From the Executive Editor
I am pleased to publish the summer issue of JIAEE. Three feature articles were included with highlights of scholarly works presented at the World Conference 2011 in Windhoek, Namibia. If you were unable to join us for the conference, I hope you will enjoy reading the abstracts of papers presented and a list of the poster presentations. Award winners in various categories are also listed in this issue.
The theme for the conference this year was “Sustainable Value Chain Agriculture for Food Security and Economic Development.” This conference was hosted by the University of Namibia with partners from other associations (AGRISSON, IAALD, and INFITA). The conference would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of many people. I would like to personally thank Martin Schneider, Jack Elliot, Samantha Alvis, and David Lawver for their leadership and service to the organization.
I thought I would take this opportunity to give you a “state of the journal” report. The acceptance rate for Volume 17 was 16%. For this volume there were 56 reviewers from 11 countries. We currently have 139 paid journal subscribers/members and 17 library subscriptions. The journal is financially solvent. We inducted a new managing editor at the conference. Amy Harder will be moving into that role in January, 2012. Brenda Seevers will be executive editor and I will be past editor. I would like to recognize Jimmy Lindner for his service on the journal executive team.
We are in the process of updating our rights and responsibilities for reviewers and authors. We want to ensure an efficient review and publication process while maintaining the integrity of the double-blind review. We are considering expanding our reviewer pool based upon expertise rather than prior publication in the journal. We will be updating our editorial board this year. Please let us know if you are interested in serving in one of these roles.
I hope you enjoy the issue and will consider submitting papers presented at the conference for publication in JIAEE.
Kim E. Dooley, PhD
Executive Editor, JIAEE