PLAIO Call for contributions

PLAIO – Prior Learning Assessment Inside Out: An International Journal on Theory, Research and Practice in Prior Learning Assessment  

In a special issue of PLAIO, we invite contributions from papers and presentations connected to the 5th VPL Biennale (6-8 May 2024). This special issue will include essays/materials exploring the four major themes of the conference People, validation and power: democracy in action?

  • Validation and the individual: democracy in action?
  • Validation and skills: democracy in action? 
  • Validation and inclusion: democracy in action? 
  • Validation and mobility: democracy in action? 

We are interested in contributions that explore the role of VPL (or RPL/PLA/RVA/etc.) in any of these subthemes:

  • that critically examine VPL assessment tools;
  • that take up VPL in the academy, the workplace and in the community;
  • that help us understand the links between VPL, access and social justice; and
  • that propose approaches/innovations that advance VPL policies and practices worldwide.

Intent to submit

Using the link below, please submit an abstract of 250 words with the title of your proposed contribution by 20 May. We will notify contributors by 3 June.

Full submissions are expected by 19 August 2024.

Submissions to this special issue can be of varying lengths, but no longer than 5,000 words. Materials should be submitted as Microsoft Word or Rich Text Format documents on the PLAIO website at

(Once logged in, go to the “User Home” tab, and click on “New Submission” to upload your document. [If this option is not viewable, be sure that the role of “Author” has been selected in your user account under “Edit My Profile.”])

All correspondence regarding your contribution to this journal, should be directed to the special issue co-editors:  

Ruud Duvekot (European Centre Valuation Prior Learning)

Susan Forseille (Thompson Rivers University)

Nan Travers (State University of New York/Empire State University)

Alan Mandell (State University of New York/Empire State University)