About IPDJ

Aim and scope

Over the next three years (2016-2018), the International Practice Development Journal has the vision of being recognised internationally, as a high quality and high profile open access publication for health and social care practitioners, educators and academics working in practice development and related fields.

Our commitment is to publish and make freely accessible, scholarly inquiry into practice development and related fields, and expand the international community of practitioners, educators and academics working in the area of practice development. Our aim is to publish material that challenges assumptions and provokes new visions and ideas, helping health and social care workers engage in dialogue about the contribution practice development makes to health and social care services and academia.

In addition, we will enable first time and novice writers to publish their practice development work in a scholarly way by facilitating the formation of writing partnerships between novice and more experienced writers.

The journal was launched in June 2011; issues are published twice a year in May and November.


Open access

The IPDJ is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the BOAI definition of open access. All articles are distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Unported 3.0 License.


Licensing and publishing rights

Prior to publication, all authors are required to sign a copyright agreement. This grants the Foundation of Nursing Studies (the publisher) a non-exclusive license to publish the authors work on a ‘creative commons’ basis. Under this agreement authors retain copyright for their work.


Article processing charges

There are no article processing or submission charges.


Indexing services

The IPDJ is currently listed with:

  • Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Cinahl Complete
  • ProQuest
  • British Library
  • Directory of Nursing Journals
  • RoMEO


Peer review process

Original papers, critical reviews of literature and critical reflections are all subject to double blind peer review. Further information about this process can be found in our author guidelines.





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