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Informing Science and Information Technology Education Conferences
2015, Tampa, Florida USA, July 1-5
(submission through Nov. 30, 2014)

The academically peer refereed International Journal of Doctoral Studies (IJDS) endeavors to provide readers worldwide with high quality peer-reviewed scholarly articles on a wide variety of issues in doctoral studies using the Informing Science (IS) framework, as shown in our mission statement.

IJDS is published in print annually in a single volume by subscription and its articles also appear online as accepted free of charge. This arrangement provides authors with the widest possible readership while ensuring that their papers are fully accepted as bona fide.


The mission of the International Journal of Doctoral Studies (IJDS) is to provide readers worldwide with high quality peer-reviewed scholarly articles spanning the wide variety of issues in doctoral studies. The editorial objective of IJDS is to inform all those involved with doctoral education regardless of specific discipline. IJDS articles discuss issues such as (but not limited to) the following: doctoral supervision, doctoral dissertation and/or research, the nature and future of doctoral programs, doctoral program design, experiences in doctoral programs, attrition and persistence in doctoral programs, doctoral qualifiers and examinations, doctoral program accreditation, copyright and intellectual properties in doctoral research, climate and support for doctoral study, career path and employment of doctoral graduates, as well as research and publication issues in academia.

IJDS especially encourages publications authored by faculty members and/or academic administrators who actively supervise doctoral students, teach doctoral courses, and/or oversee doctoral programs. Joint publications between faculty members and their doctoral students are also encouraged.

While IJDS is principally an interdisciplinary forum that publishes high quality articles on theory, practice, innovation, and research covering any aspect of doctoral studies, book reviews are also welcome. Authors may use bodies of knowledge from diverse fields of research. However, IJDS is not a general outlet for doctoral students who wish to publish their doctoral research, unless their doctoral research is related to investigation of the issues indicated above. IJDS provides those who submit manuscripts for publication with useful, timely feedback by making the review process constructive. IJDS is the most authoritative interdisciplinary journal on doctoral studies.

We have placed a copy of the Informing Science Institute Policy on Professional Ethics here.

Message from the Editor in Chief

IJDS is a vehicle for doctoral educators, administrators and students to share research, knowledge and experience on subjects and issues resonant with doctoral students and their developmental journey.

Submissions may include discussions on tools and techniques which may assist students in their understanding of the doctoral process, and similarly, experiences and revelations which may assist faculty in their administration of the doctoral process and management of doctoral students.

Previous topics published include the following:

  •  Institutional support practices and school leadership
  •  Progress of students through their doctorate
  •  PhD Research culture including: communities of practice and inquiry; discussions on discourse and diffusion;
         research ecology; and, reflective practice
  •  Supervisor Responsibilities: (including mentoring)
  •  Issues around academic writing
  •  Attrition and/or persistence in the PhD program
  •  Students feelings and experiences with Isolation, integration and socialisation
  •  The student experience and the PhD journey
  •  Mode of Study including: Professional Doctorate; by publication; monograph; Part/Full time study
  •  Publication Issues: (journal selection/submission; publishing process)
  •  Research design issues: theory and/or method selection
  •  Motives for doctoral study
  •  Issues around student rights and equity
  •  Admission into doctoral programmes
  •  Language issues includng: ESL and Linguistics)
  •  Doctoral program design issues

 Reviews of books relevant to Doctoral Studies are also welcome.

Michael Jones
Online ISSN: 1556-8873   Print ISSN: 1556-8881