Read on for our interview with John…
What is your background and how did you become part of the journal?
My research background primarily focuses on curriculum and teaching but through collaboration with colleagues and friends, I have broadened my research portfolio and publication venues in journals of the fields ranging from teacher education, educational leadership and management, assessment and educational psychology to comparative education and student learning. I still remember that I have received an email invitation from Taylor & Francis followed by phone communication about eight years ago which mentioned about the intention to launch a new open-access journal and inquired whether I might be interested to be the Founding Editor – I was invited probably because of my collaborative experiences with Routledge and Taylor & Francis. Looking back and Cogent Education now in its Eighth volume, I am honoured and pleased to be the Founding Editor of this large and leading multidisciplinary open access journal.
Have there been any exciting developments with the journal over the past few years? How did you achieve this?
After several years of concerted efforts and valuable contributions of both editors, editorial board members, contributing authors and readers, Cogent Education was indexed in several major database and now becomes a Web of Science Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus and Google Scholar indexed journal, to name a few. According to the journal metrics, it has on average around 1 million downloads and hundreds of submissions per year.
What kind of research does the journal publish?
Cogent Education could be considered as a mega journal as it comprises 10 sections: Curriculum & Teaching Studies, Education Policy, Educational Assessment & Evaluation, Educational Leadership & Management, Educational Psychology & Counselling, Information & Communications Technology in Education, International & Comparative Education, Professional Education & Training, Student Learning, Childhood & Voices, and Teacher Education & Development.
How do you advise authors who are looking to make an impact in policy documents or news reports?
There are some preliminary thoughts. At the beginning stage and conceptualization of research, the author may consider the policy and practical significances of his/her research. This might be done by consulting some practitioners or even public officers working in related areas. If the findings arising from the research could inform policy direction and implementation, the author could publicise the community beyond the academia in form of news, blogs and other forms of social media.
Finally, how can authors contribute their own research to Cogent Education?
Manuscripts should be submitted directly on-line via our submission system. For information on all types of contributions please go to the journal Aims & Scope, for details on how to submit a manuscript, please see the Instructions for Authors.