Performance Improvement JournalYou are invited to submit your paper for possible inclusion in a special issue of Performance Improvement journal (ISSN 1090-8811) published by the International Society for Performance Improvement. Performance Improvement journal is dedicated to practitioners of human performance technology (HPT). The journal offers updates on trends, reviews, and field viewpoints and deals with all types of interventions and all phases of the HPT process.

In the September 2010 issue of Performance Improvement, Danny Langdon issued a provocative challenge to readers. He stated that if we want HPT to become a true science, we must adopt a universal model of performance as the cornerstone of our technology. A commonly understood and applied model that works in any organization would both increase our ability to understand and improve performance and differentiate us from the many other groups that claim to improve performance. Mr. Langdon presented his Language of Work model (LOW) as a candidate for this universal model. He invited us–the members of the International Society for Performance Improvement– to put our stake in the ground regarding our support for a standard performance model and either accept LOW as the definitive model or recommend the adoption of another model. This special issue is a response to that challenge. We invite you to write an article or a commentary explaining your point of view in response to the focal article written by the guest editor of the special issue, Anne Marrelli. This focal article is summarized in this issue of PerformanceXpress and will also appear in the October issue of Performance Improvement. The purpose of the article is to encourage dialog among HPT practitioners and academics on the adoption of a universal model of human performance. To obtain a copy of Danny Langdon’s article, Mind the Performance, contact

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the PI journal editor, Holly Burkett (, guest editor Anne Marrelli (, or John Chen, publications manager ( If you are interested in contributing a journal article to this special issue, please submit your full manuscript by email to no later than May 15, 2011. The author guidelines are available online at

Special Issue Theme
A Universal Performance Model for Human Performance Technology

Important Dates:
Article submissions due to guest editor: May 15, 2011
Guest editor’s approval date: May 25, 2011
Manuscripts returned to authors with editors’ feedback: May 31, 2011
Final manuscripts submitted to ISPI: June 6, 2011
Proofs sent to authors: June 12, 2011
Issue publication: October 2011

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. The PI journal’s editor will review all submissions.

Accepted manuscripts will be edited for style and the references checked. Articles are indexed in ABI/INFORM, Current Abstracts (EBSCO), ERIC Database (Education Resources Information Center), Proquest 5000 (ProQuest), Proquest Education Journals 9ProQuest), and Proquest Research Library (ProQuest).

Accepted manuscripts not published in the special issue of Performance Improvement will be published in subsequent issues of the journal.