EDEN matters! And so does EURODL!

The last month has seen work for EDEN continue on a number of fronts. I kept you in touch with the progress of the EDEN book in my last post, and that work goes on, especially in regard to copyright, pricing of the volume and the index which Uli Bernath has produced to a high level of sophistication in very short time.

We are also looking forward to our next Executive Committee meeting, which is being hosted for us in Porto by Antonio Teixeira of Universidade Aberta. We will look at this meeting to evaluating our work over the last year in an open way: what has EDEN achieved well; what could EDEN achieve better; what new opportunities are there for the Network? I intend to give a summary of EDEN’s work from the Executive Committee perspective at our annual conference in June this year in Gdansk.

I have also been continuing our work on the EDEN journal EURODL , with our Assistant Editor Mirjam Hauck and the Journal Secretary Amy Siu. Preliminary figures show that after refereeing and amendments we have published 33 articles over the last year, and have rejected 10. This is about the same proportion as in the previous year. And I am pleased that the stream of articles continues to come to EURODL, and believe we are building the opportunities for scholarship in the European dimension through this journal. We are also through Mirjam’s suggestion pursuing recognition by ERIC and BEI.

To cite from the ERIC website:

ERIC – the Education Resources Information Center – is an online digital library of education research and information. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC provides ready access to education literature to support the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and research.

The ERIC mission is to provide a comprehensive, easy-to-use, searchable, Internet-based bibliographic and full-text database of education research and information that also meets the requirements of the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 .

ERIC is already considering accepting us on to their list of journals, which if successful will give additional recognition in the world of academic publishing.

BEI, the British Education Index are yet to respond.

The British Education Index supports the professional study of education by facilitating the identification and use of specific reading matter and event-related information.

I will give more information as it emerges!

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