The Journal for Research in Mathematics Education has the reputation of being one of the top journals worldwide that publishes mathematics education research. The task of analyzing the viability of a manuscript as a potential JRME article naturally leads to the question: What is the purpose of publishing papers in a mathematics education research journal?
Glendon W. Blume, M. Kathleen Heid and Rose Mary Zbiek
Steven R. Williams and Keith R. Leatham
We present the results of 2 studies, a citation-based study and an opinion-based study, that ranked the relative quality of 20 English-language journals that exclusively or extensively publish mathematics education research. We further disaggregate the opinion-based data to provide insights into variations in judgment of journal quality based on geographic location, journal affiliations and publishing records, and experience in the field. We also report factors that survey respondents indicated were important indicators of journal quality. Finally, we compare our results to previous related rankings and conclude by discussing how our results might inform authors, editors, and evaluators in their efforts to publish and recognize quality research in mathematics education.
Among mathematics education research journals, JRME is unique. Because the Editorial Panel is a committee of NCTM, the question of how JRME can best contribute to the overall mission of the Council is a crucial one. The question is not whether JRME plays such a role but can JRME, a major research journal, do more to support NCTM's goals? This question is timely, because a focus on research is one of the strategic initiatives set for NCTM by the Board of Directors. Coupled with the current political climate, this initiative has led to an increased push to provide credible, research-based answers to questions generated by teachers, administrators, policymakers, and parents.
The Journal for Research in Mathematics Education is distinctive among scholarly journals for many reasons, one of which is its roots within the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), an organization of practicing teachers. Because both the Council and the community of mathematics education researchers have so fully supported its development, JRME has grown in both stature and size until its branches reach far beyond its North American roots. Today, JRME has international prominence and is viewed as one of the top mathematics education research journals. Its authors, reviewers, and readers include many in the international research community. As has been the policy with previous editors, we do our best to see that each manuscript is evaluated by at least one researcher from outside the United States. I believe this policy has significantly strengthened JRME's contribution to the scholarly conversation in our field.
Glendon W. Blume
Because JRME is a research journal, its value to those who conduct research in mathematics education is obvious. What may not be as obvious, however, is that JRME articles also have the potential to benefit another audience, namely, mathematics education practitioners. Research articles in JRME (and those in other mathematics education research journals, as well) can offer to practitioners helpful information and a variety of tools that have the potential to be useful in their work. The variety of “practitioners” who can benefit from research articles in JRME includes those who teach mathematics at the prekindergarten through collegiate levels, teacher educators who work with prospective mathematics teachers at any of those levels, mathematics coaches or supervisors who serve as school- or district-based leaders for groups of mathematics teachers, teacher educators who engage in-service mathematics teachers in professional development, and even researchers who teach others about mathematics education research.
Fifty years is a small step for human history but a giant leap for a mathematics education research journal. In 2020, JRME marches into its 50th anniversary and NCTM celebrates its centennial. I cannot think of a better occasion for looking back
Toya Jones Frank
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M. Kathleen Heid
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