Submission Guidelines for Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning


Manuscripts are solicited for publication in the Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning, a bi-annual, peer-reviewed, online periodical dedicated to the theory and the practice of problem-based learning (PBL). We define problem-based learning broadly to include various approaches to student-centered learning such as inquiry, anchored instruction, and project-based learning. Proposals for thematic special issues are also welcomed.


Submission of articles that report on original research, classroom or project descriptions and evaluations, syntheses of the literature, assessments of the state of the art, and theoretical or conceptual positions that relate to the use of PBL are highly desired. Please note that for original research we expect to see an explanation of the research question(s), description of the methods employed, analyses used, and recommendations for implementation and further research. For classroom or project descriptions, data-based evidence is required.

Length: Manuscripts should be between 10 and 25 double-spaced U.S. standard letter size (8.5 " x 11 ") pages in length (not counting references, tables, appendices, etc.). In addition, an abstract of approximately 125 words is required.

Style: Manuscripts should be prepared according to the APA format as described in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (5th ed.). Manuscripts not conforming to these specifications will be returned to the author for proper formatting.

Format: Manuscripts should be submitted through the web site:

Articles may be uploaded in either of the following formats:

  • MS Word using only the truetype versions of standard PostScript fonts (Times, Arial, Symbol)
  • Rich Text Format (RTF) with the same constraints for fonts


Manuscripts are reviewed first by the editors. Those that appear appropriate for the journal are sent to at least two experts in PBL scholarship, particularly in the primary author's discipline or content area. All reviews are "blind", that is, without identifying the author(s) to the reviewers. On the basis of the reviewers' recommendations, the IJPBL editor(s) decide to 1) publish the manuscript as submitted, 2) to request a significant revision and resubmission, or 3) to reject the manuscript for publication. In all cases, the author will be notified of the decision, and a copy of the reviewers' comments will be provided. The review process is expected to take between 2-4 months.

If you have any questions, please contact Peggy A. Ertmer at or Christopher Mong at

The Interdisciplinary Journal of
Problem-based Learning
Peggy A. Ertmer, Editor; pertmer@purdue.edu
Chris Mong, Editorial Assistant; cmong@purdue.edu
Purdue University
100 N. University St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2098
Tel: 1-765-494-5675
Fax: 1-765-496-1622