From the Editors
As we finish out our first year as coeditors, we would like to thank JIAEE contributors, reviewers, and editorial board members for their support over the past year. Over the past couple years there have been approximately 200 submissions to JIAEE. Over 300 reviews have been conducted by JIAEE reviewers. Forty-four reviewers from nine countries reviewed an approximate average of five papers each over the past year. We are constantly seeking to expand the reviewer pool; both in terms of numbers of people and countries represented. We hope that when called upon to review a paper you will gladly accept the task. The acceptance rate for the year 2008 (Volume 15) is 20%; for 2007 (Volume 14) it was 18%; for 2006 (Volume 13) it was 25%.
Carrying out the business of JIAEE has been extremely rewarding for us; both personally and professionally. Gary Wingenbach was very helpful is getting us started and remains, as past editor, an integral part of the team. Jovonna Ivester, Administrative Assistant, at Texas A&M University has also contributed a great deal towards keeping the Journal moving forward.
In this issue you will find an excellent article from Gary Wingenbach titled “Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education Scholarship: Passport to the World.” We strongly encourage you to read this insightful article and think about how you can help AIAEE “adapt, adopt, or create its own international research agenda.” Reading the current issue of “The Informer” Gary writes that “AIAEE needs your help” with moving the association forward. We echo his sentiments and note JIAEE also needs your help in moving forward.
This issue is the last issue that we are coeditors of the Journal. As you may recall in volume 15(1), we outlined a plan for sustainability that included restructuring JIAEE to divide the duties of the Editor into an Executive Editor and a Managing Editor. The Executive Editor will set the overall standards for publishing including all post acceptance duties; the Managing Editor will handle duties related to manuscript submissions and review.
We hope you enjoy this issue of JIAEE that includes excellent articles that contribute to the Journal’s mission to enhance the research and knowledge base of agricultural and extension education from an international perspective.
James R. Lindner and Kim E. Dooley, Editors
Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education