TAMKjournal – for authors

TAMKjournal publishes two types of articles:

  • Expert articles. Professional or scientific literature based articles on current phenomena in the field or higher education sector. No empirical section.
  • Development and applied research. Snappy and popularised descriptions of practical development work and related results or TAMK staff’s research or development based articles with both a theoretical and empirical section.

You can write on a current theme related to the higher education field, your professional expertise field or TAMK. The publication languages are Finnish and English.

Please note that TAMKjournal primarily consists of articles written by TAMK staff. If students and staff members write an article together, for example based on a thesis, it has to be possible to demonstrate which part of the article was written by the staff member.

The editorial staff takes up a maximum of two manuscripts from the same external author in a calendar year. The restriction does not apply to articles which have a minimum of one staff member as an author.

Publication process

  1. Send your article proposal to tamkjournal.tamk(at)tuni.fi. Write the first author’s name in the subject field.
  2. Articles have a determined profile and maximum length. The editorial staff usually gives developing feedback on your proposal which helps you in editing it.
  3. Work on your article proposal based on the given feedback and send the edited article proposal to TAMKjournal. If necessary, the text is edited further.
  4. When the TAMKjournal editorial staff have given the publication permit, the text moves on to the publication queue. The editorial staff reserves the right to edit and shorten the text, if necessary. You will receive an email when the text is published.

When the article is published, an author who is a staff member adds it to the Justus publication data service. The publication type is D1. The data is automatically transferred to the Ministry of Education and Culture’s annual publication data collection.

Please note that it may take about a month before the ready article is published.

Publication structure and writing technique

TAMKjournal includes popularised expert articles. It is good to avoid using foreign words and unnecessary professional or scientific jargon in publications. Define what, why and to whom you write. What is the primary message of your text?

Article headlines should be as short and striking as possible. The maximum length of main headings is 75 characters. The body text may have 2,500–10,000 characters with spaces (about 3 pages, Times New Roman, font 12, line spacing 1). You do not have to position or format the text, but mark headings clearly and demonstrate paragraph limits with an empty line. Use references in text, list of references, tables, figures and pictures in accordance with TAMK’s report guidelines.

Spelling of TAMK’s name:

  • in Finnish: Tampereen ammattikorkeakoulu
  • in English: Tampere University of Applied Sciences
  • abbreviation: TAMK

Illustration of texts is recommended. Photographs should have enough high resolution (a minimum width of 600–800 px and resolution of 72 PPI). The editorial staff selects the illustration; you can suggest a photograph.

Only use your own or public image bank photographs. In other cases, the photographer’s or copyright owner’s permission is needed for its publication. If the author of the article does not have a copyright to the photograph, the copyright owner’s name has to be given in connection with the photograph or caption. If there are people who can be identified in the photograph, you have to ensure that you have their permission to publish the photograph in internet. The photographer’s or copyright owner’s name is given in the caption or in connection with the author data.

Online publication makes it possible to attach videos or music to the article. Please remember to agree on material use in written with the copyright owner of the audiovisual material.

Send the text as a Word or rtf file and include photographs, figures and tables into it. Send also the photographs, figures and tables as separate files (JPG or EPS) to tamkjournal.tamk(at)tuni.fi.


Consideration of accessibility

The TAMKjournal publication platform and its font types are machine-readable. Accessibility also must be considered in connection with the manuscript.

Tables have to be used with care and primarily for presentation of large data masses (in quantitative research or register data processing). Figure and table contents have to be opened as comprehensively as possible in the body text or the contents are to be presented without tables for example with lists.

Photographs and figures have to be numbered and provided with a short text equivalent (ALT text). The text tells visually disabled users what the picture includes. Text equivalents also improve search engine optimisation.


Lead, keywords and author description

A short general description or lead is written at the beginning of the article and an author description, keywords and a pull quote proposal (one sentence) at the end.


  • Attach a short lead with a maximum of 500 characters with spaces (not included in the number of characters of the article). Readers often decide on whether they continue reading the article based on the lead.
  • Please notice that the lead can only be seen when the article is clicked open.
  • In a research or report, the lead describes its purpose, progress or development process and main results from the viewpoint of your target group.
  • In an expert article, tell what the article handles and why the topic is important, topical and noteworthy.

Author description

Write short author descriptions of yourself and other authors. Include the following data in each description:

  • Author’s name, current work duties, school or unit, email address and ORCID code. Authors may also describe their field of expertise with 1–2 sentences.


  • Attach keywords or 3–7 words which describe the contents as well as possible. Keywords help in finding your article through search engines.
  • Use index term list based keywords and include your school’s or unit’s name (eg Communications and Marketing Services, Physiotherapy) and authors’ names into keywords. If your article concerns a focus area of TAMK, include it into the keywords.
  • You can also find English terms in YSO – General Finnish ontology.

Pull quote proposal

It is possible to attach 1–2 pull quotes to draw the reader’s attention. Copy your sentence or clause proposals (a maximum of 140 characters with spaces) at the end of the article. The pull quote is highlighted with a larger font size than the body text. The editorial staff may also suggest a pull quote.


Rights and obligations of authors and TAMKjournal

  • Separate publication agreements are not made during the TAMKjournal publication process. By suggesting a manuscript to TAMKjournal, authors grant TAMKjournal the publication right to the delivered material in accordance with the conditions below.
  • TAMKjournal articles are licensed with the Creative Commons licence CC BY-SA. Anyone can distribute, copy and edit the articles if the author’s name and link to the original material are given and the material is distributed with the same licence. If authors want to publish their article with a different licence, they have to contact the editorial staff.
  • Authors are in charge of their article contents. They are responsible for the article not containing plagiarised material, material which breaches copyrights or other research ethically questionable material.
  • Authors are in charge of the same article not being published elsewhere.
  • The editorial staff withholds the right to make minor changes in the text. Larger editing is negotiated with the author.
  • The editorial staff have the right to refer the author to a publication platform which better suits the text contents or target group.

In accordance with UAS’s Open Access statement, TAMKjournal articles are uploaded to Theseus, an open repository provided by the Rectors’ Conference of Finnish Universities of Applied Sciences.

Further information: tamkjournal.tamk(at)tuni.fi.