From the Executive Editor

This issue wraps up my two-year term as Executive Editor of your journal. It has truly been a privilege to have served our association in this role, as I have learned so much about the unique contributions of our many talented members to agricultural and extension education. I am proud of the work you do and am pleased JIAEE continues to offer you an outlet for sharing your quality scholarship.

Moving forward, JIAEE will be lead by Dr. Robert Strong of Texas A&M University, submissions will be managed by Dr. Kristina Ricketts of University of Kentucky, and I will move into the Past Editor position. Our new editorial team is committed to improving all aspects of journal production. We have updated descriptions of article types and submission guidelines to improve clarity for interested authors. We are working to be more cognizant of the international nature of our journal; we have already adopted a format that includes country information for every author, moving away from a format that only included country for non-U.S. authors. In this issue, you will notice another change. Moving forward, issues will be labeled by month instead of by season, as the season labels were only accurate for half of the world at any given point in time.

We recognize quality research is the result of quantitative and qualitative approaches; for that reason, we are happy to share the Editorial Board voted in favor of a revised page limit guideline that states submissions must be 20 double-spaced pages excluding references. We feel this will create new opportunities for qualitative researchers to demonstrate the effective use of thick description. Be sure to revisit the submission guidelines before uploading your next manuscript so that you are following the most recent version.

Dr. Strong will be leading an effort to solicit articles that position agricultural and extension education at the leading edge of addressing critical global issues. This will include more invited commentaries and the potential for theme-based issues. Our Editorial Board has called for more conceptual articles that articulate the linkages and contributions of agricultural and extension education to broader disciplines such as economics, sociology, and psychology. Publishing this type of scholarship will lead to increased visibility and opportunities for agricultural and extension educators to apply their expertise in meaningful ways.

It has been with the best interest of our membership in mind that we, the editorial team, have decided against pursuing indexing of JIAEE at this time. The requirements for being indexed would significantly add to the time needed to manage our journal, which is comprised of editors and an Editorial Board who conduct their roles as service functions. Also, indexing is more easily accomplished when a journal has a large pool of readers. Agricultural and extension education is such a narrow professional focus that it is unlikely we will ever reach the critical capacity necessary to generate a worthwhile impact factor for JIAEE, even if we meet all the other requirements for indexing. Past attempts at indexing the journal by previous editors support this belief. As a result, we recommend continuing on our current path and will continue identifying strategies to improve the processes that protect the quality and integrity of JIAEE.

I thank you for entrusting me to lead JIAEE over the past two years.

Sincerely,

AmyHarder 

Amy Harder

Executive Editor, JIAEE