Submission Guidelines

Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning is an Open Access journal. This means that it uses a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access. Readers may freely read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of articles. This journal is covered under the CC BY-NC-ND license.


Philosophy of Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning

For more information, please see Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning Aims and Scope page.

Who Can Submit?

Anyone may submit an original article to be considered for publication in Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning provided he or she owns the copyright to the work being submitted or is authorized by the copyright owner or owners to submit the article. Authors are the initial owners of the copyrights to their works (an exception in the non-academic world to this might exist if the authors have, as a condition of employment, agreed to transfer copyright to their employer).

This journal does not require author processing charges or other publication fees.

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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning. If you have concerns about the submission terms for Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-Based Learning, please contact the editors.

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, including the planning, management, operation, and evaluation of PBL are highly desired. Please note that for original research we expect to see an evaluation of the research question(s), description of the methods employed, analyses used, and recommendations for implementation and further research.

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Formatting Requirements

Manuscripts are typically between 20 and 30 double-spaced U.S. standard letter size (8.5" x 11") pages in length. In addition, an abstract of approximately 125 words is required. Manuscripts should be prepared according to the latest guidelines of the American Psychological Association. Manuscripts not conforming to these specifications will be returned to the author for proper formatting.

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Rights for Authors and Purdue e-Pubs

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, the authors assign to Purdue e-Pubs all copyright in the article, subject to the expansive personal-use exceptions described below.

Personal-use Exceptions

The following uses are always permitted to the author(s) and do not require further permission from Purdue e-Pubs provided the author does not alter the format or content of the articles, including the copyright notification:

  • Posting of the article on the author(s) personal website, provided that the website is non-commercial;
  • Posting of the article on the internet as part of a non-commercial open access institutional repository or other non-commercial open access publication site affiliated with the author(s)'s place of employment (e.g., a Phrenology professor at the University of Southern North Dakota can have her article appear in the University of Southern North Dakota's Department of Phrenology online publication series); and
  • Posting of the article on a non-commercial course website for a course being taught by the author at the university or college employing the author.

People seeking an exception, or who have questions about use, should contact the editors.

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General Terms and Conditions of Use

Users of the Purdue e-Pubs website and/or software agree not to misuse the Purdue e-Pubs service or software in any way.

The failure of Purdue e-Pubs to exercise or enforce any right or provision in the policies or the Submission Agreement does not constitute a waiver of such right or provision. If any term of the Submission Agreement or these policies is found to be invalid, the parties nevertheless agree that the court should endeavor to give effect to the parties' intentions as reflected in the provision, and the other provisions of the Submission Agreement and these policies remain in full force and effect. These policies and the Submission Agreement constitute the entire agreement between Purdue e-Pubs and the Author(s) regarding submission of the Article.

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Ethical Standards and Misconduct Policy

IJPBL follows Purdue University Press's ethical standards and misconduct policy for journals, found here.

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