The Journal of Education has been accepted for inclusion in Scopus, which is Elsevier’s abstract and citation database. This is good news because in the academic world of education, Scopus is seen as an important index. Journals indexed by Scopus are automatically accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training and are thus eligible to receive subsidy. Journals indexed with SciELO SA (the Scientific Electronic Library Online) and DOAJ (the Directory of Open Access Journals) are also accredited by DHET. The Journal of Education is indexed in both of these databases, which focus specifically on open access, peer-reviewed journals.
Being indexed in these three databases means that the Journal of Education is seen to be publishing quality, peer-reviewed papers on a regular basis. The more widely a journal is indexed, the more likely it is to be available in library databases, which means that published articles have a higher chance of being found, read, and, hopefully, cited. Each indexing agency reaches a slightly different audience, further widening journal exposure.
I’m aware that there is some irony in joining an Elsevier database as the journal supports an open access model and not a commercial publishing model. Commercial publishers like Elsevier and Springer profit from the free labour of academics and restrict access to our research by selling it for huge profit. However, Scopus indexing is a free service, which will increase the possibility of published articles being found through online searches. Once found, Journal of Education articles are free to download because we publish under the Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) License.
If you have published in JOE, please remember that you retain copyright and that you can share your research freely on ResearchGate or any other platform.
Editor: Journal of Education
24 March 2021