PDIE journal

Professional Development in Education is a fully refereed international journal that publishes original contributions on the subject of continuing professional learning and development (PLD) in its widest sense, including: initial preparation as it affects induction; mentoring and coaching; professional learning; management and leadership of PLD; the analysis of local, regional and national policies relating to PLD; and the work of Higher Education and other agencies in supporting and promoting PLD. Contributions comprise scholarly discussion of related concepts and theories, emerging issues, empirical research, and contribution to the debate on continuing professional learning and development. Although the main focus of articles in the journal is likely to be teacher education, we welcome contributions which discuss the policy and practice of PLD in other professions where the focus of the article is professional learning and development.

The Award

The Professional Development in Education Best Paper Award acknowledges and celebrates well-written papers that make a significant contribution to their field. The 2017 award will be presented to the author(s) at the IPDA annual conference. For consideration for the award, the paper must have a strong focus on issues associated with professional learning and/or development.

The Prize

The prize shall be £100. In the event that there are multiple authors, the cash prize shall be divided equally among all authors. Additionally, the winning author(s) will be invited to submit their paper to the journal for review and consideration for publication.

Current Award

The PDiE best paper award at the 2016 IPDA conference has been made to Professor Linda Evans, University of Manchester, for ‘Implicit’ and informal professional development: what it ‘looks like’, how it occurs, and why we need to research it.

Entry Conditions

The Paper:

  • Must have been accepted for inclusion in the IPDA 2017 programme.
  • Must be submitted by the deadline date of 31 October, in advance of IPDA 2017.
  • Must not have been published previously or have been accepted or be under consideration for publication elsewhere.
  • Must not exceed the normal word length for articles in Professional Development in Education (i.e. should not exceed 7,500 words).

The Authors

  • Must present an oral version of the paper at IPDA 2017.
  • Agree to consideration of the paper for publication in Professional Development in Education if awarded the prize (subject to the journal’s and publisher’s standard conditions)


  • The judges will be the Managing Editors of Professional Development in Education.
  • Judging will be based on the latest version of the complete paper submitted by 1700 GMT 31 October 2017.
  • The prize-winner will be announced at the IPDA 2017 Conference.
  • The judges reserve the right not to present the award and will not enter into correspondence about their decisions.


The papers shall be evaluated using the following criteria:

  1. Academic and Professional Merit
    (a) Creativity and originality, as reflected in new data, interpretations, facts, innovations, methods, applications, etc.
  2. Contribution
    (a) Scientific/technical significance of the topic or problem investigated (urgency, impact, etc.);
    (b) Relevance of the topic or problem;
    (c) Usefulness of the paper to practising professionals (applicability, timeliness, scope, problem-solving value, etc.)
  3. Presentation Quality
    (a) Readability, effective organization and presentation of concepts, facts, arguments, etc. (structure, logic, persuasiveness, etc.);
    (b) Use of clear, concise, comprehensible, and jargon-free language (ease and pleasure of reading); and
    (c) Adherence to “Instructions for authors” found in the PDiE web site.