PJSL welcomes submissions from all student authors who completed their service learning, civic engagement, or experiential learning as a Purdue undergraduate, graduate, or professional student in any of the Purdue campuses: Purdue University – Main Campus West Lafayette, Purdue University Calumet, Purdue University North Central, and Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne.

Students must be currently enrolled or within 1 year post-Purdue education to submit an abstract for review. Submissions are accepted from all academic disciplines.

Submitted proposals will be reviewed by experts in the discipline and in scholarly writing, as well as select members of the Editorial Board. Selected student authors will be contacted with an invitation to submit a Student Reflective Essay, Research With Reflection, Community Partner Snapshot, or Profile Interview.

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

Submission Types

Four types of contributions are accepted. These include:


A student authored composition describing and critically reflecting on a service-learning experience.


A student authored composition with potential secondary authorship by a writing mentor (e.g., faculty member, instructor, staff, community partner). This submission type includes a literature review and employs quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methods research methodology demonstrating community impact. Research involving human subjects must indicate either approval or exemption by the Institutional Review Board (IRB).


A student authored composition highlighting the mission/vision of a community partner, as well as engagement opportunities for Purdue students with the organizations clients.


A student-authored composition describing a Purdue teacher’s use of service-learning pedagogy, personal and professional impact from engagement activities, as well as the impact on student learning and the community.

Rights for Authors and e-Pubs

Authors retain copyright of their article but license to PJSL the nonexclusive worldwide right to publish the article in print and electronic form.

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Authors must guarantee that submitted manuscripts have not been published elsewhere, are not currently under review elsewhere, and have been submitted with the full knowledge of their institutional home. Any manuscripts must be original work. PJSL follows Purdue University Press's ethical standards and misconduct policy for journals, found here.

All manuscripts will be reviewed based on intellectual content without regard for age, gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, country of origin, or political philosophy of the authors.

All manuscripts submitted for review are kept strictly confidential by editors and reviewers. At no time will editors or reviewers utilize submitted materials without the consent of the authors.