Volume 1 - No. 1 December, 1995.
Welcome to the present, and thank you for joining us.
This first issue represents the end of some fourteen months of dreams, hopes, frustrations and determination. And while a sense of achievement can be claimed it is only a beginning that you are witnessing.
The philosophy of this journal can be viewed from the background page. Those of you who have read it may be surprised to see that the opening articles are not immediately education related. In a sense this is true, and this beginning in part does not sit within the landscape that the AEJNE wishes to traverse. There is, however, method in this madness. In the same way that this journal represents a historical milestone in nursing (the first solely electronic format nursing journal devoted to education) the Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing (AJAN) was an important milestone in nursing scholarship in this country. The AJAN's birth and development mirrored the evolution of nursing education in the Australian higher education sector. For several years it was the principal (or only) local refereed scholarly publication within Australia. Many of the topics and authors came from within the new and growing halls of nursing Academe. To be published in Australia was to be published in the AJAN. So it seemed somehow appropriate that the "new kid on the block" should begin its life by paying tribute to this important member of the nursing literature family. Hence the first three refereed articles are an analysis of the what and the who of publication in the first ten years of the AJAN.
As mentioned above, this is (we hope) only a beginning. With the growing interest in the potential of the INTERNET there will be much development in the area of electronic scholarly publishing. The AEJNE is committed to its role as a repository for nursing knowledge as it relates to teaching and learning. Further, we are committed to exploring the potential of electronic publishing, and to this end the issue that you read in a years time will be quite different to the text intensive material that you are now viewing. Whatever happens it is going to be an interesting ride.
So thanks again. Please email me with comments or suggestions. Even more importantly send contributions. The journal will publish refereed papers, free communications (short, non-refereed papers / reports), book reviews, information about conferences, requests for help with education related research. Contributions are welcomed from around the globe.
It has taken many months to bring this first edition together. With your help the second issue can be expected much sooner.
A final word. While the AEJNE began as a single persons vision, it arrives through the work and support of many. The personnel associated with the journal are listed on the homepage. My appreciation to you all, and especially to those who have worked on this first issue.
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