Validated structure of distance education research areas
Review of research between 2000 and 2008: gaps and priority areas
Perspectives for future research</li></li></ul><li>Distance Education Journals<br /><ul><li>What are the majorjournals in the field and how can they be grouped in terms of impact and perceived quality?
How do the journals relateto eachother in a network of giving and receiving citations?
What are the mostcentral and prestigious journals in the network and which journals are peripheral or isolated?</li></li></ul><li>Structure of Distance Education Journal Network<br /><ul><li>Journals as importantcarriers of knowledge in a discipline
Research builds upon and refers to previousresearch
Previous research is acknowledged by citations
Social Network Analysis (SNA): The nodes are journals and the ties in the network are citations.
The journal network reveals relationships and patterns of scientific information exchange, the "intellectualstructure" of a discipline (Liu, 2007).</li></li></ul><li>Selected Journals<br />
Journal Citation Network<br /><ul><li>Mean citation rate across all journals: 44 ("tie density")
Standardized mean citation rate: 0.46 cites/paper </li></li></ul><li>
Perceived quality<br /><ul><li>Journal Prestige Survey: Editorial Board Members (83 of 277).
Rating scale according to Nelson, Buss & Katzko (1983): Please assign numbers to the journals listed below according to how you would rate them, where:</li></ul>5 = outstanding<br />4 = excellent<br />3 = good<br />2 = adequate<br />1 = poor<br />You may leave blanks if you do not recognize a journal.<br />