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 Action steps:
  • 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%
  • Metrics:
  • 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. Action steps:
  • 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
  • Metrics:
  • 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 Action steps:
  • 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
  • Metrics:
  • 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 Action steps:
  • 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.
  • Metrics:
  • 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.