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The “dos and don'ts” of writing a journal article

Tauno Kekäle (University of Vaasa, Vaasa, Finland)
Petra de Weerd‐Nederhof (School of Management and Governance, University of Twente, Twente, The Netherlands)
Sara Cervai (University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy)
Massimo Borelli (University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy)

Journal of Workplace Learning

ISSN: 1366-5626

Article publication date: 2 January 2009




During work as reviewers and editors of journals authors are often faced the same types of problems in many articles. The purpose of this piece is to give some guidelines on typical problems that lead to rejection, and how to avoid these.


The paper discusses journal article design and offers some methodology viewpoints; in particular about the differences between a PhD thesis aim and a scientific journal article. It focuses on some typical mistakes found in reviewing papers.


The paper finds that the main criteria to getting published are that the article must include original, empirical research.


Following these guidelines the review process of articles will be smoother and the amount of rejects should diminish. Especially young researchers can find good suggestions about how to write a paper for the Journal of Workplace Learning.



Kekäle, T., de Weerd‐Nederhof, P., Cervai, S. and Borelli, M. (2009), "The “dos and don'ts” of writing a journal article", Journal of Workplace Learning, Vol. 21 No. 1, pp. 71-80.



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