Call for research articles

Deadline: 15.01, 15.04 and 15.09 (yearly)

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From 2015 the Norwegian dance magazine På Spissen publishes blind-reviewed research articles. The editorial board wishes to:

  • strengthen the possibilities for research publications within the dance field nationally and internationally
  • stimulate to increased visibility of research on the dance field
  • contribute to new networks of writers and readers of dance research

Up to one blind-reviewed research article per issue will be published from 2015. The articles will be published as an online open access publication on the website An abstract of the article will be published in the paper version of På Spissen.

Editorial board:

  • Tone Pernille Østern (PhD, Dr. of Arts in Dance), Associate Professor in Arts Education, Program for Teacher Education, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)
  • Egil Bakka, Professor Emeritus in Dance Science, Faculty of Humanities, NTNU
  • Anette Sture Iversen, editor of På Spissen

International Advisory Editorial board:

  • Liora Bresler, PhD, Professor in Education, University of Urbana Champaign, Illinois
  • Leena Rouhiainen, PhD, Professor in Artistic Research, University of the Arts Helsinki
  • Eeva Anttila, PhD, Professor in Dance Pedagogy, University of the Arts Helsinki
  • Susanne Ravn, PhD, Associate Professor at  Syddansk University, Odense
  • Charlotte Svendler-Nielsen, PhD, Assisting Professor, Copenhagen University
  • Hilde Rustad, PhD, post.doc in dance, Norwegian School of Sports Science
  • Anne Fiskvik, PhD, Associate Professor at Program for Dance Science, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
  • Gunn Engelesrud, PhD, Professor at Norwegian School of Sports Science
  • Anna-Lena Østern, PhD, Professor in Arts Education at Program for Teacher Education, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim
  • Petri Hoppu, PhD, Professor at Tampere University.
  • László Felföldi, PhD, Professor emeritus at  Szeged University, Hungary



The aim with research articles in På Spissen

  • To present new research-based knowledge about all aspects connected to the dance field. This might include for example aspects like performing dance, choreography, dance pedagogy, specific dance genres, dance history and dance as culture and tradition.
  • To stimulate to a stronger connection between practice and theory, and to generate new theory on the dance field.
  • To document and share experiences within dance research nationally and internationally.
  • To stimulate to the development of concept building and an academic writing tradition that conveys the embodied experiences and expressions of dance.
  • To contribute to network building nationally, within the Nordic countries and internationally to strengthen and connect a young Norwegian dance research field with a broader field of expertise.
  • To highlight specific themes connected to dance research as suggested by the editorial board.

Organisation of blind review of articles
To submit a scientific article in På Spissen, the authors are asked to follow the guidelines and send a complete manuscript to the editorial board. The editorial board engages blind reviewers that will suggest:

a)      Publication of the existing article

b)      Publication with minor or major revision

c)      That the article is not published

The editorial board sends the report from the blind review to the authors and suggest further process for revision of the text, alternatively rejects the article.

Guidelines for authors

  • Articles shall have a clear focus that relates to the aims of På Spissen as stated above.
  • Languages that can be used are Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and English.
  • The editorial board can revise articles.
  • The author should submit the article

a)      In full format, maximum 7000 words. To be published online open access

b)      An abstract of maximum 550 words. To be published in printed version

c)      A short abstract of maximum 200 words in the language used in the article + a short abstract of 200 words in English. If the full article is written in English, the second short abstract should be written in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish. The editorial board will help with this if the author is does not wrote a Scandinavian language. These short abstracts will be published online.

  • A separate page with name of the author + a biography of 100 words should be submitted in both in Norwegian, Swedish or Danish and in English. The editorial board will help with translation to a Scandinavian language for non-Scandinavian writers
  • Links to video material are welcome


  • European standard paper size, A4 210 x 297 mm.
  • Times New Roman size 12.
  • 1,5 line spacing in all parts of the text, including qutations and reference list.
  • Separate sections within the text with double spacing (press space key twice).
  • Never use big letters in titles.
  • Never use underlining in any parts of the text.
  • Divide the text with the use of subtitles that propel the text forwards.
  • If you need one more level of subtitles, make these cursive, not bold.
  • Use Times New Roman size 14, bold, on main title. Use Times New Roman size 12, bold, on subtitles. Use Times New Roman size 12, cursive not bold, on next level of subtitles (if this level is needed). Like this:

Main title
Subtitles next level

  • Put the author name below the main title with one line spacing (press space key once). After the author name, press space key twice before start of the main text
  • Press the space key twice before each new subtitle, and once after
  • Format titles of books, journals and art work with cursive
  • Use 1 cm margin on each side
  • Mark page number in the lower right corner

Photos and illustrations:

  • Use only photos and illustrations that you are permitted to use by the copyright holders. Authors are responsible for the use of photos/illustrations
  • Accredit photographer/artist, name of performance and of dancers/actors
  • Mark where the photos/illustrations should be included in the text, but also attach them as separate digital attachments (JPG, TIFF)


  • Use the APA-system for references in the text and for reference list
  • Use an author’s first name only the first time s/he is referred to within the actual text. Do not use an author’s first name if a reference is referred to only in parenthesis
  • Do not use footnotes, but endnotes. Use the automatic endnote system in the word program
  • Direct quotes less than 2 sentences should be written into the current text and marked with quotation marks
  • Direct quotes longer than 2 sentences should be marked as an own paragraph with indentation. Use the tab key twice and use Times New Roman size 10. Do not use quotation marks, not cursive text