About the Journal
We have been publishing ODL research since 2003. Our publishing status is confirmed by our registration on 18th October 2002 as the Asian journal of distance education [ http://www.AsianJDE.org ], and as Asian J D E. From this date we operate all our trademarks and copyrights.
Our front cover of the Journal is similar to the Journal homepage with green squares drawn in perspective going into the distance, each square symbolizing the fertile rice field representing each Asian country.
Then the JCSat4 satellite which is used in this region is drawn transmitting signals to and from the fields. This symbolizes our wish for countries in Asia to share what they have with others in the same country and others in neighbouring countries through our Journal. The same symbolism is used in drawing the letter ‘A’ for Asia (shown below) which we use on each Paper.
The concept of the Journal originated through our association with the Asian Association of Open Universities. We hear that they have now followed our advice and launched an AAOU Journal under the direct control of their Executive Committee. We exercise far more latitude, opportunities, and freedom in expression to researchers throughout Asia. It has been clear to us since 2001 that there was a need and want for such a journal, and we are pleased to have realized the Journal as a direct response to these with the great support of many key figures. Our philosophy remains to help prospective Authors get published, unlike most other Journals that charge fees or reject manuscripts due to poor English. It is true nonetheless that many Western journals have a readership with little interest in the corners of Asia - in Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh and other places quite remote in culture and educational levels. We offer freely all possible assistance with use of English. We feel one role of publishers is to assist in the positive development and use of language.
Aims and Scope
The main aim of the Asian Journal of Distance Education is to disseminate scholarly works and information useful to researchers and practitioners in the growing field of distance education in Asia. The Journal also aims to provide a forum for discussions within and directly relating to Asia, and so elicits Asian local theoretical and practical solutions to local concerns. Contributions are invited from around the world which meet these criteria of relevance to the Asian context. Author Guidelines for contributions are given on the site pages.
The aims of the Journal have the key point of being relevant to Asia. Some few Papers have come from Africa and Americas. In those cases our reviewers saw some relevance and this then can improve the rating of the manuscript to become published.
The scope of AjDE is manuscripts on distance education, open and distance learning, educational technology, and online learning. AjDE considers manuscripts that present qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods studies, critical reviews or analyses, and theoretical positions.
Our legal status is firm. The Journal was registered with the Japan Ministry of Justice for legalization as a judicial entity as Non-Profit Organisation, and Ministry of Finance because even NPO must declare their books for tax! although we have been zero-rated always, and have an all volunteer crew (no publishing fees from Authors and so no expensive executive cars). Due to our international status we are reported as a Non-Government Organisation NGO.
Distinguished Editorial Board
We have global support from highly respected leading researchers in ODE, and this is evident in both the quality of Papers we receive and in the support we have from our distinguished Editorial Board. It is not easy to attract leading Western researchers - perhaps we are successful because Asia still holds some Victorian exotic image. It is true that many regions of Asia haven’t changed much in the past one hundred or two hundred years, yet a few regions have become the most-highly developed in the world. The task facing us is somehow to equalize access between these two regions - thousands of times over throughout Asia.
Peer Review Process
AjDE has a two-stage review process.
(1) The first stage is an initial editorial review (also known as Desktop Review, Screening Review) by one of the lead editors, resulting in either a decision to send for peer review (stage 2) or an editorial rejection.
(2) In the second stage, a Lead Editor or an Associate Editor will be assigned to manage the review process.
All article submissions to the AjDE undergo double-blind peer review by a minimum of two subject experts in the field. This means that neither the authors nor the reviewers are made aware of the identities of each other. It is therefore essential that authors remove all identifying information from their papers in the first instance. This includes removing references in the text that would enable reviewers to identify authors. Names, institutional affiliations and references can be added if the paper is accepted for publication.
Peer reviewers are chosen based upon their research interests and their expertise in the research method.
Peer reviewers are asked to evaluate and judge submissions using the following criteria:
1. Contribution to the field and AjDE
2. complete, coherent, and well-organized presentation;
3. sufficient explanation of the significance of the problem;
4. clear demonstration of the relevance to the field (beyond the case presented);
5. compelling presentation of the problem within a theoretical framework (where appropriate);
6. establishment of a relationship between the problem and ODL and other relevant literature;
7. appropriate research design and method;
8. accurate and useful interpretation;
9. sound argument and analysis;
10. effective conclusion about the implications for distance education theory, research, and/or practice.
Reviewers' comments are extremely important to help the authors revise and improve their papers.
Open Access Policy
This journal provides open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
The work published in AjDE is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 4.0 International Licence (CC-BY-SA).
The journal does not require article processing charge (APC) from authors or readers at any time.
CLOCKSS and CLOCKSS systems have permission to ingest, preserve, and serve this Archival Unit.
AjDE is published 2 times a year, in July and December.
Originality and Plagiarism
Manuscripts submitted for review and possible publication in AjDE must be original material that has not been published nor submitted for review/publication elsewhere.
By submitting to AjDE, the authors agree to the submission of their article to iThenticate for the sole purpose of detecting plagiarism.
Guidelines and Templates to prospective Authors
We offer clear Guidelines and Templates to prospective Authors. For example we give examples of the citation style of the American Psychological Society (APA, 2009) for ways to accurately cite resources, and we extend these to include electronic books thus: “Additionally references to electronic books and similar resources should indicate the version such as ‘Kindle edition’ after the publishers’ name. There is a lack of consistent page numbering among electronic book publishers, and within a single user’s copy if the user varies the font size for ease in reading. For accurate citation of quotations from electronic books, the Author should use: section ‘title’, paragraph ‘number’ (adding these ad hoc to assist finding the citation).” So we continuously monitor ways to improve our Guidelines for researchers to help other researchers. While we follow their citation style, we do not adopt their writing style for the text. For example we do not agree on using two spaces (APA, 2009) in the text at the end of a sentence. There are several reasons for our not following APA text style. One, it would be relatively burdensome for new Authors in rural Asia - in terms of dollars cost and time and effort. Another, we treasure the colourful tapestry of Authors’ own styles - preferring this to vanilla machination. That said, we would like Authors to use clear, concise and coherent Standard British English.