Australasian Journal of Educational Technology
Guidelines for special issues
Special issues feature specifically aimed and targeted topics of interest contributed by authors responding to a particular Call for articles or by invitation, edited by a guest editor or editors. We encourage you to submit proposals for creating special issues in areas that are of interest to AJET. Preference will be given to proposals which cover some unique aspect of educational technology and proposals which include topics that are timely and useful to readers of AJET.
Clear indication of who will be the guest editor or joint editors of the proposed special issue is required, along with a brief description of their areas of expertise and an indication of why they would be suitable as guest editors. The editors should already have established credibility in the area to be covered by the special issue.
Current and previous special issues
- 2012, Volume 28: Building the ICT capacity of the next generation of teachers in Asia [published AJET 28(6)]
- 2012, Volume 28: Virtual worlds in tertiary education: An Australasian perspective [published AJET 28(3)]
- 2011, Volume 27: ICT for accessible, effective and efficient higher education: Experiences of Southeast Asia
[published AJET 27(8)]
- 2011, Volume 27: Assessing students' Web 2.0 activities in higher education [published AJET 27(5)]
- 2010, Volume 26: Learning technology and organisations: Transformational impact?
Jointly with Research in Learning Technology and Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks
Published, see [Contents Volume 26, Special Issue, Number 8, 2010] for details.
- 2010, Volume 26: Interactive whiteboards: An Australasian perspective [published AJET 26(4)]
- 2003, Volume 19: Technology supported learning communities [published AJET 19(2)]
- 2002, Volume 18: Learning centred evaluation [published AJET 18(2)]
Editorial note: Please forgive us for forgetting that the inaugural AJET special issue
was in 2002, and that our 2010 special issue is "third", not "inaugural".
Submitting a proposal for a special issue
The following information should be included as part of the proposal submitted to the current editors:
Decisions on the acceptance of a proposal will be made by AJET's Editorial staff, with the assistance of recommendations which may be sought from members of AJET's Editorial Board who have appropriate familarity and expertise in the topics contained in the proposal.
- Proposed title for the special issue
- Description of the topic area to be focused upon, rationale and justification
- Review process for the selection and rejection of articles
- Name, contact, position, affiliation, and biography of the guest editors
- List of potential reviewers
- Tentative timetable for the call for articles and reviews
Roles and responsibilities
If a proposal is accepted, the guest editors will be responsible for:
- The lead guest editor will serve as the communication and correspondence conduit between the special issue editorial team and the AJET Production Editor.
- The guest editors are responsible for identifying and allocating reviewers for submitted articles, ensuring final manuscript word count remains within guideline constraints, and managing the review process.
- The guest editors will make all acceptance, rejection, revise and resubmit decisions. All decisions will be conveyed to the lead guest editor. However, if circumstances require, the Editor of AJET reserves the right to override a decision.
- Preparing the Call for articles to be published on AJET's web site.
- Distribution of the Call for articles broadly to various emailing lists and other avenues for dissemination.
- Getting submissions, and carrying out all correspondence with the authors. Authors should be informed about AJET's [Advice for authors]. In particular, AJET's policy on [Republication] is applicable.
- Supplying the AJET Editor and Production Editor with the completed and approved final versions of the articles, in MS Word .doc format, together with all authors' contact information.
- Writing an introductory editorial to be published at the beginning of the special issue.
Numbers of articles and length
A special issue of AJET is typically the same length as other issues of AJET, perhaps 6-10 articles, with each article 5000-8000 words in length. Smaller sized special issues may be published as a section within a regular issue of AJET.
The form of citation of special issue articles to be recommended to readers is:
Author1, Author2, ... (20YY). Title of article. In Editor1, Editor2, ... (Eds), Title of special issue. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, vol#(Special issue #), page#-page#. http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet/ajetVolNo/Author1.html
Editorial references to special issues
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