Editorial: Welcome to the Journal of Professional Development
Stephen Palmer1,2 and Siobhain O’Riordan1,2
1International Academy for Professional Development Ltd, UK
2Wales Academy for Professional Practice and Applied Research, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, UK
Article citation: Palmer, S., & O’Riordan, S. (2023). Editorial: Welcome to the Journal of Professional Development. Journal of Professional Development, 1, 1, 1-3. https://jpd.iafpd.info/volumes/volume-1-2023/volume-1-article-1-editorial-welcome-to-the-journal-of-professional-development/
Welcome to the first volume of the Journal of Professional Development (JOPD). Our new journal will provide a platform for academics, consultants, lecturers, teachers, theorists, and practitioners to share their knowledge, insights and understanding of professional development. The importance of continuing professional development and learning cannot be understated.
We will publish articles on all aspects of the theory, research and practice of professional development. However, this excludes new research. The journal will also publish keynote papers, conference reports and book reviews. It will list relevant conferences in the area of professional development. The journal’s key aim is to provide the professional development community a publication to share developments in the professional development field, across a range of disciplines.
Topics can include continuing professional development (CPD); Professional development in a wide range of settings including management, education, psychology, health, counselling, coaching; Theories of professional development, learning and education; How to develop professional body recognised CPD programmes; Maintaining professional development records or logbooks; Reports and discussion about research; Supervision; Techniques, strategies to enhance professional development.
In the following sections we provide more information about the different types of paper we accept.
Brief reports are no longer than 1500 words plus references in length. They could be a commentary, discussion, or a comment about research. Short Abstracts and keywords are required.
Extended reports are no longer than 3500 words plus references in length. They could be a commentary, discussion, or a comment about research. Short Abstracts and keywords are required.
Position papers focus on subjects or fields of work which, in the author’s opinion, need readdressing. A clear position with possible actions, should be made on the subject. Position papers would normally be between 1500-3500 words in length. Abstracts and keywords are required.
Opinion Papers are original reports and personal views on a given topic or field of work (focusing on the author’s views). Claims and assertions should be supported with facts, statistics, or published research studies. Opinion papers would normally be between 1000-3500 words in length. Abstracts and keywords are required.
Approaches, techniques, interventions and strategies section
As an applied journal, we are interested in receiving articles about methods to enhance professional practice such as learning techniques, interventions and strategies. Articles would normally be between 750-1500 words in length. Abstracts and keywords are required.
Invited papers and keynotes
Invited papers and conference keynotes relating to some aspect of professional development, learning or training. Abstracts and keywords are required.
Book reviews should include the book title, author(s) or editor(s), publisher, date of publication, number of pages, cost. We recommend that a journal editor is initially contacted to ascertain if the book is suitable for review in this journal.
Conference, congress and symposium reports
Reports on conferences, congresses and symposia are important to keep researchers and practitioners up to date with events they were unable to attend. All submissions should include the event title, organising body, location, date and URL to the event website. Full conference abstracts can only be included with written permission from the conference organisers. It is important to receive agreement for an event submission from the editor to confirm if the event falls within the remit of this journal.
Journal papers are published online as soon as they are ready and are added to the “current” volume’s Table of Contents. On an occasional basis, the publishers may print a paper journal version of the articles published. Articles need an abstract and 5 or 6 keywords. In order to publish accepted articles promptly, the journal will use article numbers instead of the traditional method of continuous pagination through any particular volume. Articles should be submitted using our Article Template. The journal uses the latest APA style (7th ed) for referencing and citations. The journal is a text only journal, so we do not generally accept tables, figures, images or photos in submissions. Although all articles will be accessible to preview on the journal website, an Open Access provision is available for authors wishing to pay a fee. All authors will need to obtain their own ORCID identifier which will be included on their article.
The journal website provides further information on submitting articles. We look forward to receiving contributions.
Professor Stephen Palmer PhD FInstLM is Director of the International Academy of Professional Development. He is Professor of Practice at the Wales Academy for Professional Practice and Applied Research, University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and Coordinating Director of the ISCP International Centre for Coaching Psychology Research. Stephen is an Adjunct Professor at Aalborg University, Denmark, Fellow and Honorary President of the International Society for Coaching Psychology Also he is Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Development, and the Institute of Training and Occupational Learning. Stephen co-edits several academic journals and has written/edited 60 books and over 300 articles.
Dr Siobhain O’Riordan PhD FISCP is a chartered psychologist and chartered scientist. She is a Fellow and Chair of the International Society for Coaching Psychology (ISCP) and a member of the International Research Centre Development Team of the ISCP. She is a Director of the International Academy for Professional Development Ltd, and also an Honorary Research Fellow at the Wales Academy for Professional Practice and Applied Research, University of Wales Trinity Saint David.
Dr Siobhain O’Riordan’s recent book, Introduction to Coaching Psychology (with Palmer) was published in 2021 by Routledge in the Coaching Psychology Book Series.