From the Editor
Greeting to Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE)
members and to readers of the Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education!
This year has been extremely busy and enjoyable for me. I am happy to report that the Journal’s online manuscript submission and peer-review process is fully functional and operating successfully. No longer will we have to wait for reviews to take weeks or months to return. The electronic process has really streamlined the peer-review process for the Journal. With that note in mind, it becomes very important for reviewers to complete their reviews in an expedient manner. If selected to review a manuscript, please take a few minutes to read the manuscript, complete the online rating form, and submit your results. It’s really that easy!
Currently, there are 68 Journal reviewers from 17 countries worldwide (p. 101). The advent of electronic peer-review has truly opened the door for international representation and active participation in promoting the Journal’s scholarship. To all reviewers who served the Journal this past year, my sincere gratitude goes out to you. Thank you for assisting me in providing the AIAEE with a consistent quality product, the Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education. Special thanks go out to Ms. Anita Allor, Bilingual Secretary for International Projects in Agricultural Education at Texas A&M University, for a truly wonderful undertaking in correcting and updating the Journal’s Spanish Abstracts; check out the Web site!
The Journal has received 35 manuscripts to date this year and as of this writing, is operating at 37% acceptance rate. If a manuscript was deemed not acceptable for the Journal in its first peer- review, I encourage all scholars to re-submit those manuscripts, complete with edits and/or re- writes, for additional review. Remember, you may submit and re-submit a manuscript a total of three times before it is no longer acceptable for publication in the Journal. Often times, our reviewers take extra efforts to make corrections and offer suggestions which improves the manuscripts under review. It is essential that authors take the reviewers’ comments to heart, improve their own scholarship, re-submit their manuscripts and collectively improve the scholarship of the entire profession. It’s a win-win situation!
It’s never too late to send in your Feature Articles, Tools of the Profession and Commentary Articles. Encourage new members to join AIAEE and subscribe to the Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education. Share the subscription form in the back of this issue or direct your colleagues to the online form at http://www.aged.tamu.edu/aiaee/jiaee/journalsub.asp. Show someone the Web site at http://www.aged.tamu.edu/aiaee/jiaee/index.htm. As always, do what you can to promote agricultural and extension education worldwide.
Gary J. Wingenbach, Editor
Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education