Otago Polytechnic

He aha te kai ō te rangatira? He Kōrero, he kōrero, he kōrero!
(What is the food of the leader? It is knowing, it is sharing, it is communicating!)

Scope: Contemporary Research Topics (Work-based Learning) is a peer-reviewed journal within the open access Scope suite (www.thescopes.org). CapableNZ and Otago Polytechnic/Te Kura Matatini ki Otago are pleased to call for papers for the second issue of Scope (Work-based Learning) on the theme ‘Communicating Voices from Professional Practice’. To write in this theme is to enter the space of the kōrero, the space of voices: narrating, telling, relating, discussing, debating, communicating, sharing research.

The collection of voices in work-based learning is choral in range, including the learner voice, the voices of educators, the words of leaders and workers, employers and employees, mentors and mentees. We may also bring to the front the voices of those in the margins: the neglected, the disenfranchised and the silenced. We invite studies interpreting, representing and unravelling the notion of ‘voice’ as it pertains to practice research in the domains of work-based learning and professional practice. We are particularly interested in pieces involving critical and reflective applications of voice to the work we undertake together.

We invite submissions from learners, educators, practitioners, colleagues, peers and all stakeholders active in work-based learning locally, nationally and internationally. We particularly aim to hear the collaborative voices of peers working together or of learners singing in unison with mentors. Side by side we kōrero. Articles with multiple voices, as in a choir, are also strongly encouraged.

We invite a flexible range of works contributing fresh insights and understandings to the broad domain of professional practice. We call for such formats as articles and essays, and encourage such voices as those of poetry and song within these pieces. We expect high standards of writing, proofreading and adherence to consistency through the APA (7th Edition) referencing style.

Guidelines for Submission

  • Create a Word document (.docx format) of no more than 4000 words and send it to the editors (henk.roodt@op.ac.nz; martin.andrew@op.ac.nz) by Tuesday 1st of June, 2021.
  • Name your article with the lead author’s name and a key word from your title.
  • On a separate page include the name(s) of author(s) and a short biography of each (no more than 50 words). Also include the lead author’s contact email, the word count, and the number of figures or images in the text.
  • Include the images in .TIF, or .JPG format as separate files in the e-mail. Images should be prepared at a resolution of 300dpi. 
  • You will receive acknowledgement of receipt and an indication of when to expect a response from reviewers. You will be allowed up to two subsequent resubmissions of documents. Please note that all final decisions concerning publication of submissions will reside with the Editors.

For more information see the instructions for contributors  

General Information

Otago Polytechnic Ltd recognises the Royal Society of New Zealand's Code of Professional Standards and Ethics in Science, Technology, and the Humanities.  

Ethical Considerations in publishing

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. See Determining Authorship i.  

Originality and plagiarism: Authors should ensure that they have written entirely original works, and that the work and/or words of others have been appropriately cited, quoted, and referenced. 

Permissions: As a rule, permission should be sought from the rights holder to reproduce any substantial part of a copyrighted work. This includes any text, illustrations, charts, tables, photographs, or other material from previously published sources. A permissions form provided by the editor should be completed to re-use content published by Otago Polytechnic Ltd.  Exceptions to this are specified in endnote. ii (If in doubt authors should discuss this with their editor).  

Prior publication: Work published in Scope is deemed to be original work that has not previously been published by another publisher or is under consideration by another publisher. We do however accept work that is an artwork that has previously been exhibited in a gallery context, or that has been: 

  • re-interpreted from a previously published abstract,
  • published as an academic thesis, or  
  • published as an electronic preprint.  

Acknowledgement of sources: Appropriate acknowledgment of the work of others must always be given using full journal citations. 

Disclosure and conflicts of interest: All submissions must include disclosure of all relationships that could be viewed as presenting a potential conflict of interest. 

Fundamental errors in published works: When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in their own published work, it is the author's obligation to promptly notify the journal editor and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. Any correction or retraction will be made on the online version on our website.  

Compliance:  Statements of compliance are required if the reported research involves chemicals, procedures or equipment that have any unusual hazards inherent in their use.  Research involving animal or human subjects needs to indicate which body reviewed and approved ethical approval.  

Open Access & Data Mining: Scopes and Junctures are open access journals this means anyone can download open access content to mine via our DOI retrieval function and by aggregators. 

Archiving: Electronic backup and preservation of access to the journal content in the event a journal is no longer published shall be maintained by Otago Polytechnic Ltd. 

Editors responsibilities 

Each journal has their own chief editor and sometimes a co-editor/s as well as an editorial board.  As the publisher the overall responsibility for these publications is provided by the Series Editor who represents the publisher.  The roles of the chief and co-editors are contained in Manual for Editors.  

Author responsibilities 

Authors are required to: 

  • cite the ethics approval number for their work if it involves research with human or animal participants/subjects. 
  • ensure that the manuscript they are submitting to Scope has not already been previously published by or under consideration by another publisher 
  • include a list of references that have been cited in the work 
  • identify all authors who have significantly contributed to the research, see endnote Determining Authorship 
  • inform editors if they need to make retractions or corrections of mistakes after publication. 
  • acknowledge any financial support received for the research. 

The editors
Martin Andrew and Henk Roodt



Published on 24 Feb 2021

Orderdate: 24 Feb 2021
Expiry: 30 Jun 2021