Great news for the journal Interactive Learning Environments

In the latest Thomson Reuters Journal Impact Factors, covering citations accrued in 2014 by articles published in Interactive Learning Environments during 2012 and 2013 (the first two years in which I took over as Co-Editor with Joe Psotka), Interactive Learning Environments received an Impact Factor of 1.323, placing it 45/224 in the Education & Educational Research category of the 2014 Journal Citation Reports.


And even more good news – the publisher, Taylor and Francis, has agreed to give us a full 8 issues in 2016 (that’s double issues printed four times a year) compared to the current 6 issues in 2015. This is a great opportunity for authors who send in article submissions at a great rate of knots to ILE – Joe and I and our associate editors are kept on our toes keeping up to date with editorial reviewing and ensuring we keep authors waiting as little as we can given the demand for publication.

While it may not be so obvious from the title, a quick glance at our journal’s scope shows that we publish research which uses learning technologies to support or stimulate interactivity in learning. Many of the papers are given in the context of Higher Education but that is not the only field of learning we publish – primary and secondary education, together with workplace learning also feature.

It’s my privilege to write editorials for the general issues of the journal and I can vouch for the fact that there is a great diversity in the papers published. As this journal climbs the impact ladder, it’s good to keep an eye on the issues which face learners and teachers this way. We tend to publish articles which have a strong research evidence base and really add value to debates about virtual worlds, leading technologies and social networking for collaborative learning among others. There is always a strong focus on pedagogic research in the papers – after all it’s always going to be about engaging learning.