To University administrators, faculty/researchers, graduate students and librarians,
Many of you have the responsibility of making data-driven decisions. You may teach graduate courses concerning research methodologies and are required to publish your research to cope with the syndrome “publish or perish” in academia. You may be working hard on your dissertations, seeking the most accurate research methods to show your committees and audiences how you know what you know. You may be a librarian, seeking the right journal to catalog for your university’s library to assist administrators, researchers, and graduate students in finding the most accurate research methods to help generate and disseminate knowledge through academic communities around the globe.
I am excited to let you know that IGI Global, a premier publisher of academic journals, has agreed to provide open online access of articles on research methods in graduate education as a complimentary issue. The International Journal of Adult and Vocational Education has been indexed and abstracted in 13 databases, including Cabell’s Directory, INSPEC, and Applied Social Sciences. Currently, the journal is under review and has applied for SSCI indexing. The journal has been endorsed by the first President of the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame at the recommendation of current Board Director of the same Hall of Fame, Dr. John A. Henschke and a leading scholar from University of Pennsylvania. As the founding editor, I have invited leading scholars such as Drs. Stephen Brookfield, Lyle Yorks, and Patricia Cranton to co-edit the journal. I have also invited a team of outstanding associate editors and international reviewers to ensure the high quality of the blind review process to ensure the much needed academic integrity of this journal.
I have noticed an increased interest in publishing articles on research methods concerning graduate education because more and more universities have been striving to “streamline” their graduate courses on research methods. Therefore, I sought help from my own former Professor, Dr. Sean Mulvenon, due to his strong background in Physics, Mathematics, and Statistics at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Dr. Mulvenon is a professor of statistics and a known expert both nationally and internationally. He worked as a Senior Advisor for the Office of the Deputy Secretary U.S. Department of Education from December 1, 2005 through June 30, 2008. Through this role, he directed national projects through which he addressed policy, statistical, and data management components associated with NCLB legislation. His position was supported by the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA). Over the years, I have received ongoing support from my former professors and colleagues.
The International Journal of Adult and Vocational Education publishes articles by leading scholars/distinguished professors from Ivy League schools such as Columbia University. Some articles have helped numerous scholars to secure tenure and promotion. As co-editor-in-chief, I have written many letters of recommendation for scholars with positions such as department chairs or associate deans. As you enjoy this free issue of timely, critical and reflective articles on research methods, we will continue to publish issues addressing pertinent, current and critical information to assist in your career advancement, in addition to disseminating knowledge from across the fields. You are more than welcome to submit your articles to this journal for consideration for publication, and, above all, you are more than welcome to recommend this leading edge journal to your university’s library so that more administrators, faculty, researchers and graduate students may access this cutting edge research. This journal serves as the bridge as together we contribute to this knowledge society, building a global village of knowledge workers.
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Victor C. X. Wang, Florida Atlantic University
Lyle Yorks, Columbia University
Patricia Cranton, New Brunswick University, inducted into Order of Canada