Special Issue - COVID-19 - Call for Contributions EXTENDED DEADLINE, 26 OCTOBER 2020


We are delighted to announce the Editorial Team for the Special COVID-19 Issue of the journal. The team is led by Dr Linda Martindale and her colleagues Dr Stella Howden and Prof Maggie Bartlett (University of Dundee) and Alison Jones (Kingston and St George’s University).

Call for expressions of interest for a special edition: Rising to the challenge: policy, practice and partnership in practice-based learning during the COVID-19 pandemic 

Health and social care have been particularly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact will continue to change ways of working in health and care settings well into the future. The practice learning environment has seen rapid and widespread adaptation and change, with many anecdotal examples of innovative and ground-breaking practice evident. We are inviting submissions for a special edition of the International Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care that will explore innovations and experiences in practice-based learning during the pandemic. All submissions should focus on practice oriented educational activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. It is anticipated that the special issue will include research-based, evaluation and reflective submissions that capture creativity and practice development. For more about the journal see: http://e-learning.coventry.ac.uk/ojs/index.php/pblh/index. 

The main themes for the special edition will be: 

  • • Policy perspectives on practice-based learning during the pandemic, including work between health and care organisations, government and higher education 
  • • Novel and innovative approaches to practice-based learning that could help to inform future practice 
  • • Student and educator perspectives of practice-based learning during COVID-19, including collaborative, partnership and alternative ways of working 


The special issue will seek to reflect the spectrum of experiences and activities across disciplines and diverse geographical and health and care settings. 

The special edition will include the following types of articles: 

Research, evaluative or conceptual articles will be up to a maximum of 4000 words and should present original research, evaluation or theoretical work. A common structure for these is introduction, background, research design, findings / results, discussion and conclusion, but this is flexible depending on the article. 

Reflective or discussion pieces should be no longer than 1500 words and give a reflective or discursive narrative that explores one of the themes listed above. 

Masterclasses or innovative practice case studies may be up to 4000 words and should include introduction, background literature, methodology/principles, discussion, conclusion and messages. Masterclasses and case studies will present expert detailed guidance related to one of the themes, demonstrating depth of understanding, rigour and originality 

We are inviting expressions of interest to submit an article by Monday October 26th. Expressions of interest should be no more than 300 words and include: overview of the article, including: impact on practice; link to the COVID-19 pandemic; and the theme the work aligns to (see above); type of article (see above); professional group. Please submit expressions of interest to Covid-special-issue@dundee.ac.uk . 


  • • Expressions of interest: 26 October 2020 
  • • Outcome of review of expressions of interest: 30 October 2020 
  • • Closing date for submission of papers: 18 January 2021 
  • • Peer review process completed: 30th April 2021 
  • • All papers finalised: 31st July 2021 
  • • Anticipated date of publication: December 2021 


Any work submitted for publication should be original and not have been published or be under review elsewhere. All abstracts will be reviewed by the editorial team and full articles will be double blind peer reviewed. Following review, all articles will receive feedback and those accepted for publication will be given a deadline for making final edits. Additionally the editorial team may make minor changes prior to publication. 

High quality articles that are not accepted for the special edition may be accepted for publication in a regular publication of the International Journal of Practice-based Learning in Health and Social Care, at the discretion of the journal’s editorial board.