By Reinhard Golz (August, 2020)
Dear Readers and Authors,
I founded the IDE journal in 2014, and I’ve been working for the Journal since then as Editor-in-Chief, with the help of Olaf Beuchling (Germany), Erika Hasebe-Ludt (Canada), Oleg Zayakin (Russia), Arthur K. Ellis (USA), Robin Jung-Cheng Chen (Taiwan), David Whybra (Great Brittain and Germany) and other members of the Editorial Board. I would like to thank everyone who has supported me in my editorial work for seven years now 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 College of Education (in cooperation with the Institut of Guanxiology), National Chengchi University (Taiwan), the Seattle Pacific University (USA) as well as private supporters from Germany, the educationalists Hein Retter, Olga Graumann and Dietmar Waterkamp.
With all this support we were able to keep the contributions for IDE free of charge for the authors.
If I am now preparing to hand over the management to younger colleagues in the course of this year, it has little to do with reasons of age (I’m “only” 77…). The main reason for this change is the need to have more time available for my own research projects.
My work as Editor-in-Chief was, of course, often stressful, time-consuming etc.; how could it have been any different? However, at the same time, it always went hand in hand with enriching experiences in the editing of international scientific 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, and these I will continue to maintain, also because I will continue to serve on the editorial board, but in a position that better suits my current situation.
Of course, 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 being continued or improved will remain part of our work. This brings me to the two colleagues who will jointly undertake the responsibilities as Editors-in-Chief from now on. They will fulfill this task in their own way, retaining the tried and tested and combining it with useful and interesting innovations:
- Andrea Eickhoff Óhidy, Dr., Prof., Intercultural Education, the University of Educational Sciences, Freiburg (Germany) and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Hungary); contact: email@example.com
- Sophia Shi-Huei HO, Dr., Prof., Educational Administration and Evaluation, the University of Taipei (Taiwan); contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
From now on, IDE authors can contact Andrea Óhidy and Sophia HO with regard to the next issues, and I myself am also still available for editorial questions and problems in preparation for the next IDE issue, which will be published in November/December 2020.
The next issue of IDE will be edited by Sophia HO and Andrea Óhidy, together with Arthur K. Ellis. One part of this issue will consist of articles on the impact of the Corona crisis on educational innovation. These are elaborated papers for a recent symposium held by Seattle Pacific University under the direction of Arthur K. Ellis.
Another part will contain contributions that were also completed in the “Corona Year” 2020, but which follow the usual, thematically broad orientation of the IDE-Journal. The authors of contributions to both parts are hereby once again asked to pay attention to the information already published, e.g. in the Editorial of the last issue as well as in a Call for Papers.
It is extremely important that contributions are sent in as early as possible due to changes in the context of the Corona crisis and additional editorial tasks. In certain mails the deadline of 15 September 2020 for sending contributions was mentioned. In view of the overall situation, however, we are sticking to the deadline of 15 October 2020 as previously determined in corresponding IDE links mentioned above.
However, our request that contributions be sent in as early as possible remains and is hereby reiterated. Last but not least, I would like to remind the authors that the formal instructions of IDE must be followed as closely as possible.
(IDE Editor-in-Chief from 2014 to August/September 2020)