A Guide to Publication in Educational Technology

I just made a presentation at the AECT/SICET International Conference in Anaheim, California. The presentation entitled “Publish or Perish: Publishing Scholarly Articles in Educational Technology.” I thought the presentation went very well. The presentation was prepared to assist university faculty members and graduate students in preparing and submitting manuscripts for publication in academic journals in educational technology. The intent is to facilitate publication, research and other creative activities in the field of educational technology.

The presentation was based on the result of a survey study from the editors of various journals. I conducted the online journal survey in April 2007. Seventy editors from various journals worldwide related to educational technology were identified and invited to participate in the survey. After 6 weeks and several follow-ups, 42 editors completed the survey online with a usable return rate of 60 percent.

The survey had 27 items and provided useful publication information which included journal title, name of editor, email address, frequency of issue, publication format, circulation, audience, acceptance rate, refereed/non refereed journal, number of readings, desired length of articles, preferred style, submission and review process, and publishing fee if any.

The results indicate that most of educational technology journals publish 4 issues per year. Sixty-three percent of the educational technology journals are published in printed format. The acceptance rate varies and ranges from 9% to 80%. The average acceptance rate is about 32%. Ninety-three percent of the journals surveyed are refereed and only 7% are non-refereed. The number of readings required by the editorial review board ranges from 1 to 8 times with an average of 2.7 times. On the average, it takes about 12 weeks for receiving editorial decision and another 20 weeks for getting an article to publish. All educational technology journals participated in the survey have open submission policy and 95% of these journals have author’s guidelines available online. Most educational technology journals prefer APA style (74%) and allow an electronic submission (95%). Seventy-nine percent of these journals provide editorial assistance to help authors revise their manuscripts. Ninety-five percent pay no honorarium to authors. However, 69% of the journals provide complimentary issue to authors.

There are several types of educational technology journals that publish varying types of articles for a variety of audiences. Authors should determine the audience, types of articles published in the journal, types of journal, acceptance rate, time for editorial decision, and desired length of article prior to preparing and submitting a manuscript. I think my survey provides these helpful information to those who want to publish their papers in the field of educational technology, especially to graduate students and junior faculty who are pursuing tenure and promotion. The complete information on all participated editors and their journals is available online at http://dragon.ep.usm.edu/~yuen/journal/search.php Authors can use the search tools provided on this Web page to find the journal information before deciding on the target journal.

Finally, if you are an editor and want to include your journal in my database, please feel free to email me. I will be glad to provide you a URL for submitting your journal information online.

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About Steve Yuen

I am a Professor Emeritus of Instructional Technology and Design at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, United States.
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4 Responses to A Guide to Publication in Educational Technology

  1. Dr. Jacqui Cyrus says:

    Hi:
    Thank you for making such important information available. As a new faculty member in the School of Education, I am a bit daunted by the prospect of publishing. I am in the middle of getting 3 partially-finished manuscripts ready for publication. Your database will be of great assistance.

    Thanks.

  2. James M. Thompson says:

    I have found this article to be of some interest because I am a doctorate student in educational administration. Although I am a former educator in the K-12 public school system, I am considering pursuing a post-secondary education career sometimes in the future. The thought of “Publish or Perish…” is very thought provoking. It is amazing to read various educational literatures and periodicals that promote cooperative learning over competitive learning as one of the most effective teaching strategy. On the contrary, when individuals become faculty members, then it appears that they have to change their former way of thinking as “a member of one harmonious group” and begin to think as “every man or woman for him or herself.” Sometimes it makes me wonder why so many professors feel as if they are constantly under pressure and meeting fast approaching deadlines, especially when they do not receive tenure. After looking at the numbers that were posted regarding an article acceptance rate and the period of time it takes to publish an article, it can become burdensome for anyone who must wait around patiently anticipating the best is yet to come from the letter that reads CONGRATULATIONS!
    As an experienced grant writer, I spent time as a grant reader sitting on different committees. Through my experience as a grant reader, it has helped me to learn innovative approaches in completing a grant application.
    I have a question regarding publishing articles. I am curious and would like to know if an individual spend time serving as a peer reader for a refereed journal, would it increase their chances to publish articles by learning essential elements of what is required? If so, how does one go about becoming a reader of refereed journals?

  3. wanda moye says:

    It is my intention, as a graduate student, to write for and become published in my discipline. The results of the survey, from editors, will prove helpful towards that end. I was surprised to realize it could take up to 20 weeks to get an article published. Also, I was surprised to see how few editors where online journals. I guest this will be an emerging area in time to come.

    Understanding your audience and what editors are looking for is so important. It helps to develop the tone of an article that you may be creating. The cost of continuing my education has slowed down my endeavor to subscribe to some educational technology journals. This is however, an objective I wish to accomplish by summer’s end. Dr. Yuen’s online list has renewed my desire and makes selecting of that information a little easier.

    I feel that it is important to keep abreast with the reading of journals in your discipline. Sometimes suggestions and tips on how to do something better are sidebar articles that could save time, and energy. Education is power and it is not always in the form of videos or the most current release of a textbook. The purist is slowly and methodically testing theories that could eventually help you perform your job better. Only after such reading, publications, and learning takes place do you see it on the CNN and the Evening News.

  4. sandrar says:

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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