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Re: [xmca] Comments on AERJ

I've been following an interesting discussion thread about this on AERA's Queer Studies SIG listserv--although I don't quite understand all the details, I know that many members of Queer Studies have chosen to terminate their AERA membership, boycott this year's Annual Meeting, and/or shift their conference focus to the American Educational Studies Association's annual conference (http://www.educationalstudies.org/conference.html). This, from John Petrovic, started the conversation:

AERJ will be moving to an integrated format that eliminates the space for social analysis. Of course, in theory, the space will simply be "integrated." Nevertheless, this move will, as far as I can tell, make AERJ more narrowly empirical, ie, eliminating space for queer theoretical analysis and social theory of all sorts, philosophy, history, etc. [...]

The Editors of the SIA section of the AERJ resigned effective July 1. I have followed suit and resigned from the Editorial Board. I will also discontinue all service to AERA and make AESA my professional and intellectual home. 

I would love to hear others' thoughts on any of this--AERA, AERJ, AESA, or other.

Jenna McWilliams
Cultural-Historical Research SIG Communications Chair
Learning Sciences Program, Indiana University


On Feb 18, 2013, at 4:20 PM, David Preiss wrote:

> Dear all,
> For those of us that are less informed, does anybody know what AERA is understanding as the field of education in the decision reported below? Does it mean they would open the journal to alternative methodologies and approaches?  And how would this impact international dialogue? I have stopped going to AERA as it has became very local and scarcely sensitive to international contributions and shifted to other European conferences.
> Your thoughts will be appreciated.
> David
> Begin forwarded message:
>> From: "AERA President & Executive Director" <president@aera.net>
>> Subject: Council Decision on AERJ Proposed Change in Structure
>> Date: February 17, 2013 7:24:18 PM GMT-03:00
>> To: "David D. Preiss" <davidpreiss@uc.cl>
>> Reply-To: "AERA President & Executive Director" <president@aera.net>
>> Dear AERA Members,
>> We are writing to report on the decision of AERA Council to transform the American Educational Research Journal (AERJ) into an integrated journal that spans the scope of the field, theoretically, empirically, and methodologically. In arriving at an affirmative decision, Council considered the reports of the AERJ Subcommittee and the Journal Publications Committee, background documents on the journal, a member survey related to the proposed change, and additional member input.
>> The AERJ Subcommittee and the Journal Publications Committee unanimously recommended this change. The decision to alter the present structure was supported by two-thirds of the AERA Council.
>> The Journal Publications Committee is being asked to prepare and submit an implementation plan no later than February 2014, to include a new vision statement, description of editorial structure, and a draft announcement for the editor search for a one-AERJ. AERA Council will need to review and approve the implementation plan.
>> Assuming approval of the implementation plan, the AERJ change would occur with the 2016 volume year—the 100th anniversary of the Association. This timetable provides for a deliberative search to be conducted for a new editorial team and a lengthy transition.
>> Over 400 members participated in the member survey. This is a much more substantial turnout than for other such surveys conducted of our members. Approximately 75 percent of the respondents favored change. Among those who did not, the primary concerns related to the editorial leadership and management of a one-AERJ, not the substantive aims or ambitions of an integrated journal. Fortunately there are models of field-spanning flagship journals with much higher manuscript submission loads each year than AERJ that the Journal Publications Committee can draw on in setting forth an implementation plan. Also, the Committee has benefit of how the Educational Researcher and the Review of Educational Research—two of AERA’s field spanning journals—organize to ensure breadth of vision and content coverage for these journals.
>> On behalf of Council, we want to thank you for your interest in AERJ and in the AERA Journal Publications Program. This Association has always published peer reviewed research of the highest quality, visibility, and ranking and is committed to continuing to do so.
>> Cordially,
>> William G. Tierney, PhD
>> President, 2012-2013
>> Felice J. Levine, PhD
>> Executive Director 
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