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Australian clinical and public-health research is an emblem of excellence across the Asia-Pacific region. That enviable position is being put at risk by Prime Minister John Howard's indifference to the academic medical community and his profound intolerance to those less secure than himself and his administration. Well, The Lancet can do that and get away with it, being a journal with great seniority and prestige on its side (plus high expertise): 'The Lancet first appeared on Oct 5, 1823.' AJET, junior by 162 years, cannot fire such a remarkable broadside, but, just like Prime Minister John Howard, and unlike The Lancet, we do have to be concerned about our 'popularity', in our case with authors and readers. Now the word 'popularity' is not usual in scholarly publishing. We use more complex paradigms, such as the 'Impact Factor®', a Thomson ISI product . For example, The Lancet proclaims an Impact Factor of 23.88 , whilst AJET does not have an Impact Factor, because we have not made it into the relevant Thomson product, Social Sciences Citation Index®  (hereinafter, let's omit the ®, it's an affectation). However, soon AJET will join BJET, 2005 IF 0.593 , ETR&D, 2004 IF 0.200 , and JETS, 2005 IF 0.267  in the IF 'stakes'.
On 18 April 2007 we received this advice from a Thomson ISI Editor:
I am happy to inform you that the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology has been selected for coverage in the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI). Indexing of this title is scheduled to begin later in 2007.We were pleased with that news, especially as we were on the point of cancelling the mailing of complimentary copies to Thomson ISI's offices in Philadelphia. Our first submission to their journal selection process  was dated 4 June 2004. For nearly three years, we received no response. Our last letter ('real' letter, not email) to Thomson ISI, dated 29 March 2007, included a paragraph referring politely to the length of the process:
After three years and the despatch of 11 issues (plus 23(1) despatched a few days ago), I am wondering whether you are able to provide any advice concerning AJET? Advice on whether to continue AJET despatches to you would be appreciated.However, we also promote AJET and monitor its progress with other providers of citation counts, Thomson ISI's competitors Scopus  (AJET coverage applied for) and Google Scholar . Owing to different coverages of journals, citation counts differ (see, for example, Marinova, 2006 ), and therefore it is important for editors to monitor progress with all databases. Perhaps, just like practitioners in a more prominent and newsworthy sector of the Australian community (in an election year), we editors may be able to 'talk up' the citation count provider whose data makes our journal look good, whilst ignoring the others! Below, we present some preliminary investigations in Idle Moment 17.
1. Subscription rates. The proposed new rates, to apply in 2008 and to any new 2007 subscriptions are :
2. Expanded editorial team
Committee endorsed outline specifications and a proposed process to 'head hunt' for one or two honorary Associate Editors.
Their duty statements will be to recruit reviewers, advise reviewers, write editorial reject reviews, and write review process advice to authors, in collaboration with the Editor and Production Editor. We will be able to offer the new appointees a developmental, mentored environment. They may be asked to undertake the equivalent of 2-3 days per month total commitment of time. They should have relevant educational research experience and publications in areas represented in AJET and ascilite Conference Proceedings. They must have strongly positive attitudes towards "an encouraging and supportive view of the editorial role." (see, for example, the attitudes outlined in ) They must supply their own desktop computer and a broadband Internet connection, either via their employer's premises or their own home office. Library access is desirable but not essential. We feel that it is appropriate to specify membership of ascilite as a prerequisite and we propose to confine the public 'head hunt' to ascilite's membership, for example via ascilite's emailing list. Membership in kindred professional societies is desirable but not essential. It may be possible to recruit a retired member with considerable experience to one position, and a younger, relatively inexperienced member to the other.3. Merger with IJET (International Journal of Educational Technology)
4. Including AJET in EBSCO Publishing databases
Committee approved this proposal. In due course AJET articles will appear in EBSCO  products such as Education Research Index and Education Research Complete . The benefit is an additional avenue for educational researchers to find AJET articles, at least for those whose libraries subscribe to EBSCO products. We are very aware that we have to improve AJET's 'findability' via the traditional abstracting and indexing services produced by EBSCO, T&F and others. It's not sufficient to rely upon Google  and library catalogue listings alone. However, as an open access journal we do not require the pay per view facility that EBSCO includes with its database products.
ext review (b)
Instead of spending hours at the library or on the library's websiteTable 2 lists some illustrative examples of alerts provided by email and RSS feeds. Some publishers provide alerts using both methods. For a clear and succinct description of RSS from a journal publisher's perspective, see 'RSS for Beginners' by Terry Anderson . Of the examples in Table 1, IRRODL may provide the most useful model for further study by AJET: small scale, open access, uses both email and RSS, and Keeps It Simple.
to scan the latest journals, here are rss feeds you can use to track
the latest articles in your rss reader like bloglines:
|Name of service|
or title of page
|BJET ||Sign up for E-Tocs||http://www.blackwell-synergy.com/action/doUpdateAlertSettings|
|ETR&D ||Table of Contents Alert||
|HERD ||My Alerts||http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/controlpanel~mode=alerts|
|AACE ||Table of Contents Alert Service Signup||http://www.editlib.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=Reader.EditTOCPreferences|
|Ingenta ||Receiving email alerts||http://www.ingentaconnect.com/about/researchers/receiving_email_alerts|
|RSS||Innovate ||The Innovate RSS Feed||http://www.innovateonline.info/index.php?view=rss|
|Educause ||Syndicate Resource Center Content||http://www.educause.edu/Syndicate/1586|
|Ingenta ||Subscribing to RSS feeds||http://www.ingentaconnect.com/about/researchers/subscribing_to_rss_feeds|
|IRRODL ||RSS for Beginners||http://www.irrodl.org/miscfiles/rss.html|
|Average no. cits|
|BJET  2005||59||225||3.81||0.593 |
|HERD  2005||23||53||2.30||-|
|JETS  2005||66||78||1.18||0.267 |
Date: Mon, 5 Mar 2007 13:55:00 +0800We check Journals Indexed in ERIC  occasionally, and we wonder whether during November 2007 we may have to 'recycle' the email quoted above. Maybe changing "Six years..." to "Seven long years..."?
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Roger Atkinson)
Subject: Australasian Journal of Educational Technology
Dear ERIC person,
For over six years I have tried to obtain a response from ERIC on the
matter of including AJET in "Journals Indexed in ERIC":
Australasian Journal of Educational Technology
ISSN 1449-3098 (print) 1449-5554 (online)
Some extracts from the correspondence are copied in below. Six years is quite a long time to be waiting!
Would you please advise?
Roger Atkinson and Catherine McLoughlin
AJET Production Editor and AJET Editor
in AJET 23(2)
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The Australasian Journal of Educational Technology is a refereed research journal published four times per year by the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE). Members of ASCILITE receive AJET as a part of their membership benefits.
For details on submission of manuscripts, subscriptions and access to the AJET online archives, please see http://www.ascilite.org.au/ajet/
For editorial inquiries, contact the Editor, Associate Professor Catherine McLoughlin, School of Education (ACT), Australian Catholic University, PO Box 256, Dickson ACT 2602, Australia. Email: C.McLoughlin@signadou.acu.edu.au, Tel: +61 2 6209 1100 Fax +61 2 6209 1185. For review process, production matters and subscriptions contact the Production Editor and Business Manager, Dr Roger Atkinson, 5/202 Coode Street, Como WA 6152, Australia. Email: email@example.com, Tel: +61 8 9367 1133.
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