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There are numerous educational technology journals, some are free, some are ranked, all have interesting content.
  • What journals do you reference in relation to Moodle/LMS research and practice?
  • What ranking/metrics are most useful when choosing journals to read/submit to?
  • Do you prefer free and open journals or are other factors more important?
Here is a list of journals I found, with rankings and factors. I've arbitrarily orderd by Google Scholar ranking, but perhaps that's not the most crucial factor. Are there any journals missing?

Title Availability h5-index Google Scholar rank Impact factor 2013 Eigenfactor Article Influence ERA 2010 Rank
Computers and Education Paywalled 81 1 2.63

A
British Journal of Educational Technology Paywalled 44 2 1.394 0.003389 0.5279 A
Educational Technology and Society Free online 39 3 0.824

B
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning Paywalled 38 4 1.023 0.001964 0.525 A
The Internet and Higher Education Paywalled 35 5 2.048 0.00123 0.7213 B
The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning Free online 34 6


B
Educational Technology Research and Development Paywalled 33 7
0.00168 0.5295 A
Australasian Journal of Educational Technology Free online 30 8 0.875 0.000992 0.2877 B
IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies Paywalled 27 9 1.22 0.000269 0.1786
International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Paywalled 25 10 1.83 0.00134 0.7694 B
Language Learning and Technology Free online 24 11 1.929 0.001069 0.8212 B
Interactive Learning Environments Paywalled 23 12 0.75 0.000528 0.2966 B
Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology Free online 23 13



Distance Education Paywalled 22 14 0.725 0.000478 0.4348 B
Learning, Media and Technology Paywalled 20 15 0.958

C
Computer Assisted Language Learning Paywalled 20 16 0.88 0.000723 0.533 B
ReCALL Paywalled 19 17 1.226 0.000617 0.8414 B
Artificial Intelligence in Education Free online 19 18


C
Journal of Educational Computing Research Paywalled 19 19 0.659 0.000959 0.3992 C
TechTrends Paywalled 18 20


B
Research in Learning Technology Free online 16 >20


A
International Journal on E-learning Paywalled 11 >20


B
Journal of Educational Technology Systems Paywalled 10 >20


C
Instructional Technology and Distance Learning Free online




B
Journal of Online Learning and Teaching Free online




B

 
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I think that some of my colleagues will be disappointed that Journal of Interactive Media in Education did not make your list.

Also, valuable articles get published in Journals without words like Technology in the name. E.g. Practitioner Research in Higher Education.

Other journals that are not in your list (obtained by going through the publication lists of two colleagues):

  • International Journal of e-Assessment
  • New Directions (http://journals.heacademy.ac.uk/journal/ndir)
  • Open Learning: The Journal of Open and Distance Learning
  • International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology
  • Trends and Challenges in Mathematics education

Not sure that is any use. Still, shows the breadth of what is out there.

 
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Thanks for adding to the list, Tim. 

Keep the list growing, everyone.  

 
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Hi Michael,

 

Thanks for posting this useful table. Something of the both young and interdisciplinary nature of EdTech means that it is hard to get good lists of the “top” journals.

 

The following list of open access journals may be helpful also.

https://www.dcu.ie/nidl/resources/online-journals.shtml

As Tim points out where the top people are publishing is also sometimes illustrative and they are not necessarily tier one journals all the time. Often a journal that is linked to a strong community or a conference may be a good outlet. Most journals, like Universities, have a prestige related to their age but publishing in a new journal linked to a strong community in a topical area could have equal impact. The Journal of Learning Analytics is new but I think this would be a really good place to publish on LA right now.

Review cycles for top journals can be very long and it could easily take a year to get an article published from the original submission date so this can often be a factor for authors. Peer-J and Peer-J Computer Science from O Reilly Media are making a play for new open access journal publishing and promising very fast review turnaround times. O Reilly have a lot more cred (and commitment to “open”) that some of the current incumbents in the academic publishing space so it should be interesting smile

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My modest contribution to starting a list of EdTech journals in languages other than English.wink

Apprentissage des langues et systèmes d'information et de communication

 

 
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Ok.

Journal of Thinking Skills and Creativity: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/thinking-skills-and-creativity/

And, a list courtesy of a very good colleague of mine...at Swansea University

The International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (ISSN 1812-9129)
International Journal of Management in Education
http://www.inderscience.com/jhome.php?jcode=ijmie
Higher Education: "Recognized as the leading international journal on higher education studies, this publication examines educational developments throughout the world in universities, polytechnics, colleges, and vocational and education institutions. It reports on developments in both public and private higher education sectors.” http://www.springer.com/education+%26+language/higher+education/journal/10734
 
Higher Education Quarterly occupies a critical space in promoting research into higher education policy and practice internationally. Its remit includes, for instance, institutional approaches to the student experience, management and leadership; system-wide issues such as student funding and widening participation; and international responses to global market environments. It places particular emphasis on comparative material as opposed to single institution or local case studies.
The journal is unique in bringing together issues arising from academic policy and practice and thereby serving a broadly based readership.
 
Journal of Education and Work 2/2 http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cjew20/current
The Journal of Education and Work is an international forum for academic research and policy analysis which focuses on the interplay of the education and economic systems.
The journal examines how knowledge, skills, values and attitudes both about and for work and employment are developed within the education system. The journal also explores the various forms of industrial training and accreditation in the economic system, including changes in the economic and industrial infrastructure which influence the type of employees required. Work in the informal economy is also included.
 
International Journal of Educational Management 1/1 http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=IJEM
The International Journal of Educational Management provides those interested in the effective management of the educational process with a broad overview of developments and best practice in the field, with particular reference to how new ideas can be applied worldwide. The journal contains material relating to innovation in educational management across the spectrum, the development of educational delivery mechanisms, and the creation of an environment in which the management of resources provides the most efficient outputs achievable on an international basis to allow the sharing of new initiatives. Each article is submitted to a double blind-review process to ensure that academic integrity is maintained
British Educational Research Journal 3/3 http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cber20/current#.UfeFotJQGSo
The British Educational Research Journal is an international peer reviewed medium for the publication of articles of interest to researchers in education and has rapidly become a major focal point for the publication of educational research from throughout the world.
For further information on the association please visit the  British Educational Research Associationweb site.
The Journal is interdisciplinary in approach, and includes reports of case studies, experiments and surveys, discussions of conceptual and methodological issues and of underlying assumptions in educational research, accounts of research in progress, and book reviews.
British Journal of Educational Technology 2/2 http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1467-8535
The British Journal of Educational Technology provides readers with the widest possible coverage of developments in international educational and training technology. BJETis a primary source for academics and professionals in learning technology.
 
Articles cover the whole range of education and training, concentrating on the theory, applications and development of learning technology and communications. There is a particular interest in the application of new information and communications technologies. The Colloquium section publishes shorter contributions, summarising work in progress, raising queries and questioning received wisdom.
Journal of Higher Education 2/2 http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/jhe/
Founded in 1930, The Journal of Higher Education is the leading scholarly journal on the institution of higher education. Articles combine disciplinary methods with critical insight to investigate issues important to faculty, administrators, and program managers.
Studies in Higher Education is a leading international journal publishing research-based articles dealing with higher education issues from either a disciplinary or multi-disciplinary perspective. Empirical, theoretical and conceptual articles of significant originality will be considered. The Journal welcomes contributions that seek to enhance understanding of higher education policy, institutional management and performance, teaching and learning, and the contribution of higher education to society and the economy. Comparative studies and analysis of inter-system and cross-national issues are also welcomed, as are those addressing global and international themes. The Journal will publish annually two special issues on topics of international significance to higher education.
Teaching in Higher Education is an international, peer-reviewed journal. The journal addresses the roles of teaching, learning and the curriculum in higher education in order to explore and clarify the intellectual challenges which they present. The journal is interdisciplinary and aims to open up discussion across subject areas by involving all those who share an enthusiasm for learning and teaching.
In particular the journal:
·critically examines the values and presuppositions underpinning teaching
·identifies new agendas for research
·introduces comparative perspectives and insights drawn from different cultures
·aims to apply and develop sustained reflection, investigation and critique to learning and teaching in higher education
·considers how teaching and research can be brought into closer relationship and teaching in higher education can itself become a field of research
Active Learning in Higher Education 1/1 http://alh.sagepub.com/
Active Learning in Higher Education is an international, peer reviewed publication for all those who teach and support learning in higher education and those who undertake or use research into effective learning, teaching and assessment in universities and colleges. The journal is devoted to all aspects of development, innovations and good practice in higher education teaching and learning, including the use of information and communication technologies and issues concerning the management of teaching and learning.
International Journal of Educational Management 1/1 http://www.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/journals.htm?id=IJEM
The International Journal of Educational Management provides those interested in the effective management of the educational process with a broad overview of developments and best practice in the field, with particular reference to how new ideas can be applied worldwide. The journal contains material relating to innovation in educational management across the spectrum, the development of educational delivery mechanisms, and the creation of an environment in which the management of resources provides the most efficient outputs achievable on an international basis to allow the sharing of new initiatives. Each article is submitted to a double blind-review process to ensure that academic integrity is maintained
Quality Assurance in Higher Education 1/0 http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/cqhe20/current#.UfeGTdJQGSo
Quality in Higher Education is an international refereed journal aimed at those interested in the theory, practice and policies relating to the control, management and improvement of quality in higher education. The editor especially wishes to encourage papers on: reported research results, especially where these assess the impact of quality assurance systems, procedures and methodologies; theoretical analyses of quality and quality initiatives in higher education; comparative evaluation and international aspects of practice and policy with a view to identifying transportable methods, systems and good practice.
 
 
Innovations in Education and Teaching International
 
Innovations in Education and Teaching International (IETI), is the journal of the Staff and Educational Development Association (SEDA) www.seda.ac.uk . As such, contributions to the Journal should reflect SEDA's aim to promote innovation and good practice in higher education through staff and educational development and subject-related practices. Contributions are welcomed on any aspect of promoting and supporting educational change in higher and other post-school education, with an emphasis on research, experience, scholarship and evaluation, rather than mere description of practice.
 
International Journal for Academic Development
The International Journal for Academic Development is the journal of the International Consortium for Educational Development. The purpose of the journal is to enable academic/educational developers in higher education across the world to exchange ideas about practice and extend the theory of educational development, with the goal of improving the quality of higher education internationally.

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There is a reason to talk about reputable journals as there are quite a few disreputable ones. A story came up over the weekend about a paper that was accepted that contained only the one sentence repeated multiple times (you can even download the paper for an interesting read).

Profanity-Laced Academic Paper Exposes Scam Journal

Useful in the article about the paper was a link to a list that you can check for bogus publishers.

 
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Thanks for the interesting link, Michael.

One of those incriminated journals actually features this information on their home page:

Review Process
The International Journal of Advanced Computer Technology (IJACT) was developed for Engineering, Engineering Technology, and Industrial Technology professionals and is a highly-selective, refereed journal. Manuscripts that appear in the IJACT Articles section have been subjected to a tiered review process. This includes blind review by three or more members of the international editorial review board followed by a detailed review by the IJACT editors. Although feedback ordinarily will be given, the editors reserve the right to reject a manuscript for publication without a rationale for their decision.

"blind review" indeed. The reviewers of the "Get Me Off Your F****** Mailing List" paper must have read it blind-folded.cool

But then, the journal editor had obviously blindly accepted the "fee of $150" paid by the submitter.tongueout

On a more serious note, and I say this as a (former) researcher, I maintain that it is an integral part of serious scientific/academic research to assess the validity of those journals where you submit your papers. Some rules of the thumb include browsing those articles already published, browsing the Editorial Board list, and obviously rejecting those publications asking for a fee. This should be part and parcel of a training course for young researchers.

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This thread is really helpful.

Thanks.

Joseph.... smile


 
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Yet another reason for concentrating on reputable journals is the validity of peer reviews. A well-scrutinised journal will have a transparent review process and known reviewers.

Recently, cases of self-peer review have been reported, where authors have been able to review their own papers.

http://retractionwatch.com/2014/11/26/the-peer-review-scam-how-authors-are-reviewing-their-own-papers/

 
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Another raft of paper retractions due to self-reviewing authors...

http://www.nature.com/news/faked-peer-reviews-prompt-64-retractions-1.18202

At least these problems are gaining attention. Hopefully we will see improvements in reviewing overall.

 
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And yet more amusing evidence of predatory journals and lacking peer review.

A paper by Maggie Simpson and Edna Krabappel was accepted by two scientific journals

Screenshot of acceptance message

 
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Thanks for starting this discussion.  The sources that you and other forum users have identified are useful.  I have nothing new to add to the list at this stage though.   Thanks  Sean

 
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Thanks this is a very useful list.

 
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Here is a USA journal with African references : The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy

http://jitp.commons.gc.cuny.edu/about-the-journal/

 
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In relation to rankings, particularly in Australia where rankings are used for research funding and advancement, the following article is relevant.

Our obsession with metrics is corrupting science

 
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