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The bad news part of Table 1 is the number of 2009 receivals that are "pending", that is, articles awaiting an editorial or an external review. This number is approaching an end of year peak, repeating an annual pattern that has occurred for a number of years. As explained in cautious words in AJET Editorial 25(2) just six months ago:
After a difficult period due to review and publishing commitments to ascilite Melbourne 2008  and the reduced availability of reviewers during the traditional holidays period, we regret that we are a little outside our desired benchmark of three months maximum for AJET's review process. The core of the AJET review process problem is that the "review and publishing commitments" undertaken for the Conferences by AJET's Production Editor have grown rather substantially over the years in question (Singapore '07, Melbourne '08 and Auckland '09). A conference series that is on a successful growth path generates more work each year, inevitably and inexorably . Although the "review and publishing commitments" that supported this series during 2007-2009 have been a joint contribution with Clare McBeath in the two person team, the ascilite Conference workload has grown to such an extent that the time has come for us to pass that baton to a new generation of volunteers, with an increase in team size becoming overdue!
Withdrawing the Production Editor from ascilite Conference duties will enable AJET to avoid the annual "blow out" in review process times that has occurred during the months of August to November, the peak time for the Conference's review and publishing duties. AJET's prospective authors, often left waiting patiently for a four month or sometimes five to six month "turnaround" on their submissions, will obtain a much improved service and support through 2010. The goal is a consistent attainment of "our desired benchmark of three months maximum for AJET's review process" , whilst also moving on towards six issues per year and better uniformity in the spacing of issue dates.
From time to time we consider the adoption of software support for AJET's review process, for example MyReview  as used for ascilite Singapore '07, Melbourne '08 and Auckland '09, or the PKP's Open Journal Systems . However, AJET's number of submissions is relatively small, being under 200 per year, compared with the ascilite Conference's "deluge", receiving over 200 concentrated into only 4-6 weeks . With AJET, adopting review system software would not change the times required for the most labour intensive steps, which include reading each submission, inviting appropriate reviewers, composing replies to authors, etc. Other factors are that reviewers and authors appreciate dealing with an editor, a real person rather than a software system, and the personalised approach helps to differentiate AJET from its competitor journals.
In conjunction with overcoming the August-December 2009 backlog, AJET's key priority in 2010 will be restarting the stalled process for recruiting and inducting a number of Associate Editors to share the work that constitutes the "most labour intensive steps". Started some two years ago, our search will resume after ascilite Auckland 2009, to assemble a small team of volunteers. A small team will suffice, we do not need to get into the large numbers serving some of our Australian peers, for example Higher Education Research and Development has 2 Editors and 20 Associate Editors, plus Editors for special issues and book reviews , and the Australian Educational Researcher has 19 persons in an 'Editorial Team' plus 4 'Advisory Editors' for production support .
We (and other academic societies, see a short list in the cc below) would very much appreciate receiving advice about ERA's intentions in the area of ranking of refereed conference publications, and the relativities between journal and conference proceedings publication. We would be happy to publish this advice, or URLs for it, in our Editorials and other communications to members. The core part of the ARC/ERA's reply  dated 29 October is the paragraph:
There is no relative weighting placed on articles published in journals, books, book chapters or conferences. The Research Evaluation Committee will consider the range of outputs and the quality of research for the field of research code for the institution. This restates the staus quo, without giving any guidance on future intentions. In relation to members' concerns about "... shall I submit my research paper to AJET, or to ascilite Auckland 2009? ..." , we will have to await developments!
Roger Atkinson and Catherine McLoughlin
AJET Production Editor and AJET Editor
in AJET 25(5)
Same places, different spaces
Auckland, 6-9 December 2009
Macquarie University, 3-4 December 2009
Melbourne, 6-9 April 2010 http://acec2010.info/
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The Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (AJET) is a refereed research journal published 5-6 times per year by the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ascilite). AJET retired its printed version (ISSN 1449-3098) at the end of Volume 23, 2007, and from Volume 24, 2008, the journal is open access, online only (ISSN 1449-5554), and does not have paid subscriptions.
© 2008 Authors retain copyright in their individual articles, whilst copyright in AJET as a compilation is retained by the publisher. Except for authors reproducing their own articles, no part of this journal may be reprinted or reproduced without permission. For further details, and for details on submission of manuscripts and open access to all issues of AJET published since the journal's foundation in 1985, 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: Catherine.McLoughlin@acu.edu.au, Tel: +61 2 6209 1100 Fax +61 2 6209 1185.
For review process, production and business matters, contact the Production Editor and Business Manager, Dr Roger Atkinson, 5/202 Coode Street, Como WA 6152, Australia. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: +61 8 9367 1133. Desktop publishing (PDF versions) and HTML by Roger Atkinson.
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