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ERIC Number: ED406042
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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Publication Opportunities for Early Childhood Academics.
Sumsion, Jennifer
Recognizing the increasing pressure for publication for early childhood academics and the lack of current information about journals' publication practices, this study surveyed editors of Australian and international journals. The journals were selected through a survey of 43 academic staff of an institute of early childhood education and through a library search. Mail replies were received from 73 of the 121 editors contacted, for a response rate of 63 percent. Findings indicated that almost 70 percent of the journals reported fewer than 5,000 subscriptions while only 8 percent had a circulation greater than 10,000. Nearly all the journals targeted academics and published research articles, with 30 percent publishing only research. The number of journals publishing theoretical or review articles could not be determined because of different interpretations of the questions. Most journals published between 5 and 10 articles per issue, with almost two-thirds preferring manuscripts of less than 5,000 words. The American Psychological Association referencing style was required most commonly. For about three-quarters of the journals, editors sent manuscripts to two or three reviewers, with blind reviews used in about 80 percent of the journals. Almost all editors shared reviews with the author. The estimated review time averaged 3 months and publication lag averaged 6 to 12 months. Acceptance rates for unsolicited manuscripts ranged from 8 to 80 percent, with half of the editors accepting between 20 and 50 percent of unsolicited manuscripts. Only 5 percent of manuscripts were accepted without revision. (An appendix presents condensed publishing information for approximately 143 journals. Contains 13 references.) (KDFB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia