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Call for papers: UAS Journal 2/2021, Open RDI activities and open education in universities of applied sciences

We invite RDI and open education experts to write in the UAS Journal themed issue 2/2021 on open RDI activities and open education in universities of applied sciences. In this themed issue, we will prefer diverse and cross-organisational articles. 

The open organisational culture has developed vastly in universities of applied sciences during the past few years. There was a significant improvement in maturity levels in the maturity report of research organisations by the Ministry of Education and Culture. However, the report reminds us that there is still developing to be done in the open organisational culture. The obstacles in openness as experienced by various actors need to be solved, guidance and supporting services further developed and cooperation between organisations and networks strengthened. Despite Finnish higher education already being at the head of open research and science in Europe, there is need to develop further in international collaboration. 

Open RDI activities mean that RDI projects, their publications and other output, theses, study materials, RDI data, methods and indicators are kept available and at use as openly as possible. Additionally, the processes in availability and storage need to be controlled.  Open activities increase the visibility, quality, reliability and impressiveness of the RDI activities, as well as promote collaboration with companies and organisations. 

Open Education (OE) means extending learning and participation for all. Open education aims to lower hindrances in learning and increase availability, accessibility, supply and learner-centredness. Open education is often carried out using digital technology. OE diversifies the possibilities of teaching, learning, knowledge forming, co-creation and co-sharing, as well as merges formal and informal learning. Central concepts are Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices. (Avoin tiede 

The submissions for the themed issue may deal with following topics or questions: 

  • How has openness been developed in RDI activities and education in universities of applied sciences and the whole innovation eco system? 
  • How is open education promoted in universities of applied sciences? 
  • How are the results, data and competences in the RDI activities of universities of applied sciences made available for use during the activities – and not only as final results? 
  • How has openness changed developing or regional impact in the world of work? 
  • How can the services and competences provided by universities of applied sciences and their RDI infrastructure be found? How can they be better utilised? 
  • What kind of education and training or services are provided in connection with RDI activities and education? How are the activities organised? 
  • What kind of practices in open access publishing have been developed, i.e. parallel publishing, article processing fees, licences? 
  • How have data management process been developed? 

We hope to receive expert article submissions both from universities of applied sciences and outside of them. We also hope to receive ’best practices’ articles sharing good methods and practices. You may also submit less formal reviews, summaries, and interviews, as well as commentaries about open RDI and open education. The maximum length of an expert article is 10,000 characters, review 4,000 characters, and less formal texts around 3,000 characters (including spaces). See for more advice in the instructions for writers. 

This issue 2/2021 has two-phase submission process. In the first phase we ask you to submit an abstract of around 200 words. We will form the contents of the themed issue based on the abstracts. After that we will ask for the final drafts based on the chosen abstracts. 

Guest editors: 

  • Seliina Päällysaho, Ph.D., M.Sc. (Econ.), Research Manager, Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences 
  • Anne Kärki, D.Sc. (Tech.)Principal LecturerSatakunta University of Applied Sciences 
  • Hannu HyyppäD.Sc. (Tech.).Professor, AALTO University 
  • Katja Laitila, M.Soc.Sc., Information Specialist, Häme University of Applied Sciences 

Please send your abstract of around 200 words to the guest editors in Word format vithe following link 


  • Send your abstract via the link above by Friday, 3 March 2021. 
  • Response based on the abstract will be sent by 14 March 2021.  
  • Send the first version of your article to the guest editors at seliina.paallysaho(at) by Friday 9 April 2021. 
  • Feedback will be sent to the corresponding author by 25 April 2021. 
  • Send your final version by Friday 7 May 2021. 

The issue will be published during the week 20. 

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