Peer Review Panel for Education Journals meets

25 March 2019, 08:19


Peer Review Panel members met for the second time on 25 February 2019 to discuss the reviews of the education journals. Fifty-one reviewers (three per journal) have reviewed the seventeen journals in this disciplinary group.

The objective for the meeting was to reach consensus on the review of reports with the goal of compiling these into version 2 reports. Each convenor was responsible for reporting on the journals in their sub-group. The panel felt that overall the reviews were good and the reviewers gave helpful suggestions.

The panel discussed the special considerations for the journals in this disciplinary group. The chair is responsible for writing this chapter of the report based on these discussions. Some general observations were that editorial boards, advisory boards and authors need to be diversified and be more balanced in terms of institutional representation; language editing needs attention; turnaround time of reviews is too long; tenure of editors and editorial boards is too long and appointment processes could be improved; there is a lack of scholarly features especially editorials and book reviews; and, some journals are not adhering to their publishing schedules. The chair thanked the panel members for their effort and the ASSAf secretariat for their work in bringing the panel together and for driving the process.

The panel is now tasked with summarising the reports into consensus views and including the panel’s recommendations. ASSAf will assist with the sections of the reports that deal with the information that was gathered from the questionnaires to editors. Once the individual reports are completed, they will be sent to the journal editors for corrections and additions of factual information on the journal. The editors may not edit the panel’s consensus view but they may give feedback on the reports which will be dealt with by the panel chair and relevant convenor.