[Rasch] Journal of applied measurement

Matt Schulz mschulz at pacificmetrics.com
Fri Jan 30 02:53:49 EST 2009

You make excellent points, Greg.  When I worked at ACT I asked the library
there to subscribe to certain journals such as JAM and to purchase books
published by JAM and MESA press.  They complied with all my requests.  I
suppose the libraries of most colleges, universities, and testing companies
will do the same for their employees.  That's one way to help the journal
and yourself at the same time.  Also, I would like to suggest that JAM make
the full contents of its articles available on its website for a fee.    



From: rasch-bounces at acer.edu.au [mailto:rasch-bounces at acer.edu.au] On Behalf
Of Stone, Gregory
Sent: Thursday, January 29, 2009 9:14 AM
To: Deidra Young; Andrej Kastrin; rasch at acer.edu.au
Subject: RE: [Rasch] Journal of applied measurement


Commenting on this string, here are a few thoughts.

Publishing a journal is a terribly expensive endeavor.  Subscriptions are
available and JAM would welcome those requests.

One of the issues facing all journals and confounding efforts to ensure
access through libraries, etc. is the unfair and generally silly ratings of
journals.  These ratings are based almost exclusively on number of
subscriptions.  Lots of subscriptions = a great journal, according to this
rating system.  Many university libraries unfortunately work from this
listing during their approval process, and decline to subscribe for this
reason.  Without library (or personal) subscriptions, it is difficult to
disseminate the journal.  Most university system libraries have mechanisms
for requesting subscriptions.  I suggest that faculty make such requests.
This would allow easy access to all faculty and students.

Additionally, those search engines with full PDF journal articles that
many/most universities offer are not free.  In fact, they are quite
expensive.  Libraries in Ohio, for instance, pay hefty subscription fees to
"Ohio Link" (our version of this system).  Ohio Link serves as a
clearinghouse.  They, in turn, pay the journal for this right.  Journals
cannot continue to operate without funding, and no journal I am aware of
provides a completely free service.  Springer, LEA, Sage, etc. all charge
fees either directly to the user for single articles or via a site license
through clearinghouse systems.  I cannot speak to whether inclusion of JAM
would be considered for inclusion by the clearinghouses or not.  Again, they
often work through the ranking system.

I agree that access is very important, for many reasons.  I'm certain
suggestions would be welcomed.

Gregory E. Stone, Ph.D., M.A.

Associate Professor of Research and Measurement
Judith Herb College of Education   University of Toledo, MS #921
Toledo, OH 43606   419-530-7224

-----Original Message-----
From: rasch-bounces at acer.edu.au on behalf of Deidra Young
Sent: Thu 1/29/2009 12:45 AM
To: Andrej Kastrin; rasch at acer.edu.au
Subject: RE: [Rasch] Journal of applied measurement

Just to reflect on this request.  The Journal of Applied Measurement is a
useful journal which is almost totally inaccessible electronically.  If
anyone else has had a problem with accessing this journal, perhaps they
could voice their concern at this forum.  If we could download articles in
pdf format, the articles would be more readily available, especially to
those in developing countries.  Here in Australia I could not access this
journal via the university library or via any of the usual subscriptions.  I
had to plead with Everett to send me photocopies of the articles I was
after.  This journal has the potential to have great influence, but if
no-one can read the articles easily, then it seems to me to have a limited

I am interested in the promotion and distribution of Rasch articles but have
decided to publish in the medical journals which are easy to access around
the world.  Perhaps others may have a comment to make about access to this
journal?  We can't subscribe to all journals and university access is a much
better way to search for articles and download them (for research and
teaching purposes).

Kind regards,


Deidra Young, PhD
Senior Research Officer
School of Psychology
Curtin University of Technology
GPO Box U1987
Perth WA 6845
Tel: +61 8 9266 3015
Fax: +61 8 9266 2464
Mobile: 0401 107 164
Email: D.Young at curtin.edu.au


From: rasch-bounces at acer.edu.au on behalf of Andrej Kastrin
Sent: Thu 29/01/2009 16:55
To: rasch at acer.edu.au
Subject: [Rasch] Journal of applied measurement

Dear all,

I know it's not the right place to ask such an inappropriate and
impolite question, but nevertheless, I may try.

I'm looking for an article "Establishing mathematical laws of genomic
variation" published in the Journal of applied measurement 2004;5(1):1-14.

Could somebody help me...

Best regards, Andrej
Rasch mailing list
Rasch at acer.edu.au

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