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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.

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.

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 (APA). Manuscripts not conforming to these specifications will be returned to the author for proper formatting.

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.