Dear Readers and Authors of the Online Journal “International Dialogues on Education: Past and Present”,
This NEWS is a kind of farewell letter. I founded the Journal in 2014, and I’ve been working for it since then as Editor-in-Chief, with the help of Olaf Beuchling (Germany), Erika Hasebe-Ludt (Canada), Arthur K. Ellis (USA), Robin Jung-Cheng Chen (Taiwan), Alexander Golz (Germany), David Whybra (Great Britain and Germany), Roman Beliutin (Russia), Chong Jiong Wang (China), Oleg R. Zayakin (Russia), Madelaine Saalmann (Germany), Elizabeth Ebersole (USA) and other members of the Editorial Board. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me in my editorial work through understanding, responsibility and reliability.
Special thanks also go to the previous sponsoring universities, the Society of Friends and Supporters of the Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg (Germany), the National Chengchi University (Taiwan) and its College of Education (in cooperation with the Institute of Guanxiology), the Seattle Pacific University (USA) as well as private supporters from Germany, e.g. the educationalists Hein Retter, Olga Graumann, Dietmar Waterkamp and others.
With all this support we were able to keep the contributions for IDE free of charge for the authors.
Since the turn of the year 2020/21, I have begun to hand over the management of the Journal to younger colleagues. This change of management had been planned for some time, but was and will also be shaped in the context of the Corona crisis with its new educational and technical challenges.
This editorial change has not only to do with my age, but also with the need to have more time for own, long-neglected research projects.
Looking back, I can say that my work as editor-in-chief was, of course, often under pressure of time, time-consuming, and so on – how could it be different? However, at the same time, it always went hand in hand with enriching experiences in the editing of international scientific and academic articles. Through this work I had the opportunity to enter upon many inspiring co-operations and form friendships with people from all over the world. I will continue to serve on the Editorial Board but in a position that better suits my current situation as a retiree who now needs more time to continue his own research projects.
My work for the IDE-Journal has also confirmed the universal truth that nothing is so good that it cannot be improved. A certain tension between what is worth continuing or improving will remain part of our work. My successors will accomplish this task in their own way, maintaining what is tried and tested and combining it with useful and interesting innovations.
As you already know, a working group of the editorial board consisting of Arthur K. Ellis (USA), Robin Chen (Taiwan) and Reinhard Golz (Germany) was able to hand over the leadership of the Journal to David Wicks (Seattle Pacific University, USA), who is working on redesigning the Journal. He will complete this process by the end of June this year. Until then, he will also be informing you in more detail about editorial changes and, in particular, about the deadline for the submission of new contributions and the date of publication of the next issue.
Complementary to this, potential authors can already send their contributions to the editorial board. It is also important to know that all articles published so far in the IDE Journal will continue to be available free of charge.
Potential future authors of articles, book reviews, and research reports can and should address questions primarily to the new Editor-in-Chief, and for the time being also to the Senior Editors of our journal, Arthur K. Ellis or Robin Jung-Cheng Chen, whose e-mail addresses you will find in the Editorial Board.
As always the members of the Editorial Board look forward to further high-quality articles, essays, book reviews, conference reports and information on research and teaching projects.
(IDE Editor-in-Chief from 2014 to December 2020)