Dear authors, reviewers and readers of Current Issues in Education:
On behalf of the 2013 CIE editorial team, we want to thank you all for contributing to an outstanding publication year in 2012. The purpose of this highlights report is to thank all of the people who make our publication possible and to share some of CIE's process and publication information from 2012.
As we transition into the 2013 publication year and prepare to open Volume 16, Issue 1, we would like to acknowledge the hard work and collaborative efforts that make CIE possible. We therefore extend thanks and appreciation to all of the authors, reviewers, readers, graduate staff, faculty and support service personnel who contribute their time, expertise, generosity, and consideration to all of us here at CIE. At the end of this report, we’ve included a full list of internal staff and external reviewers who have served CIE throughout the year. We are indebted to their service and are extremely thankful for their outstanding support.
Here are some highlights from 2012:
This year, several members of the Executive staff represented CIE at AERA’s Journal Talks in Vancouver (April 2012). CIE will return to AERA and Journal Talks in the spring of 2013 in San Francisco. We’ve found that Journal Talks provides a fantastic opportunity to commence discussion with authors, potential reviewers, and the editors of other scholarly, peer reviewed journals. Journal Talks is also a great space in which to discuss the benefits of publishing in and reviewing manuscripts for open access journals like CIE.
Over the course of this past year, we have increased our number of registered users by 554 subscribers, and we now have over 2,200 subscribers total. We have also greatly increased the number of reviewers who volunteer to serve in the blind peer review process.
Registration and reviewer counts provide just one way for us to gauge the growth of our visibility and publication as a whole. As a completely free, open access journal, anyone can browse, read, and download the articles published on the CIE website. Therein, we have begun to utilize Google Analytics to graph trends in terms of website access and readership.
Using Google Analytics, we have found:
· The CIE website received between 9,000 and 14,000 visitors per month this year, 83% of whom are unique visitors.
· Most of our readers are accessing the site in the United States. We also have readers in nations like the Philippines, India, Malaysia, the United Kingdom, Canada, Pakistan, Australia, Indonesia, Turkey, Kenya, Tunisia, Jamaica, China, Hong Kong, Nigeria, Germany, Thailand, and Greece.
CIE is now indexed in all of the following directories:
· Cabells Directory of Publishing Opportunities (Educational
Psychology and Administration)
· Directory of Open Access Journals
· Educational Research Abstracts Online
· Education Research Global Observatory
· Genamics JournalSeek
· H.W. Wilson
· SCImago Journal Ranking
· Ulrich’s Periodicals Dictionary
We will continue to work with indexing institutions to make our author’s work most accessible across scholarly indexes.
Our website received an update and a new look this year. We worked to increase the accessibility of our authors’ work and allow readers to download and read published articles on their mobile devices with ease. Since we adapted the website for mobile use in September of 2012, we’ve found that approximately 8% of our readers are accessing the site with mobile devices like smart phones and tablets.
Social media has helped us help attract readers, authors, and reviewers to CIE to share in the wide range of remarkable scholarship that we publish. With linking capabilities, we now share links to newly published CIE manuscripts and other important journal news via Twitter and our new Facebook and Academic.edu pages simultaneously.
Twitter—Follow us at: @CIE_ASU
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Academia.edu—Follow us at: http://asu.academia.edu/CurrentIssuesinEducationCIE
If you have not already done so, we invite and encourage you to register on CIE's website to join in our scholarly work in the 2013 academic year.
We plan to increase CIE's visibility further by continually sharing information about our journal with the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College community at ASU and by reaching out to academic education departments across the globe.
Time to Publication
With the hard work and support of our graduate staff and our dedicated peer reviewers, we are proud to share the following time to publication data from 2012:
· 5-10 day average for internal review
· 56 day average for blind peer review (from initial submission date to author contact with decision and reviewer feedback)
· 170 day average time to publication (from initial submission through blinded review, revisions, second review, authentications, copyediting, layout, proofreading, and publication)
Our short review time also reflects our efforts to welcome more peer reviewers to join us in the challenging and important work that we do at CIE. We will continue to reach out to potential peer reviewers who serve as faculty members at both national and international universities. If you are interested in serving as a peer reviewer for CIE in 2013, please register as a reviewer here.
The following data reflects information on publications, submissions, and acceptance rates for CIE in 2012:
· 218 manuscripts were received
· 61 are currently under review
· 34 manuscripts were published, reflecting the work of 61 authors from 41 universities
· 21.5% acceptance rate (down from 30% in 2011)
· We published 3 Issues in Volume 15 of CIE.
· We publish articles on a revolving basis and produce one volume per year and three issues per volume. Issue 15.1 spans the ASU Spring semester. Issue 15.2 spans the ASU summer months. Issue 15.3 spans the ASU Fall semester.
We thank you all again for your continued support of Current Issues in Education. We are looking forward to an outstanding 2013 publication year!
We have all of the following staff and reviewers to thank for their service in 2012:
2012 CIE STAFF
Dr. Gustavo Fischman
Melinda A. Hollis
Dr. Jeanne Powers
Rory O’Neill Schmitt
Andrew J. Thomas
2012 CIE REVIEWERS
Leticia Burbano de Lara
Leman Kaniturk Kose