Scope: Contemporary Research Topics is series of peer-reviewed open access journals published annually in November by Otago Polytechnic Press. Otago Polytechnic Ltd is a subsidiary of Te Pūkenga - New Zealand Institute of Skills and Technology. For previous issues and author guidelines and malpractice statement please see www.thescopes.orgFor more information on the details of the call, formats accepted etc please contact the Editor for the journal. Full manuscripts should be received by 2 April 2022 unless otherwise negotiated with the editors. 

Art and Design Issue 23 

The journal Scope (Art & Design) aims to engage discussion on contemporary research in the visual arts and design. It is concerned with views and critical debates surrounding issues of practice, theory, history and their relationships as manifested through the visual and related arts and activities, such as sound, performance, curation, tactile and immersive environments, digital scapes and methodological considerations. With New Zealand and its Pacific neighbours as a backdrop, but not its only stage, Scope (Art & Design) seeks to address the matters which concern contemporary artists and arts enquirers in their environments of practice. ISSN (for hardcopy version): 1177-5653; ISSN (for online version): 1177-5661. Submissions to 

Theme for 2022: Open 


Health and Wellbeing Issue 7 

The journal Scope (Health & Wellbeing) aims to engage in multidisciplinary discussion on contemporary research in the landscape of health. It is concerned with views and critical debates surrounding issues of practice, theory, education, history and their relationships as manifested through the written and visual activities, such as original research, commentary, and critical debates concerning contemporary researchers, industry, society and educators in their environments of national and international practice. Scope’s focus is on building a sense of community amongst researchers in New Zealand and the international community.  ISSN (hardcopy): 2537-8872; ISSN (online): 2537-8880 . Submissions

Theme for 2022: This issue will consider, discuss and debate how sustainability is understood in relation to health and wellbeing, particularly sustainability in relation to health and wellbeing of individuals, indigenous populations and communities for example, health, ill health, shifts in health, access to health, local health, global health, climate change, COVID-19 or the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals. 


Learning and Teaching Issue 11 

The journal Scope (Learning and Teaching) is concerned with views, critical debate and reflections on learning and teaching theory and practice. It seeks to address current topical matters in the field of tertiary education. Its focus is on building a sense of community amongst researchers from an array of New Zealand institutions with the goal of linking with a wider international community.  ISSN: 1179-951X (hardcopy), ISSN: 1178- 9528 (online)  Submissions to

Theme for 2022: Open: We are particularly interested in pieces which deal to the challenges, concepts and critical thinking around programmes, people and pedagogy that inform contemporary understandings of Learning and Teaching. We also welcome contributions to a special section on Neurodiversity in tertiary education.  


Work-based Learning Issue 3 

The journal Scope (Work-based Learning) focuses on contemporary research in assessment of prior learning, learning in, for, and about work, and professional practice. It is concerned with critical debate about practice, theory, and history, and their relationships as manifested in the experiences of learners, practitioners, and researchers in work-based learning and professional practice.  ISSN 2703-6227 (Print) ISSN 2703-6235 (Online)  Submissions to and  

Theme for 2022: ‘Working around’, our professional practice-based theme is open and ambiguous since it allows us to address the numerous 'work arounds' that the age of Covid-19 have hoisted around researchers and practitioners alike in professional practice. It talks to innovations or pivots in research and workplaces alike. It also implies that work is all around us in the world of professional practice, and enables us to explore round about our work and practice to find the spaces where it meets enquiry, research or scholarship.  

Work-based Learning Issue 4 Special Issue: Technology

Theme: This inaugural edition features the development of state-of-the-art and existing technologies in a broad array of fields of IT, Construction, Business Applications, Architecture, Science and Engineering. The content will have an applied science and technological perspective with a focus on both innovation and application to daily lives. It will cover diverse disciplines such as health and life science, energy and environment, advanced materials, technology-based manufacturing, information science and technology, building and construction and marine and transportations technologies. Technologies will prioritize cross-disciplinary research work that solve real-world problems and the key focus will be in applied research designed and delivered in quality accordance with sustainability, best practice, bi-cultural relevance and safety, and ethical standards. Note Technology will use IEEE Referencing style see 

Enquiries and submissions should be sent to the editors for this special edition, and 







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