Academic journal article Higher Learning Research Communications

Editorial

Academic journal article Higher Learning Research Communications

Editorial

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In 2016, Higher Learning Research Communication (HLRC) celebrates its 6-year anniversary. The journal is a collaborative effort amongst Universidad Andrés Bello (Chile), Universidad Europea de Madrid (Spain), Istanbul Bilgi University (Turkey), and Walden University (United States). These four institutions started this journal to provide scholarly focus on international research in higher education, teaching and learning, education policy and practice, and internationalization. It was important that the journal be open access, so that everyone could have immediate and unrestricted access to the latest research. It was also important that the journal be multilingual; we have accepted manuscripts for review in Brazilian Portuguese, European Portuguese, Latin American Spanish, European Spanish, and English. The language capacity of the staff is truly amazing.

As I begin my first year as Chief Editor, I have had the time to reflect on the many accomplishments of HLRC. HLRC has published 88 essays, articles, lections, book reviews, and editorials. Several special issues have been published, including Accreditation (2012); Tourism, Hospitality and Leisure in a Globalized World (2012); Selected Papers from the International Conference on Teaching and Learning (2013); International Perspectives on Retention (2014); and English Medium Instruction (EMI) and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) (2015). We have been fortunate to have essays by scholars such as Drummond Bone, Internationalization (2011); Bill Plater, Quality Assurance (2013); Rogerio Meneghini, Scielo and Open Access Journals (2013); Watson Swail, A Different Viewpoint on Student Retention (2014); and Gonzalo Fernandez-Sanchez, María Olga Bernaldo, Ana Castillejo, and Ana María Manzanero, Education for Sustainable Development in Higher Education: State-of-the-art, Barriers, and Challenges (2014). I greatly appreciate the breadth of scholarship on the latest higher education practices and authors who are writing on issues that are important and relevant to the higher education landscape.

We have also seen some great improvements in our metrics. For example, due to some changes to our website in 2015, we saw a significant increase in visits to the HLRC site and more citations. We have averaged about a 53% acceptance rate, which reflects our adherence to quality standards for publication. …

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