2015 Annual Report and Upcoming Changes


Dear Readers,

The year 2015 has been productive for EPAA/AAPE, as this year's annual report details below. The journal is also at the end of one cycle and beginning another, with a new editorial team.


Thank you for contributing to our success, and we look forward to the new changes ahead in 2016.


We wish you very Happy Holidays and send a special thanks to our Volume 23 (2015) authors, reviewers, and guest editors!



Gustavo E. Fischman (outgoing Lead Editor) & Audrey Amrein-Beardsley (incoming Lead Editor)



128 articles were published in (124 in 2014)
21 articles in Portuguese (24 in 2014)
23 articles in Spanish (39 in 2014)
84 articles in English (62 in 2014)
204 authors from 13 countries
342 reviewers collaborated with EPAA/AAPE
20 video-commentaries posted on the YouTube channel of EPAA/AAPE
6 special issues published



4,077 subscribers to our listserv (increase from 3,386 subscribers in 2014)


Using Google Analytics EPAA/AAPE has 118,026 users (26% increase from 93,704 in 2014)


Public Knowledge Project (PKP) Publishing reports 79,276 total views of EPAA/AAPE articles during 2015, with an average of 861 views per article.


Several EPAA/AAPE articles were featured or mentioned in news media outlets (The New York Times, Inside Higher Education, Prospects, Argentinean Scientific Council Newsletter, among others)

EPAA/AAPE has an average weekly reach of 400 Facebook followers, with a total of 1.3K likes and 876 Twitter followers - follow us @epaa_aape!




Submissions received during 2015: 341 (310 in 2014)

Submissions rejected by editorial board 150 (108 in 2014)

Submissions rejected after peer-review 163 (101 in 2014)

Submissions accepted for publication 88 (53 in 2014)

Submissions still under review 127

Acceptance Rate 16%


Time to Publication

7 days (interval for publication)

48 days to review (average time for contacting authors with letters of acceptance/rejection)

147 days to publication (average time between reception, revision and publication)



Using the H-index of Google Scholar EPAA/AAPE is the highest ranked Open Access journal in the "education policy" category and one of the top 10 education policy journals. With an h5 median of 32 EPAA/AAPE ranked 3rd and using the h5-index 18 ranked 7th in the field of education policy. EPAA/AAPE articles have been cited 5268 times since 2010.


EPAA/AAPE is systematically increasing the number of articles published and the H-index that indicates the citations of the articles published (2013/h5= 13; 2014/ h5= 15; and 2015/h5= 18).


EPAA/AAPE has comparable trajectories with the six journals ranked higher than EPAA/AAPE, specially if we consider that those journals: have longer histories; are sponsored by large organizations (AERA, Taylor & Francis, MIT Press); have paid subscriptions; are administered and marketed by large publishers; and are sold as part of bundles of journals.


EPAA/AAPE is listed by more than 20 scholarly indexing agencies, including Scopus, Pubmed, Directory of Open Access Journals, EBSCOHost, Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Outlet Ranking, Redalyc (Mexico), and Qualis (Brazil).


Using Scopus, EPAA/AAPE's H-Index is 32 (29 in 2014) (The H-index indicates average citations) and is in the Quartile 2 of the SCImago Journal Rankings (SJR).


Using the H index of the SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) EPAA/AAPE is ranked #73 among 318 US education journals and #135 among the 914 worldwide ranked journals in education. According to our own estimates, EPAA/AAPE continues to be the top Open Access journal in education ranked on the SJR and Google Scholar metrics.




A New Paradigm for Educational Accountability (3-part): (1) Accountability for Meaningful Learning; (2) Accountability for Professional Practice; (3) Accountability for Resources and Outcomes

Guest Editors: Linda Darling-Hammond and Jon Snyder


Educação Especial: Diferenças, Currículo e Processos de Ensino e Aprendizagem/Special Education: Differences and Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning Processes

Guest Editors: Márcia Denise Pletsch and Geovana Mendonça Lunardi Mendes


Teach For All and Global Teacher Education Reform

Guest Editors: Daniel Friedrich and Rolf Straubhaar


New Public Management and the New Professional: Compliance, Appropriation and Resistance

Guest Editors: Gary Anderson and Kathryn Herr


Etnografía y Sociolingüística de la Interacción/Ethnographic and Sociolinguistic Interactions

Guest Editors: Virginia Unamuno and Ana Heras


Knowledge Brokers in Education: How Intermediary Organizations Are Bridging the Gap Between Research, Policy and Practice Internationally

Guest Editors: Amanda Cooper and Samantha Shewchuk




Editorial support for EPAA/AAPE has been provided by edXchange, a knowledge mobilization initiative supported by Arizona State University's Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College.


Upcoming Special Issues in 2016


Models of Open Education in Higher Education

Guest Editors: Lisa Petrides and Cynthia Jimes


Stephen J. Ball y la Investigación Sobre Políticas Educativas en América Latina

Guest Editor: Jason Beech


Teach For America: Politics, Leadership, Student Achievement, and Race

Guest Editors: Tina Trujillo and Janelle Scott


Education for Global Citizenship: Democratic Visions and Future Directions

Guest Editor: John Myers


Discursive Perspectives on Education Policy Implementation, Adaptation, and Learning

Guest Editors: Jessica Nina Lester, Chad R Lochmiller, and Rachael Gabriel,


English Language Teaching in Public Primary Schools in Latin America

Guest Editors: José Luis Ramírez-Romero and Peter Sayer


Changes in Editorships and Staff


Beginning in 2016, EPAA/AAPE will welcome a new Lead Editor, a new Executive Editor, and a team of new Associate Editors. The new editorial team is composed of:


Editors for English, Spanish, and Portuguese


Dr. Audrey Amrein-Beardsley of Arizona State University will serve as Lead Editor, after serving as Associate Editor from 2013 to 2015

Dr. Gustavo E. Fischman of Arizona State University will serve as Executive Editor, after serving as Lead Editor from 2010-2015


Associate Editors for English

Dr. Sherman Dorn, Arizona State University, USA
Dr. David Garcia, Arizona State University, USA
Dr. Oscar Jiménez-Castellanos, Arizona State University, USA
Dr. Eugene Judson, Arizona State University, USA
Dr. Jeanne Powers, Arizona State University, USA


Associate Editors for Spanish

Dr. Armando Alcántara, UNAM, México
Dr. Jason Beech, Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina
Dr. Antonio Luzon, Universidad de Granada, España

Associate Editors for Portuguese

Dr. Geovana M. Lunardi Mendes, Universidade do Estado de Santa Catarina, Brazil

Dr. Marcia Pletsch, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Dr. Sandra Regina Sales, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil




EPAA/AAPE recognizes the following Associate Editors who are stepping down in 2016:

Dr. Alejandro Canales of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México served as Associate Editor for Spanish Language from 2010 to 2015

Dr. Jesus Romero Morante of the Universidad de Cantabria served as Associate Editor for Spanish Language from 2010 to 2015

Dr. Rosa Maria Bueno Fisher from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul served as Associate Editor for Portuguese Language from 2010 to 2015

Dr. Luis A. Gandin from the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul served as Associate Editor for Portuguese Language from 2010 to 2015


We would like to thank the following Managing Editors for their service in 2015:


Dr. Amy Marcetti Topper, Arizona State University Alumni
Amanda U. Potterton, Arizona State University


We would also like to recognize the following Volunteers for their service in 2015: 

Dr. Hui Zou, Arizona State University Alumni
Marta Estelles-Frade, Universidad de Cantabria