ISSN 1443-1475

Shannon Research Press is proud to publish the esteemed online journal,  the International Education Journal.

During 1999 the Flinders University Institute of International Education made arrangements with Shannon Research Press, to have an electronic site hosted within the Flinders University Institute of International Education. As part of this arrangement the Institute was able to make the contents of the journal available free of charge in electronic format.

Accordingly, the International Education Journal has been assessed by the Australian Department of Education, Science and Training as satisfying the refereeing requirements for the Higher Education Research Data Collection. So, articles published by authors from Australian Universities are counted towards the allocation of research funding.

IEJ is an open-access, quarterly, peer-reviewed, full text, journal that broadly encompassed research and review articles, where, education is interpreted in a wide manner and includes human development, learning, school education, formal and informal education, tertiary and vocational education, industry training and lifelong learning.

The aim of the International Education Journal is to publish articles that possess one or more of the following characteristics or qualities.

  1. The presentation of substantive findings that are of importance for policy and practice beyond the country in which the research was conducted.
  2. The integration of education with academic disciplines such as anthropology, demography, economics, history, law, linguistics, philosophy, political science, psychology and sociology, or examines educational issues from the perspective of the disciplines or investigates issues at the interface between education and one or more of these disciplines.
  3. The examination of educational issues from a cross-cultural or indigenous people's perspective.
  4. The evaluation of educational policy or programs or the use of information technology of cross- national interest and significance.
  5. The employment of advanced research methods and measurement procedures which are clearly explained.
  6. The presentation of empirically or analytically based investigations of theory, models or conceptual frame works in the field of education.
  7. The syntheses of research findings from comparative and cross-national studies in education.
While the Journal is accessed mainly in electronic online form, via PDF download, a limited number of hardcopies are produced for cataloguing purposes. The whole of each issue can be downloaded, printed and bound if individuals want a hard copy.

A complete listing of Volumes and articles is available from the IEJ web site: http://iej.cjb.net

A brief history of IEJ

In 1999, when IEJ was launched with its first December issue, the most that was hoped for was to have sufficient interest to complete the first volume. Prospective authors did submit their articles and the next two issues went online, in July and December of 2000. Among the first of our esteemed contributors were, Colin Power, John Ainley, Phillip McKenzie, Faith Trent and of course, John Keeves.

 

During 2001, IEJ embarked upon several further challenges, in addition to the tri-annual issues. In November, IEJ was proud to support and publish the Proceedings of the Educational Research Conference 2001, conducted at the School of Education, Flinders University. This publication was a first for the conference in its four-year history. The interactive, cross-platform CD-ROM, produced as a Special issue, presented nearly 30 conference papers and included the first two volumes of IEJ. Another Special issue was created from the Proceedings of Commission 6 of the 11th World Council of Comparative Education Societies (WCCES). The international organisation brings together comparative education societies worldwide and is an NGO in Operational Relations with UNESCO.

The success continued during 2002 with the publication of the three standard issues in addition to two special conference issues and established IEJ as a credible journal promoting international research and scholarship. With an eye for quality rather than quantity for the 2002 Educational Research Conference, the proceedings were not released on CD-ROM, but went straight to online distribution as a special conference issue of the IEJ, 3(4). Those papers that were accepted and revised in time for the conference were published in full as downloadable PDF files. In all, six of the highest quality papers were selected for this special edition, which would not have been possible without the dedication of the IEJ Guest Editor, Professor Mike Lawson. Similarly, the success of the publication of the special WCCES issue of the International Education Journal, in 2001, resulted in a collection of papers summarised under the theme of “Japanese Education in Transition” to form another special issue of IEJ, 3(5). The quality of these papers and integrity of the volume as a whole, resulted from the dedicated editorial work of Bob Teasdale and David Blake Willis, Guest Editors of this milestone issue.

The growing interest in IEJ over the three years saw a substantial increase in both the number of visitors and the number of articles submitted for consideration. With an average of 25 visits per day the hit counter clocked our 14000 visitor. The increasing demand from hopeful authors forced IEJ to reconsider its operations and to implement new strategies. With 20 to 30 articles in circulation at any one time, more authors equated to more questions and more emails so an additional facility was developed and trialled. The IEJ Tracker was born. This online facility allowed authors to know at any time and from anywhere, at what stage their article was in the review process. Furthermore, it allows the IEJ team to know whether an article has been residing on reviewers or the Chief Editors desk for a little too long. Only the occasional email pertaining to article status is received and is testimony to the success of the document tracker.

 

Proud to stand by its reputation as a truly international education journal and in response to the growing diversity of locations that articles either pertained to or the authors originated from (at last count, over 40), a new and attractive interactive facility on the IEJ web site was developed during 2003. To best display and access articles by location, just select the country of interest from the appropriate regional menu and click on the button to view the relevant list of articles.

In addition to the quarterly issues, IEJ was proud to offer its continued support to the Educational Research Conference held at Flinders University in November 2003, and has published the Proceedings as Special Issue August 2004.

What was truly astounding during 2003 was the exponential growth of IEJ, both in terms of the number of hits, with some 10,000 visitors over the year, and the number of submissions, with around 90 articles in varying stages of review.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Events in 2004: Location. Location. Location! Whether it's a shop front, the phone book or on the web, success is all about location. If you want to be seen, you need to be prominent. And this is precisely where IEJ is when it comes to searching the web using Google.com, the most popular search engine available. Type in IEJ and we land at the top of the list of about 123,000 sites, or use the words international education journal in any order and out of over 12 and a half million (yes, million) results, we still come first. Now that's location!

Not to mention our inclusion in notable indexing services and directories of open-access journals that, like IEJ, make refereed work freely available on a global scale. These include, the Australian Education Index (AEI), Australian Public Intellectual Network (API), National Library of Australia (Australian Journals On Line, AJOL), Australian Council of Education Research (ACER), VOCED (produced by NCVER for UNESCO), Yahoo Education Directory, New Zealands LeadSpace, ELDIS, American Educational Research Association (AERA-SIG), NewJourn, and the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), in addition to numerous university libraries and government institutions. We've even been reviewed in TOJDE the Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education.

Double or nothing… Clearly, all this exposure has had an impact on the annual intake of articles submitted in the six adventurous years of IEJ, which now totals over 300 submissions. With a doubling of the number of articles received by IEJ in 2004 we can only wonder at what 2005 will bring. What has also astoundingly doubled in the last year is the number of visitors to IEJ. The 50,000th visitor was clocked during December, twice as many as the same time last year. Projections anticipate our 100,000th visitor in 2005.

It's no wonder then that we are looking to expand our standard issues by a massive 400 per cent, from 15 articles in the first volume, to a projected 60 articles in 2005, and these figures do not even include articles published in the Special issues. In addition to the regular issues, IEJ was proud to offer its continued support to the Educational Research Conference held at Flinders University in November 2003, with the publication of 18 articles presented at the conference as a Special issue, in August 2004.

Don't forget DEST points = $$$ Just in case you didn't know, IEJ also satisfies DEST (Australian Department of Education, Science and Training) refereeing requirements for HERDC (Higher Education Research Data Collection). So, articles published by authors from Australian Universities are counted towards the allocation of research funding.