[Rasch] Journal of applied measurement

Paul Barrett pbarrett at hoganassessments.com
Fri Jan 30 06:15:04 EST 2009

Hello Greg, 


I would have thought you could ask one of the big publishers Sage,
Elsevier, Tayor and Francis, Hogrefe etc. to take the journal under
their wing and set it up within the ScienceDirect or Ingenta or
Informaworld or Hogrefe electronic distribution systems.


Unlike a "prospective" sales pitch (!) - you have a society already
on-tap  a loyal set of instant subscribers, and a unique domain of
interest. Last time I heard (2005), the Journal of Mathematical
Psychology had only 92 subscribers!! Yet it's published loyally by
Elsevier and fully electronic etc.


I'm certain subscriptions would near double if the journal was hosted by
a mainline publisher.


Alternatively, perhaps speak with your ISP. Like mine, I'm sure they
might host/operate a secure credit card authorization cart/checkout
system - which you could set up in order that all articles from all
issues could be downloaded at least as "chargeable" items. OK - big job
to create the pdfs and create a rudimentary interface (nothing fancy - a
page per issue perhaps) .. but that would provide electronic access to
the papers. 


You could operate a two-tier charge - free to members, $30 or so to
others (as do the large publishers). I know, some database work etc. but
a good IT student (for a few $) should be able to set things up (for
member access etc.)


Just a few thoughts!


Regards .. Paul


P.S. I know _ I should be subscribing myself. When I return to the US in
June, I promise I'll subscribe again - but I'm afraid I lost interest in
all things "latent", IRT, and Rasch post-Michell and Maraun.





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From: rasch-bounces at acer.edu.au [mailto:rasch-bounces at acer.edu.au] On
Behalf Of Stone, Gregory
Sent: Friday, January 30, 2009 4:14 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

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 readership.

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

Could somebody help me...

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

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