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Research trends in instructional design and technology journals

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British Journal of Educational Technology Volume 50, Number 1, ISSN 0007-1013 e-ISSN 0007-1013 Publisher: Wiley


Using the online Scopus database, we retrieved all instructional design and technology (IDT) scholarship between 2007 and 2017 across 65 journals. In this paper, we analyzed the research and trends in this corpus of IDT scholarship and investigated the top cited papers, keywords, authors, publishing countries and publishing universities. We also analyzed the effect of collaboration on citation numbers as well as how journal citation metrics differ across databases (eg, Scopus, Google Scholar). The field of IDT is broad and diverse, and this paper plays an important role in providing a glance into the past to understand scholarship trends. Knowing our history can help us reassess where we should go moving forward as the field continues to grow in the 21st century.


Bodily, R., Leary, H. & West, R.E. (2019). Research trends in instructional design and technology journals. British Journal of Educational Technology, 50(1), 64-79. Wiley. Retrieved August 15, 2020 from .