Aims & Scope
Strategic Plan, 2010 - 2013
The Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning
(IJPBL) will be a global outlet for PBL scholarship, representing excellence in discovery and promoting transformative educational pedagogy. IJPBL will provide access to the most current research and practice related to PBL pedagogy, thus enhancing efforts of both PBL scholars and practitioners.
The mission of IJPBL is to Publish rigorous research, representing a variety of disciplines, related to problem-based learning Engage key and emerging scholars in significant discussion of key issues facing PBL researchers and practitioners Provide up-to-date information to scholars and practitioners who are new to PBL research and pedagogy, enabling them to address current gaps in the literature and/or to transform current learning environments and practices
IJPBL Goals, Strategies, and Metrics
Goal: Establish IJPBL as a pre-eminent journal dedicated to PBL scholarship
Strategy: Increase credibility of IJPBL
Secure listing in key citation indices (esp. PsycInfo, ERIC, Scopus).
Solicit manuscripts from key scholars doing PBL research
Recruit key scholars for advisory and editorial board positions
Maintain quality blind review process Establish and maintain acceptance rate < 15%
Publication of three consecutive volumes of the journal (necessary to achieve indexing in citation indices)
List of key journals in which citations occur (determined through analysis of Google Scholar citations)
Increase in number of manuscripts submitted by key scholars, including those from PBL “hotbeds” in Europe and Asia (e.g., Republic Polytechnic, Singapore; Erasmus University, Netherlands)
Securement of 2 new key scholars/year to serve on editorial and advisory boards Yearly acceptance rate
Strategy: Increase visibility of IJPBL.
Implement marketing strategies designed to reach PBL scholars in multiple disciplines (conference presence
Distribution of information [call for manuscripts, announcement of new issues, etc. to faculty]
Advertisements/calls in relevant journals, newsletters, etc.)
Publish topical issues related to PBL research and practice in specific disciplines (engineering education, pharmacy, educational psychology, etc.) or contexts (STEM, rural education, etc.)
Enhanced web presence
Number of submissions/year
Number of full-text downloads
Number of disciplines represented in each volume Number of conferences in which IJPBL is marketed (exhibits, panel presentations, distributed brochures)/year
Goal: Establish Purdue, particularly the COE, as a key player in PBL scholarship and practice
Strategy: Create and strengthen ties with PBL scholars across colleges/schools at Purdue
Engage colleagues in conversations about PBL pedagogy and research through established forums (Conversations on Teaching, CIE workshops, brown-bag seminar series, etc.)
Solicit manuscripts from Purdue faculty engaged in PBL research Recruit Purdue scholars doing PBL research to participate on IJPBL board and/or as reviewers
Participate on cross-disciplinary grants related to transformative pedagogy, including PBL
Number of attendees at PBL-based forums Annual survey of COE faculty efforts related to PBL
Number of Purdue departments and colleges represented by authors of submitted manuscripts List of reviewers and/or board members representing multiple colleges at Purdue
Collaborations with faculty from the College of Engineering and/or College of Science on NSF, DOE, and IES grants that include a PBL component
Strategy: Establish links between IJPBL, Purdue’s COE, and national and international PBL initiatives
Participate in national and international efforts (PBL-focused conferences, PBL consultancies; advisory boards on multi-institutional grants)
Create an International Section in IJPBL - Publish articles and/or special issue related to international PBL scholarship
Host workshops, webinars, online discussions related to PBL pedagogy.
Number of national and international events with a Purdue/IJPBL presence
Invitations to participate in national and international efforts
Articles/issues related to PBL scholarship and/or initiatives at Purdue Workshops, webinars, etc. hosted by Purdue with IJPBL presence.