About the Journal
In 2006, the executive board of the Professional Aviation Board of Certification instituted the International Journal of Aviation Research (formerly the International Journal of Professional Aviation Training & Testing Research). The title betrays our primary interests; but within the scope of the journal there are many avenues through which you can publish scholarly works. Given the number of collegiate aviation programs, corporate training programs, Part 141 and 61 training options, Part 121 and 135 training requirements, and many other forms of professional aviation training, the PABC executive board felt that there might be a need to capture training and testing ideas that would not normally present outside their source.
PABC is not a training organization, but we are interested in training. PABC is not a curriculum development organization, but we are interested in how curriculum is created. We are a conduit for the best and brightest ideas in professional aviation training, and we wish to make these ideas available to everyone who needs them.
Focus and Scope
The scope of this journal is broad; in that, it encompasses all aspects of professional aviation training and all aspects of testing where psychomotor skills are concerned. It also incorporates scholarly work performed by persons worldwide within the scope of the journal. The purpose of the journal is two-fold. First, we welcome all scholarly work within the scope of our journal. Second, we welcome debate. Although the articles published in this journal are peer-reviewed, these articles are open to critique on a larger scale, as long as the critique is based on the subject at hand and not the author. Therefore, some articles will be presented as formal studies, and others will be presented as scholarly debate.
Peer Review Process
We perform a double-blind review process, where authors and reviewers are not known to each other. The review process starts with a quick review of the manuscript, ensuring the subject is within the scope of the journal. Next, three to five reviewers, within the same area of inquiry, are invited to review the manuscript. We use two types of evaluation, when determining if a manuscript is ready for publication. The first evaluation asks the reviewer to determine if the contents add to the greater body of information or provide new theory or new methodology for continued study. The second evaluation is a systematic evaluation of each part of the manuscript, such as title, purpose, method, results, and conclusion. At the end of both evaluations the reviewer is asked to select one of four possible outcomes: publish as is, publish with minor corrections, published with major corrections, or do not publish. Any outcome other than "publish as-is," will require the author or authors to perform an edit to the satisfaction of the Editor-in-Chief and to the satisfaction of the reviewer (based on editorial comment). All the reviewers who support this journal have themselves published and have earned the high esteem of their colleagues.
Manuscripts will be published as they are approved through the peer-review process. New issues of the journal will be open at the beginning of the calendar year and will close at the end of the calendar year.
Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.