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Editors Appointed for JEBS

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Sandip Sinharay

Matthew Johnson

Sandip Sinharay and Matthew Johnson were recently appointed to three-year terms as coeditors of the Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics (JEBS). JEBS is owned by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and sponsored by the ASA. Sinharay and Johnson will serve for the 2011 to 2013 volume years.

Editors are selected on the basis of recognized scholarship with background and interests appropriate for JEBS. The new editors have extensive experience in researching and publishing in statistics and educational testing, and both are current members of the JEBS editorial board.

Sinharay is senior research scientist at Educational Testing Service (ETS) in the Center for Statistical Theory and Practice, where he has held several positions since 2001. He is a recipient of several awards from ETS and the National Council on Measurement in Education. He has served on other journal editorial boards, including those of the Journal of Educational Measurement (JEM) and Educational and Psychological Measurement (EPM). He coedited Handbook of Statistics, Volume 26: Psychometrics and is editing the statistics section of the upcoming third edition of the International Encyclopedia of Education. He has published in numerous statistics and measurement journals—including JEBS, JEM, EPM, and Psychometrika—and has contributed chapters to numerous books. Sinharay holds an MStat from the Indian Statistical Institute and an MS and PhD in statistics from Iowa State University.

JEBS Increases to Six Issues per Year
With the 2010 volume year, the Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics (JEBS) went from a quarterly to a bimonthly journal. The frequency change was implemented along with an increase in published pages. The American Educational Research Association (AERA) undertook these changes because of substantial increases in its manuscript submission rate in 2008 and 2009.

    JEBS has been published since 1976 in collaboration with the ASA. In 1994, it changed its name from Journal of Educational Statistics to incorporate a broader scope that includes behavioral statistics. The journal began online publication in 2007, including the ability to publish accepted manuscripts digitally before they appear in print. In 2008, manuscript submissions increased by nearly 20% from the previous year; in 2009, the rate increased by 60%. With an acceptance rate of only 10%, JEBS’s upcoming changes ensure its ability to publish research of merit for the benefit of its readership.

      Subscription costs will not increase for AERA or ASA members, but will increase modestly for institutional subscribers.

      Johnson is associate professor of statistics and education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Previously, he held positions at ETS and in the department of statistics and computer information systems at Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY). He has received awards from ETS and CUNY and served as an associate editor for Psychometrika for more than five years. Johnson has published numerous journal articles—including in JEBS and Psychometrika—and several book chapters. He holds a PhD and MS in statistics from Carnegie Mellon University.

      Sinharay and Johnson will begin to receive manuscripts on July 1 and become editors of record in January of 2011, succeeding editor David Rindskopf of CUNY.

      JEBS publishes papers that develop original statistical methods applicable to educational or behavioral research. Typical papers present new methods of analysis. In addition, critical reviews of current practice, tutorial presentations of less well-known methods, and novel applications of already-known methods may appear. Click here to submit a manuscript.

      Now published bimonthly (see “JEBS Increases to Six Issues per Year”), JEBS is a premier journal in the field, with its articles widely read and cited. In 2008, Journal Citation Reports ranked JEBS’s scholarly impact as seventh out of 112 education and education research journals. JEBS also was ranked eighth out of 37 social science mathematical methods journals and fourth out of 11 mathematical psychology journals.

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