From the Editor
At its annual meeting during the AIAEE Conference, the Editorial Board of the Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education made an important decision related to manuscripts submitted for publication. The Board voted to eliminate the US$25 submission fee for feature papers submitted for publication. This means that now an author can submit his/her scholarly writing or research without having to pay any money.
This strategic decision was made thanks to the sound financial position of the AIAEE Association and the Journal. The Board hopes that the elimination of the submission fee will spark an increase of manuscripts submitted from AIAEE members and agricultural and extension professionals throughout the world and especially in less developed regions.
So, as Editor, I would ask that you pass this information on to your colleagues in agricultural and extension education in your region, state or country. Please inform them that they are invited to submit their research or scholarly writing to the Journal, even if they are not AIAEE members. If their manuscript is accepted they will be asked to pay the US$10 per page publication fee.
This issue of the Journal included important information and results from the spring AIAEE Conference held in Arlington VA. If you missed it, Tony Tuckerís Keynote Address is included on Page 5. His thoughts on sustainable development and professional partnerships is well worth reviewing. Minutes of the Leadership Team meetings and the AIAEE Business meeting start on page 15.
With fall just around the corner, we must also start thinking about next springís AIAEE Conference in Baton Rouge, LA. Calls for Papers and Posters are included on Pages 22-23. New next year will be a Carousel Roundtable session. Call for Carousel Roundtable proposals is on Page 24. I highly recommend you review these calls for presentations and submit your research, project or program summary for presentation at next springís conference.
Time really flies when you are having fun. This issue of the Journal marks the half way point in my tenure as Editor. A position announcement for the next Editor of the Journal is included on Page 25. The next Editor would serve a one year term as Editor-Elect for 2001 and a three year term as Editor from 2002-2004. I strongly recommend that you give this excellent opportunity some thought.
The Outstanding Posters and Papers from the conference are listed on Pages 26 and 27. Three of the outstanding papers from the conference are printed in this issue of the Journal. For the first time in a couple of years a synopsis of the papers presented at the AIAEE conference is included on Page 53. Mikel Woods does an excellent job of reviewing the papers for those who could not attend the spring conference. Also included for the first time, are the complete Abstracts from the papers presented this spring.
Finally, for those scholars interested in sharing your writings with our colleagues across the pond, a Call for Papers for the 15th European Seminar on Extension Education is included. I encourage you to review this call and consider submitting your research to this most important conference.