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Call for Papers: Exploring resilience in vocational and professional contexts

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It is not only since the COVID-19 pandemic that resilience has become a priority and necessary ingredient for sustaining well-being and productivity in the 21st century. Ongoing developments such as increasing work intensification and accountability, rapid technological change, multiple options for study and career choices as well as a general sense of uncertainty and fluidity are only a few of the challenges that many people around the globe experience. Vocational and professional contexts, i.e. vocational schools, training companies and workplaces play a pivotal role in this regard because they are both, the settings in which the challenges may manifest themselves but also the location where resilience can be build up and sustained. However, while there is a whole body of research on stress and its harmful effects (e.g. resignation or burnout) in these environments, comparable scientific enquiries on resilience are only just beginning in this field.

Aims and Scope:

This Thematic Issue aims at contributing to fill the abovementioned gap by bringing together current research that progresses the emerging field of resilience in vocational and professional contexts. In particular, it aims to expand our understanding of how resilience can be conceptualised and measured in these contexts, to provide evidence in terms of effective interventions to build and sustain resilience, especially in times of crisis, and identify areas for future research in this area.

We consider resilience a multidimensional, dynamic, multilevel and context sensitive concept that is supposed to give answers to the question of how, when and why individuals, groups or organisations and even states or nations are able to effectively cope with and even thrive in the face of adversities. We thus welcome empirical research studies (original articles, literature reviews, meta-analyses) that could be situated in different settings, including for example the following:

  • Vocational schools and training companies
  • Different kinds of workplaces
  • Different professions
  • Different kinds of organisational structures (e.g., public, profit, non-profit, hybrid).

Submission instructions

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the Instructions for Authors for Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct thematic series please select the appropriate section in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the Thematic Series on series title. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review, and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Deadline for submission:

This Call for Papers is open from now until 31 March 2023. Submitted papers will be reviewed in a timely manner and published directly after acceptance (i.e. without waiting for the accomplishment of all other contributions). Thanks to the Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training (ERVET) open access policy, the articles published in this thematic issue will have a wide, global audience.

Guest Editors
Prof. Dr. Carmela Aprea
University of Mannheim               

Prof. Susan Beltman, PhD              
Curtin University             

Dr. Viviana Sappa   
Swiss Federal Institute for Vocational Education 

Submissions will also benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:

Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient

High visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article

No space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage

Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed.


  1. Economic shocks provide both risks and opportunities for workplace training programs—the risk of program cancellation or interruption to skills development, and the opportunity to be at the vanguard of economi...

    Authors: Katherine M. Caves and Patrick McDonald
    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2023 15:7
  2. Drawing on the literature on resilience in education, this article explores personal characteristics, abilities and behaviours that enable vulnerable students and apprentices to succeed in education and traini...

    Authors: Evi Schmid and Christiane Lingås Haukedal
    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2022 14:11
  3. Stress in teaching and teacher training is a well-known issue and stress management during teacher training may not only be affected by individual coping efforts, but also determined by private and work-relate...

    Authors: Tobias Kärner, Julia Katharina Weiß and Karin Heinrichs
    Citation: Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training 2021 13:24

Annual Journal Metrics

  • 2022 Citation Impact
    1.3 - 2-year Impact Factor
    1.6 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.194 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
    0.513 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

    2023 Speed
    11 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    213 days submission to accept (Median)

    2023 Usage
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Empirical Research in Vocational Education and Training is an initiative of the Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI) (Bern, Switzerland), in collaboration with the German Federal Institute for Vocational Education and Training (BiBB). The publication costs for the journal are covered by the Swiss Coordination Centre for Research in Education (SCCRE), so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge.