Academic journal article Exceptional Children

Report to the Readership: Exceptional Children Volume 79

Academic journal article Exceptional Children

Report to the Readership: Exceptional Children Volume 79

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This issue marks the beginning of our 5th year as Editors of Exceptional Children. The field is entering uncharted territory as we all struggle with a changing world including the Boston Marathon bombing, sequestration, reduced funding, elimination of teaching positions, and reduction/ elimination of special education research competitions from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). Special Education has always risen to meet challenges with a renewed sense of importance and energy. We are optimistic the field will continue to produce high quality research and Exceptional Children will be able to maintain its stature as an outstanding journal in our field and special education programs will continue to pursue excellence.

According to Thomson Reuters (July, 2013), Exceptional Children has a 5-year Impact Factor 2.992, which is the highest impact factor for special education print journals. This is an excellent rating for the journal which means that articles in Exceptional Children are cited more frequently than articles appearing in other major special education print journals. This is a tribute to all those authors who have published important articles in Exceptional Children which others have cited and continue to cite. We hope this tradition of excellence will continue.

Since the past Report to the Readership, Exceptional Children received 176 manuscript submissions electronically via the portal site. Thirty-two manuscripts were accepted during the year, yielding an 18.2% acceptance rate. The average number of days from initial receipt of a manuscript meeting publication guidelines to an initial decision was 65.4 days. Manuscripts that were accepted all had received a revise and resubmit initial decision. The range of time between author submissions of revised manuscripts ranged from one month to over a year. Exceptional Children receives a large number of submissions; however, we always encourage authors to submit their scholarly endeavors. The journal addresses topics covering the entire field of special education, and we welcome additional submissions covering gifted, all disability areas, families, school personnel, personnel preparation, and legal and policy issues impacting the field. We especially encourage practice-oriented manuscripts that describe research methods for improving the social and academic competence of individuals with disabilities.

Volume 79 continued to offer the Exceptional Children Readership a wide range of important topics covering the field of special education. We are pleased to report that over half of the articles (54%) were research studies, 27% were reviews of positions on evidence-based practices or policy analyses, 12% were research reviews, and 8% were data-based position papers or introduction articles. These data are graphically displayed in Figure 1. Primary topics were very diverse and included evidence-based practices; academic interventions including reading; teacher preparation and professional development issues; legal and policy issues; identification and placement; assessment and/or alternative assessment; parental involvement and expectations; peer-mediated instruction; health; behavior; assistive technology; minority issues; cognitively focused interventions; and teacher shortages. Figure 2 displays graphically these main focus areas. Many articles also contained secondary topic areas as well which are displayed graphically in Figure 3.

Research articles published in Volume 79 contained a range of methodologies, including single subject, group experimental or quasi-experimental designs, descriptive research, mixed methods, secondary data analyses, surveys, and meta-analysis. …

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