Athabasca University is pleased with the selection of its Journal of Distance Education and The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning for inclusion in the European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH) initial list. ERIH is a fully peer-reviewed reference index of the top journals in 15 areas of the Humanities. The two AU publications have been listed in the 'Pedagogical and Educational Research' category. Of the five distance journals selected in this category, only the two AU publications are open-access. "Scholars, researchers and readers are presented with an ever-expanding array of publishing possibilities," said Dr. Terry Anderson, Canada Research Chair in Distance Education. "Many of the traditional citation indices services which track 'influence' of various publications are owned and managed by commercial publishers. I often think they do not index, or adequately review the Open Access journals – their major competitors. Thus, independent peer assessments of journals such as ERIH are important tools for both researchers, those who evaluate research performance and for readers." Both JDE and IRRODL have become the world's premier academic journals in the field of open and distance education.
Source: Athabasca University, Alberta