International Journal of Game-Based Learning (IJGBL)
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International Journal of Game-Based Learning (IJGBL)

Editor-in-Chief: Patrick Felicia (Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland)
Indexed In: Web of Science Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), SCOPUS, PsycINFO®, INSPEC and 16 more indices
Published: Quarterly |Established: 2011
ISSN: 2155-6849|EISSN: 2155-6857|DOI: 10.4018/IJGBL
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The International Journal of Game-Based Learning (IJGBL) is devoted to the theoretical and empirical understanding of game-based learning. To achieve this aim, the journal publishes theoretical manuscripts, empirical studies, and literature reviews. The journal publishes this multidisciplinary research from fields that explore the cognitive and psychological aspects that underpin successful educational video games. The target audience of the journal is composed of professionals and researchers working in the fields of educational games development, e-learning, technology-enhanced education, multimedia, educational psychology, and information technology. IJGBL promotes an in-depth understanding of the multiple factors and challenges inherent to the design and integration of Game-Based Learning environments.

Topics Covered

  • Adaptive games design for game-based learning
  • Design of educational games for people with disabilities
  • Educational video games and learning management systems
  • Game design models and design patterns for game-based learning
  • Instructional design for game-based learning
  • Integration and deployment of video games in the classroom
  • Intelligent tutoring systems and game-based learning
  • Learning by designing and developing video games
  • Learning styles, behaviors and personalities in educational video games
  • Mobile development and augmented reality for game-based learning
  • Motivation, audio and emotions in educational video games
  • Role of instructors
  • Virtual worlds and game-based learning

Mission and Scope

The mission of the International Journal of Game-Based Learning (IJGBL) is to promote knowledge pertinent to the design of Game-Based Learning environments, and to provide relevant theoretical frameworks and the latest empirical research findings in the field of Game-Based Learning. The main goals of IJGBL are to identify, explain, and improve the interaction between learning outcomes and motivation in video games, and to promote best practices for the integration of video games in instructional settings. The journal is multidisciplinary and addresses cognitive, psychological and emotional aspects of Game-Based Learning. It discusses innovative and cost-effective Game-Based Learning solutions. It also provides students, researchers, instructors, and policymakers with valuable information in Game-Based Learning, and increases their understanding of the process of designing, developing and deploying successful educational games. IJGBL also identifies future directions in this new educational medium.

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Volume 11: 4 Issues (2021): 1 Released, 3 Forthcoming
Volume 10: 4 Issues (2020)
Volume 9: 4 Issues (2019)
Volume 8: 4 Issues (2018)
Volume 7: 4 Issues (2017)
Volume 6: 4 Issues (2016)
Volume 5: 4 Issues (2015)
Volume 4: 4 Issues (2014)
Volume 3: 4 Issues (2013)
Volume 2: 4 Issues (2012)
Volume 1: 4 Issues (2011)
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Editor(s)-in-Chief Biography

Patrick Felicia is a Lecturer, Researcher and Course Leader at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT). He works within the Department of Computing, Mathematics and Physics. Dr. Felicia earned his PhD in computer science from University College Cork. In WIT, his research and teaching is focused on the use of innovative and engaging educational experiences by combining Gaming Technology, Instructional Design and Educational Psychology. His research interests include Game-Based Learning, Technology-Enhanced Education and Adaptive Educational Systems. Dr. Felicia has presented and published internationally and has conducted several studies on the use and benefits of Game-Based Learning. Please feel free to visit his website at

Editorial Board

Associate Editors
Aaron Hung, University of Washington, United States
Christos Gatzidis, Bournemouth University, United Kingdom
Jan Klabbers, KMPC, Netherlands
Maja Pivec, University of Applied Sciences, Austria
Sara de Freitas, Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom
Stefan Goebel, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Thomas Connolly, University of the West of Scotland, United Kingdom ORCID
Wee Hoe Tan, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris, Malaysia ORCID
Wolfgang Bösche, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany
Editorial Review Board
Alexander Moseley, University of Leicester, United Kingdom
Andreea Molnar, Swinburne University of Technology, United Kingdom
Angeliki Antoniou, University of Peloponnese, Greece
Bruce Maxim, University of Michigan, United States ORCID
César García García, Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico
Claire Dormann, University of Ottawa, Canada
Clark Aldrich, Independent Simulation Consultant Ltd., United States
Crystle Martin, University of California, Irvine, United States
Elaine Raybourn, Sandia National Laboratories, United States
Eleni Rossiou, Experimental School of University of Thessaloniki, Greece
Hannah Marston, Open University, United Kingdom
Ian Schreiber, Independent Researcher, United States
Jantina Huizenga, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
Javier Elizondo, Pacific Resources for Education and Learning, United States
Jeneen Naji, Maynooth University, Ireland ORCID
Katie Piatt, University of Brighton, United Kingdom
Matthew Farber, University of Northern Colorado, United States ORCID
Melinda Jacobs, Subatomic, Germany ORCID
Michael Kickmeier-Rust, University of Graz, Austria
Nafisa Awwal, The University of Melbourne, Australia
Nor Azan Mat Zin, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, Malaysia ORCID
Osvaldo Jimenez, University of the Pacific, United States ORCID
Paul Hollins, The University of Bolton, United Kingdom
Richard Sandford, Futurelab, United Kingdom
Sonja Gabriel, Kirchliche Pädagogische Hochschule Wien/Krems, Austria ORCID
Therese Charles, University of Ulster, United Kingdom
Viktor Wendel, Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany


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