authors are asked to provide the raw data in connection with a paper for editorial review and should be prepared to provide public access to such data (consistent with the ALPSP-STM Statement on Data and Databases), if practicable, and should, in any event, be prepared to retain such data for a reasonable time after publication.

Originality and Plagiarism

The authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and if the authors have used the work and/or words of others, this has been appropriately cited or quoted.

Multiple, Redundant, or Concurrent Publication

An author should not, in general, publish manuscripts describing essentially the same research in more than one journal or primary publication. Submitting the same manuscript to more than one journal concurrently constitutes unethical publishing behaviour and is unacceptable.

Acknowledgement of Sources

Proper acknowledgement of the work of others must always be given. Authors should cite publications that have been influential in determining the nature of the reported work.

Authorship of the Paper

Authorship should be limited to those who have made a significant contribution to the conception, design, execution, or interpretation of the reported study. All those who have made significant contributions should be listed as co-authors. Where others have participated in certain substantive aspects of the research project, they should be acknowledged or listed as contributors. The corresponding author should ensure that all appropriate co-authors and no inappropriate co-authors are included in the paper. All co-authors have seen and approved the paper's final version and have agreed to its submission for publication.

Hazards and Human or Animal Subjects

If the work involves chemicals, procedures, or equipment with any unusual hazards inherent in their use, the author must clearly identify these in the manuscript.

Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest

All authors should disclose any financial or other substantive conflict of interest in their manuscript that might be construed to influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript. All sources of financial support for the project should be disclosed.

Fundamental errors in published works

When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her own published work, it is the author’s obligation to promptly notify the journal editor or publisher and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper.