Research in Learning Technology , the journal for the Association for Learning Technology, is going Open Access from January 2012 (with Rhona Sharpe, I am co-editor of the journal). ALT’s plans for Open Access publishing have developed over several years, and we are very keen that this move can extend the impact of the journal – gaining us more readers, more authors and more citers. Just today, I came across this blog post from @melissaterras “What happens when you tweet an Open Access Paper” that is very persuasive of the benefits of Open Access publishing married to institutional repositories.
@A_L_T has developed skills in the use of social media integration of its multiple publication and presentation channels, and openness makes that so much easier. Typically for ALT, the tendering process was done meticulously and fairly around this time last year, and was even written up and published in ALT’s (Open Access) repository. The winner of the tender was Co-Action and they have been a pleasure to work with so we are very confident that our journal can develop and go from strength to strength. The really great news is that even content that is currently closed will be open from January 2012. Watch this space!
When the web site is launched, we will be sure to splash it over all channels, but I wanted to alert you two publishing opportunities with Research in Learning Technology:
1. Although we have not yet got an upload url, we are eagerly awaiting your copy so please keep writing, writing, writing. Here are the interim arrangements. Open Access is such good news for authors especially where the scholarly society (and all the volunteer editors, reviewers and editorial board) invests in the publication and does not expect authors to pay. We already have all of the copy we need for the the first issue, and some in hand for the second issue but we want to fill Issues 2 and 3, especially as we will be having 4 issues (1 more than previously). Of course, you can always contact Rhona and I for informal advice, if you have any questions.
2. The fourth issue of Research in Learning Technology is a Special Issue on Digital Inclusion and Learning, edited by Profs Jane Seale and William Dutton. The Call for Papers is here. This will be a seminal issue – please be part of it.
If you want to get news of this exciting venture, you can follow me @francesbell or @A_L_T on Twitter or watch out on the ALT web site. Please tell your colleagues about our move to Open Access – we are proud and really rather excited by the opportunities it presents.