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Instructions for writers

HAMK Unlimited is a publishing platform which gathers all HAMK-based publications onto one website. The publications may include texts, pictures, audios, and videos. There are three publications: Professional, Journal, and Scientific. Below you can find general instructions for all these publications, as well as specific instructions for each publication.

Submit your manuscript (Word document, .doc or .docx) to julkaisut@hamk.fi. You can also contact us earlier if you need guidance. If you are planning on making an audiovisual publication, please contact us at the earliest possible stage. Overall, prepare for longer publishing processes than before, and please take this into consideration when planning the timetable of your project.

At the end of the text, include a brief introduction of the author/s, including the name/s of the author/s, their position/s, and affiliation/s. You can send a photo of the author if you wish. If there are several writers, include either a photo of all or them, or none. In addition to this, each publication requires a good-quality photo related to the topic, and a CC license (see instructions below).

EDITORIAL BOARD

An editorial board consisting of HAMK personnel reviews all publications in advance. The current term lasts until the end of 2017.

The members of the editorial board:
Mervi Friman, chair
Sinikka Luokkanen
Janne Salminen
Lotta Linko
Mona-Anitta Riihimäki
Tapani Pöykkö
Paula Rantamaa
Leena Ahonen
Pirjo Seddiki
Mikko Mäntyneva
Taina Juurakko-Paavola
Jaakko Helander
Lea Mustonen
Heikki Ruohomaa
Jussi Horelli
Tiina Vuorio
Saija Karevaara
Anne-Maria Korhonen

Maria Lassila-Merisalo, editor-in-chief, HAMK Unlimited
Elina Wathén, publishing coordinator, HAMK Unlimited

PUBLICATIONS

PROFESSIONAL stories are directed either at the big audience or the professional audience. They are based on the author’s expertise and work conducted at HAMK. If some of the authors are students or people outside of HAMK, the output of HAMK personnel must be apparent. In addition to this, visitor stories are also welcome at HAMK Unlimited.

The structure of the expert point of view is free, and different forms are allowed, even promoted. An expert point of view is from 3,000 to 8,000 characters long, including spaces. Source references are not necessary, but any sources mentioned in the text must be listed alphabetically at the end of the document. The sources do not need to be academic, but sound criticism is expected.

The publishing decision is made by the editor-in-chief along with two members of the publishing board. The editors may ask for changes to be made in the manuscript, and the editors also hold the right to make minor corrections to the language. The publishing process takes from two weeks to one month.

JOURNAL articles present the results of R&D activities, such as workplace development projects. The empirical material is in the leading role, and by choosing sources which support the empirical findings, the author shows his/her familiarity with the context and the tradition of his/her topic. If some of the authors are students or people outside of HAMK, the output of the HAMK personnel must be apparent. In addition to this, visitor stories are also welcome at HAMK Unlimited.

The Journal article follows the general IMRAD structure of article writing: introduction and background, materials and methods, results, and discussion. The length of the article is from 10,000 to 20,000 characters (including spaces). The sources are referred to according to our APA style.

The publishing decision is made by the editor-in-chief along with two members of the publishing board. The editors may ask for changes to be made in the manuscript, and the editors also hold the right to make minor corrections to the language. The publishing process takes from one to two months.

SCIENTIFIC includes peer-reviewed scientific articles. A manuscript is written according to general practices in the field in question. Reliable scientific journals can be used as an example for the structure. The maximum length is 40,000 characters (including spaces). The sources are referred to according to our APA style.

HAMK Unlimited Scientific has been granted the right to use the label for peer-reviewed scholarly publications (vertaisarviointitunnus) of the Federation of Finnish Learned Societies (Tieteellisten Seurain Valtuuskunta, TSV), and adheres to the requirements of use of the label.

Desk reject is in use, i.e. the editor in chief may decide not to send the manuscript for review. The review process is double blind. The reviewers are asked to give one of the following recommendations:

  • to suggest that the manuscript is accepted for publication as such.
  • to suggest that the manuscript is accepted for publication after minor revision (comments included).
  • to suggest that the manuscript is accepted for publication after major revision (comments included).
  • to suggest that the manuscript should be rejected for reasons they set out.

The publishing board of HAMK makes the final decision based on the recommendations of the reviewers. 

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

These instructions apply to all publication categories.

FORMATTING THE TEXT
The text must be aligned to the left; not justified. Do not use hyphenation or paragraph indents. Mark a new paragraph with an empty line. In addition to the main heading, there can be two subheading levels at the most. The main headings and the subheadings should be formatted clearly.

All texts must include a short lead, consisting of two or three sentences.

TABLES AND FIGURES
Any tables and figures are marked with running numbers. They are placed in the correct place in the text, not at the end. The headline of a figure is placed under the figure, and the headline of a table is placed on top of the table. Figures are sent in separate picture files. Always include the original file.

PHOTOS
Each publication requires at least one photo. It needs to be appealing and of good quality, and it should be related to the topic. Submit the photo(s) as separate files (.jpg or .png). Make sure that you have the right to use the picture. Minimum width is 1,600 px, resolution 72 ppi, and the orientation is preferably landscape. Scaling and resizing are taken care of at HAMK Unlimited. You can search for a suitable photo from HAMK Flickr or use image banks on the internet. Always identify the source of the picture. If you don’t come across a suitable photo, the editors can help you find one. 

CC LICENSE

HAMK Unlimited is completely open access: all publications are free and available to anyone. In addition to this, we use Creative Commons license CC BY-SA by default. This means that anyone can share, copy and edit your publication, as long as they mention the source and share the material with the same license. If you wish to publish under a different license, let us know. You can learn more about CC licenses and choose a suitable one at https://creativecommons.org/choose/

PROOFREADING, TRANSLATIONS

HAMK does not provide proofreading or translation services. HAMK has a contract with seven service providers. Here you can check HAMK-specific vocabulary.