The academic publishing game

Thanks to Dr Inger Mewburn, who is a Research Fellow at RMIT University in Australia, for sharing great information in PhD2Published.

Publish or perish… But where you choose to publish has to be a thoughtful decision and apparently, graduate students have a rather passive attitude in this matter. In collaboration with Australian universities, the Government of Australia has run a “Excellence in Research Australia” (ERA) exercise twice for policy setting purposes. It resulted in a ranking list of academic journals worldwide. While I still have to find Canadian or American equivalents (any suggestions?) I was very curious about the ranking of journals in my field (educational technology and online learning).

It turns out that if I were to apply for a grant from the Australian government, a publication in the American Journal of Distance Education or the Journal of Distance Education would get me a C score. Actually, I wasn’t able to find any A journal in my field and just a handful of Bs:

Scary.

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