In our white-knuckle ride through our fast-moving field, it seems we increasingly draw authority, information and inspiration from blogs and tweets and the like; while many aspects of the ‘traditional’ model of academic journal publishing have come in for criticism lately, or been called into question by developments in Open Access repositories and journals*, or advanced web search tools aimed at academics.
Nevertheless peer-reviewed and edited journals are still the places we must turn to for reports of considered, detailed, serious academic research. The VLEs and handbooks for each module on the MSc Programme abound with references to articles in academic journals about education, and the other areas touched on in our wonderfully catholic syllabus (technology, information and cognitive sciences, philosophy, etc): but I wondered whether there is anywhere a complete-ish list of journals that esteemed tutors and colleagues recommend most highly for news of cutting-edge and thought-provoking insights in the field?
For example: personally I found Innovate very interesting and useful in recent years, particularly as an open journal that doesn’t require any messing around with typical publishers’ journal ‘database’ interfaces. Seems, however, it is not being produced any more, alas (does anyone know why?). Not surprisingly ALT-J (“Research in Learning Technology”) is also rich with things up-our-street (and n.b. ALT-J issues more than 18 months old are freely available in ALT’s EPrints repository). From the library/information science community, Program is a journal that often contains research relevant to e-learning issues, particularly in HE.
That’s about my limit for specific journals I’ve actually engaged with as entire publications (like I have time to read all this stuff!) as opposed to following links to individual articles. But can anyone suggest other journals which should be at the top of an e-learning pro’s reading list?
Part of my motivation for asking this was rediscovering the excellent JournalTOCs service developed by Heriot-Watt, where you can create personalised, dynamic newsfeeds of the tables of contents from a huge range of academic journals. Maybe even, with a suitable short (or long) list, someone smart around here could create a JournalTOCs feed and plug it into a page or widget on this Hub?
Would love to hear your thoughts/recommendations.
* Serendipitous clicking during the course of writing this happened to lead me to the JURN.org site,which I shall definitely be returning to.