From the Editor
Greetings to all Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education (JIAEE) subscribers and Association for International Agricultural and Extension Education (AIAEE) members. Volume 11 comes to a close with this issue, but significant recognition continues for the JIAEE. Specifically, the journal has been accepted for indexing and archival purposes by the International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (IBSS). This is very good news for the JIAEE! We are proud to have the IBSS include our journal in its indexing service, especially since many of its current journal listings “...emphasize the need to represent not only the core social science disciplines but also a broad range of related fields” (IBSS, 2004). Additional information and a listing of journals indexed through the IBSS services may be found at http://www.lse.ac.uk/collections/IBSS/; I encourage all readers to review the IBSS online.
Change, is our only certainty. Recent changes to the JIAEE, as per AIAEE Executive Board decision, are to no longer consider the summer issue as the JIAEE “Conference Issue,” and to restructure subscription prices for the JIAEE. We will continue producing/publishing a summer issue of the JIAEE, but it will contain peer-reviewed scholarship generated from you, the AIAEE members, and not be limited to research papers presented at our annual conferences. We believe this is an important move to clarify the scholarship in the journal; something that indexing services deem highly important in their review processes. Remember, we all are doing what we can to achieve inclusion in the Thomson ISI® (founded as the Institute for Scientific Information®) index.
Subscription rates have been changed to reflect ever-increasing inflation rates and postage costs associated with mailing the hardcopy booklet to subscribers. Please note that annual individual subscriptions are now USD $30/year for the Web (electronic) version, and USD $45/year for those wanting the hardcopy booklet version. Also, library subscription rates were increased to USD $75/year to more accurately reflect our actual production and postage costs associated with those types of subscriptions. However, registrants to the Annual AIAEE Conference will enjoy an annual subscription to the JIAEE as part of their conference fee. The new subscription rates are in effect for those who are unable to attend the annual conference.
Has it been three years since my editorship began with the JIAEE? Yes, it is true! Time flies when you’re having fun. So, rather than quitting what I enjoy, I applied for another term as editor of the JIAEE. Call me crazy, but I enjoy this job immensely and felt that many of the changes to the manuscript submission and peer-review processes I had envisioned three years ago had not been developed fully, therefore I chose to prolong my service to the JIAEE. I am fortunate that the AIAEE Executive Board found favor in my first term services as editor, and graciously granted me another three-year term as editor. Thank you AIAEE Executive Board! Granted, I do not envision a lifetime of service as editor, but the goals of improving JIAEE scholarship and securing inclusion to Thomson’s ISI® index are paramount to a successful second term as editor. So, onward and upward with Volumes 12, 13, and 14!
Thank you to all contributors (p. 93-95), reviewers (p. 97-98), and board members (p. 2-3) who made JIAEE Volume 11 live up to its scholarly standards. Included in this issue are nine articles and one book review, made possible through your scholarship and the untiring service of our peer reviewers. Enjoy your fall issue and continue doing what you can to promote greater understanding of agricultural and extension education worldwide
Gary J. Wingenbach, Editor
Journal of International Agricultural and Extension Education