I think this announcement to the list is a good opportunity for our community to discuss publication venues and norms. As noted by Lukes et al. (2015), the geocognition and geoscience education research community has grown much larger in recent years, with attendant pressure on our existing journals to process more and more submissions. Certainly, an increase in submission numbers was my experience when I was the Editor of the Journal of Geoscience Education until 2012. This pressure is a good thing, as it can encourage the development of new opportunities for publication and dissemination of research findings.

JAESE appears to be published by the Clute Institute. I do not know anything about the JAESE journal, but would like to share a few facts about the Clute Institute in general. The Clute Institute has been closely scrutinized for providing pay-to-publish services that do not fall within standard publishing norms. Librarian Jeffrey Beall at UC Denver has a recent blog post about the Clute Institute: I encourage you to read it.

The biggest concerns are that: 1) authors must pay to submit a manuscript; 2) authors can pay more to have their manuscripts reviewed more quickly; 3) authors must pay non-normative fees to publish a manuscript, with fees increasing for longer papers; and 4) the Clute Institute does not provide DOIs, so manuscripts are difficult for other scholars to find. In addition, the Clute Institute is not a member of any scholarly publishing organizations, including COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics), and plagiarism may be a problem with Clute journals (

I wanted to start a dialogue so we can collectively reflect on what publishing should look like, both in traditional and nontraditional venues, as we grow and develop as a community of research and practice. I would be the first to welcome more diverse publishing venues, but caution that they must be the right ones.

Take care

Julie Libarkin
Associate Professor
Director - Geocognition Research Lab
Michigan State University
288 Farm Lane, 206 Natural Science
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 517-355-8369

Affiliations: Center for Integrative Studies in General Science, Department of Geological Sciences, Cognitive Science Program, Environmental Science and Policy Program, CREATEforSTEM

On Mar 18, 2015, at 9:07 AM, Tim Slater <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> The “Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education” invites
> education research scholars and public outreach professionals to
> submit manuscripts across the broadly defined Earth and space science
> disciplines. Based in the United States and founded by an
> internationally recognized editorial advisory board, JAESE publishes
> refereed articles for an international audience in discipline-based
> education research on teaching and learning across a broad range of
> disciplines including: astronomy, climate science, geology, geography,
> energy resource science, environmental sciences, meteorology,
> oceanography, planetary sciences, and space sciences.  In addition to
> empirical, quantitative and qualitative science education research
> articles, JAESE publishes essays on innovative teaching strategies and
> systematically evaluated public outreach programs, using a blind,
> multiple-peer-review system. JAESE’s first issue is available at www.
>, and detailed author submission guidelines are available
> online.
>     JAESE articles are indexed through NASA SAO/ADS, GoogleScholar,
> ERIC, EBSCO, and ProQuest, among other reputable scholarly citation
> systems. All articles are open-access, meaning articles are
> permanently free to readers and libraries without a subscription. The
> journal keeps costs low by using an established business model where
> authors or their institutions pay a nominal a open-access curation and
> publication fee instead of a subscription. Additional information
> about the journal may be directed to Dr. Tim Slater, Editor, at
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> -- 
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> University of Wyoming Excellence in Higher Education Endowed Chair of
> Science Education
> Senior Scientist, CAPER Center for Astronomy & Physics Education
> Research,
> Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Astronomy & Earth Sciences Education,
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