From the Executive Editor
Reflection on Change
Think about all the idiomatic expressions dealing with change. When we want to have people do things in a new way we might say “out with the old, in with the new.” Whenever we want new viewpoints on an issue we may want to “see things from a different angle.” If we want to start over we express “go back to square one.” We can exclaim that “change is good” or that we’ve had a “change of heart.”
In AIAEE, we want to “stay on the cutting edge” and be “agents of change.” According to Everett Rogers (2003), “a change agent is an individual who influences clients’ innovation-decisions in a direction deemed desirable” (p. 27). Last year at our annual conference we deemed a desirable direction for JIAEE to be more economical in our publishing and distribution. As a result, we are now exclusively using an electronic publishing system on our webpage domain: http://www.aiaee.org. The current volume is password protected; however, current members and library subscribers are able to view current issues with a registered email address and login. All of our past issues are freely available to the public.
The time has come. This is the last “print on demand” version of the journal for hard copy distribution. You may notice that this issue has a new “look and feel” that will make it easier to read and print via the webpage. Subscriptions run from January 1 – December 31 with renewals easily processed online at http://www.aiaee.org/subscribe.html.
We are also updating our submission guidelines and updating our citation index to the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 6th edition beginning with Volume 18. You may have noticed that we started using Digital Object Identifiers (DOI) with Volume 17 and plan to continue that nomenclature on all past issues. The current volume has the DOI numbers registered with CrossRef (an electronic database system). I hope you like the changes.
At times we may feel that technology is outpacing our ability to manage it. However, it was Machiavelli (1494) who stated, “[t]he times are more powerful than our brains.” We have always been an organization that is inclusive and innovative, and we will continue to carefully consider the best practices in our discipline, and for distributing new knowledge to our readers.
Dr. Kim E. Dooley, Executive Editor
Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education