TAMKjournal - Guidelines for Authors

1. Publication proposal

You can write on a theme related to your work, TAMK or TAMK’s interest groups. The publication languages are Finnish and English.

Please become acquainted with the guidelines for authors and TAMKjournal contents already when planning your article.

The article categories are:

  • Topical: A literature based article which comments on current phenomena in the field or higher education sector, does not include an empirical part
  • Reports, applied research & development:  A popular description of practical development process and its results; ideas and innovations developed by TAMK staff and students, or other R&D based article including both theoretical and empirical parts.


TAMKjournal is mainly a publication channel for articles written by the TAMK personnel and students. For this reason the editorial board will review a maximum of two manuscripts per year submitted by an author outside TAMK.

If a student and a member of personnel co-write an article (e.g. based on a thesis study), the part written by the member of personnel should be indicated clearly.

Please send your material to tamkjournal.tamk(at)tuni.fi. (the text as a Word or RFT file, and pictures and figures as separate documents in PDF, JPG or ESP format).


Publication process:

  1. Send your article proposal to TAMKjournal’s editors, tamkjournal(at)tamk.fi
    Write your name and the article name in the subject field of the email as follows: Family name: Article name.
    Notify the category of your article in your email (Topical, Applied Research and Development or Reports and Innovations).
  2. If something puzzles you in writing, you can contact the editor in chief already at the beginning of the writing process. The editor in chief or some other editorial staff member will support you in text production and publication matters.
  3. The editor in chief confirms receipt of your article proposal and provides information on how to progress. Publication is always process writing. The editorial staff usually gives developing feedback on your proposal to help you in finishing your publication. The aim is to have the best possible outcome.
  4. Work on your article proposal based on the feedback.
  5. At the moment, TAMKjournal does not have a possibility for translation (texts in English). You should ask a resource for this from your supervisor.
  6. Send your revised article proposal to the editor.
  7. Include information on what you have changed in the text based on the feedback and what not and the reason for not making a requested change. If necessary, the text will still be edited.
  8. TAMKjournal articles have a specific profile and maximum length. The editorial staff reserves the right to edit and shorten the text if necessary.
  9. When the editor has given the permission to publish, the publication coordinator publishes the article.
  10. You are informed when the text is published.
  11. TAMK staff member, please, don’t forget to report your published article to Justus-service: https://justus.csc.fi/#!/ Use category D1 – Article in a Trade Journal. When publication information is entered into service it is also automatically transferred to the publication data collection by the Ministry of Education and Culture and taken into consideration in the funding formula of higher education institutions.

NB: The publication process (stages 7-9) takes a minimum of a month.


2. Publication structure and writing technique

TAMKjournal articles have to be written in a formal, clear and understandable style. Avoid excess jargon.

The article length depends on the topic and handling method. The text has a maximum of 10,000 characters including the space characters (2,5-3 pages, New Times, font 12, line spacing 1).

  • References are given in accordance with TAMK Report Guide.
  • Do not worry about the page layout, but mark paragraph divisions with a blank line. Mark headings clearly.
  • Do not use forced hyphenation.
  • Define clear objectives for the article:
    • What, why and to whom do I write?
    • What is my key message?

The set objectives determine how the content is structured and weighted in the article.

Online publication enables use of links, videos and music. Please agree on use of audiovisual material in TAMKjournal with the copyright holder in written.

See TAMK Report Guide as regards writing and spelling.

It is recommended to illustrate texts. The pictures must have a sufficient resolution (width a minimum of 600–800 pixels with 72 PPI resolution). Please consider the copyrights, i.e. only use your own pictures or public image bank pictures. In other cases, you have to ask permission from the author or copyright holder for publication. If the author does not have the copyright, the copyright holder’s name has to be given in connection with the picture or in the caption. If you don’t have a picture, the editorial staff reserves the right to choose a relevant illustration for the article.


3. Lead paragraph, keywords and author description

A lead or introductory paragraph is to be included at the beginning of the article and an author description, keywords and suggestion for a pull quote (one sentence) at the end.


Lead paragraph

  • Its maximum length is 850 characters including the space characters (the lead is not counted into the number of characters in the whole article).
  • If the text is an article: Tell why the article was written, what it concerns and what follows? Why this theme is topical or requires attention?
  • If the text is applied research and development: Tell what are the purpose, potential data, used method and main results of the work. Think about your target group and what interests them.
  • Please consider that the lead paragraph can be seen in the browsing view of TAMKjournal.


Author description

A short description of the author is given at the bottom of each article. It includes the following data:

  • Author’s name
  • School or unit
  • Email address (in the form: firstname.familyname@tuni.fi )
  • Author’s field of study
  • Current job
  • Fields of expertise
  • It is possible to attach author’s photograph. It must have a sufficient resolution (minimum width 150 pixels) and the person must be well recognisable.


  • Attach 3-7 keywords to the article proposal. They are given after the abstract in Finnish or English and should describe the article contents as well as possible.
  • Use keywords given in an index term list and include your school’s or unit’s name (e.g. wellbeing services, physiotherapy) and the authors’ names into the keywords.
  • If your article concerns one of TAMK’s focus areas, its name should be given as a keyword.
  • Articles written by support services, Faculty of Music, Media & Arts and TAMK’s highest management are placed under Other Topics.
  • Keywords help readers to find your article!
  • You can find the English terms in KOKO-ontology.


Pull quote suggestion

A pull quote stands for a concise, selling or representative citation of the article text. It is given in a larger font size in the ”armpit” of the article. Suggest the pull quote clause or sentence at the end of the article (140 characters including the space characters at maximum).


4. Author’s rights and obligations

The author is in charge of the article contents and correctness. The author is in charge of the article not including plagiarised or research ethically dubious material or violating the copyright. The author is in charge of not having the same article published more than once.

The editorial staff reserves the right to make minor technical changes (e.g. correct spelling mistakes) during publication. Other editing or changes are agreed on with the author.

Articles are licensed Creative Commons license CC BY-SA by default. Anyone can share, copy and edit the publication, if they mention the source and share the material with the same license. If the author would prefer to publish under a different license, contact the editorial board: tamkjournal.tamk(at)tuni.fi.

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. If the author(s) does not agree, he or she should contact TAMKjournal editors.