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State and Local Government Review: Podcasts, Young Scholar Outreach Program, Article Visibility and Impact, Social Media

SLGR Podcasts
            The first podcast for 2015 has been completed and is already accessible.  The focus of the podcast is Bruce J. Perlman (Governance Matters Editor and University of New Mexico) and J. Edwin Benton’s (Managing Editor and University of South Florida) Governance Matters article (“Devolutionary Realignment:  Shedding Services, Ad Hoc Collaboration, and Political Reconfiguration:  Expert Panel Comments on Michael Abels’ Article, “Strategic Alignment for the New Normal:  Collaboration, Sustainability, and Deliberation in Local Government Across Boundaries’”) that appeared in the September 2014 (Vol. 46, No. 3) issue of SLGR.  Panelists— Ms. Michele Baker (County Administrator, Pasco County Florida), Mr. Rod Gould (City Manager, Santa Monica, California), Mr. Mike Wilkes (City Manager, Olathae, Kansas), Mr. David Krings (Administrator, Village of Lockland, Ohio), and Mr. Peter Crichton (County Manager, Cumberland County, Maine)—were interviewed by J. Edwin Benton and asked to provide an assessment of the utility of Dr. Abels’ (University of Central Florida) article, as well as identify and discuss the current challenges faced by their respective local governments. 
            Podcast Editor, Anne Williamson (University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa), is proposing at least two or more additional podcasts in 2015 from among the following articles:
·         2014 Special Issue on “Emerging from the Great Recession” (quite possibly two here)
·         “Research Partnerships: Bridging the Academic-Practitioner Divide” by Opp et al.
·         “Underfunding Annual Pension Contributions: Examining the Drivers of an Ongoing Fiscal  Phenomenon” by Thom and Randazzo
All eight SLGR Podcasts can be accessed from the State and Local Government Reviewwebsite at:  http://slg.sagepub.com.
(See attached list)
Young Scholar Outreach Program
To date, the Young Scholar Outreach Program, that is designed to assist doctoral students seeking job placements and new faculty with a position at the instructor, assistant professor, or beginning associate professor level to get published in academia, is off to an excellent start.  Around twenty people have already contacted Dr. Scicchitano seeking guidance since the Program was launched in the Spring of 2014, and three manuscripts originating from the Program have either been published or awaiting publication in SLGR.  They are as follows:
·         “Political Trust in the American States” by Aaron C. Weinschenk and David J. Helpap (March 2015, Vol. 47, No. 1 Issue)
·         Morality Politics and Municipal LGBT Policy Adoption: A Rare Event Analysis” (March 2015, Vol. 47, No. 1 Issue)
·         “Government by Advice: Public Participation and Policymaking through Advisory Ballot Measures” by Todd Ely (June 2015, Vol.47, No. 2 Issue)
Persons having questions or wanting to participate in the program are encouraged to send an email to SLGR Editor Michael Scicchitano at mscicc@ufl.edu  or call him at (352) 846-2874. 
SLGR Articles:  Visibility and Impact
As evidenced by information and data regularly collected and analyzed by SLGR’s publisher (Sage Publications), there is growing recognition of the journal as a respected outlet for scholarly research.  Three indicators are most important in gauging a journal’s success—online usage, article citations in other journals, acceptance rate of manuscripts. 
As to online usage of SLGR, there are positive and encouraging signs that scholars (as well as practitioners) are checking out the journal for useful articles that are relevant for one’s research.  More specifically, information on downloads of SLGR articles indicates that full-text downloads of increased from 17,881 in 2012 to 18,921 (a 5.8% increase) and from 18,921 in 2013 to 19,780 in 2014 (a 4.5 % increase).  This importance of these information takes on added significance since, according to Sage Publications, university librarians continually monitor statistics on how often a journal is being accessed and use this information when they make their renewal and cancellation decisions
Detailed Summary of Online Usage Activity for 2012 – 2014
Online usage statistics
2012
Full-text
downloads*
2013
Full-text
downloads*
2014
Full-text
downloads*
Jan
1,100
Jan
2,082
Jan
1,246
Feb
1,325
Feb
1,568
Feb
1,713
Mar
1,394
Mar
1,471
Mar
2,249
Apr
2,190
Apr
1,906
Apr
1,956
May
1,697
May
1,185
May
1,363
Jun
981
Jun
1,105
Jun
1,230
Jul
907
Jul
1,061
Jul
1,058
Aug
1,019
Aug
1,370
Aug
954
Sep
1,547
Sep
1,883
Sep
2,284
Oct
2,862
Oct
2,386
Oct
2,405
Nov
1,773
Nov
1,723
Nov
2,072
Dec
1,086
Dec
1,181
Dec
1,250
Total
17,881
Total
18,921
Total
19,780
* Full-text downloads include both HTML and PDF article usage
** Total accesses include: abstract, home page, and TOC views; searches; and, article downloads
The following chart shows the total number of accesses to SLGR per month since 2012.
SLGRis also making noteworthy progress in having the journal’s articles cited by scholars who publish in other journals.  In the last few years, SLGR articles being cited in Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Administration & Society, American Review of Public Administration, Canadian Public Administration, Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Urban Affairs,International Journal of Public Administration, State Politics & Policy Quarterly,  Publius:  The Journal of Federalism, Public Performance & Management, Urban Studies, Urban Geography, Policy Studies Journal, and International Journal of Communication(note the diversity of journals that suggests the multi-disciplinary appeal of SLGR).  This is important because an increase in citations of SLGRarticles in other journals (but especially, more prestigious ones) can result in great visibility for and more credence placed in the stature of the journal; this phenomenon is measured by a statistic referred to as “impact factor.”  The estimated impact factor (IF) is calculated by taking the total number of citations in a given year to journal articles published in the previous two years, and dividing it by the total number of articles published in the journal in those same two years.  SLGR’s 2013 estimated impact factor was 0.098.  In 2014 the journal’s estimated impact factor was 0.192. Therefore, the 2014 IF for SLGR represents a 96% increase from 2013.
The final important factor in determining a journal’s success and academic respectability is the acceptance of manuscripts.  Here too, SLGR continues to make great strides.  The SLGR acceptance rate is measured by the number of manuscript of general interest accepted in a given year by the number of those articles submitted for consideration during the same year.  In 2014, SLGRreceived 80 manuscripts of general interest, with 8 of those being accepted for publication.
This results in an acceptance rate of 10%.  Over the last decade, the acceptance rate for SLGR averaged around 16%.  It is worth noting that the acceptance ratio of SLGR compares favorably with other journals in the field:  Public Administration Review(15%), Administrative Science Quarterly(11%), American Review of Public Administration (17%), Administration and Society (20%), and International Journal of Public Administration (30%). 
As you complete your research projects, please remember that the SLGR website has a very effective search engine.  You can insert key words related to your research and quickly find relevant articles.  This will strengthen you research as well as increase the visibility of State and Local.
SLGR Social Media
Our reach, engagement, and mentions on social media continue to grow each month on Facebook (facebook.com/SLGReview) and twitter (@SLGReview). To better integrate content across social media platforms, we launched our blog (slgrjournal.wordpress.com) with a formal
announcement of the SLGR 2015 Special Issue. We hope this new blog will provide an online venue for more in-depth discussions of SLGR articles and podcasts, including Question & Answer sessions with authors and further interaction between authors, editors, and readers. Please join the SLGR discussion online!Our reach, engagement, and mentions on social media continue to grow
each month on Facebook (facebook.com/SLGReview) and twitter
(@SLGReview). To better integrate content across social media platforms,
we launched our blog (slgrjournal.wordpress.com) with a formal
announcement of the SLGR 2015 Special Issue. We hope this new blog will
provide an online venue for more in-depth discussions of SLGR articles
and podcasts, including Question & Answer sessions with authors and
further interaction between authors, editors, and readers. Please join
the SLGR discussion online!Our reach, engagement, and mentions on social media continue to grow
each month on Facebook (facebook.com/SLGReview) and twitter
(@SLGReview). To better integrate content across social media platforms,
we launched our blog (slgrjournal.wordpress.com) with a formal
announcement of the SLGR 2015 Special Issue. We hope this new blog will
provide an online venue for more in-depth discussions of SLGR articles
and podcasts, including Question & Answer sessions with authors and
further interaction between authors, editors, and readers. Please join
the SLGR discussion online!Our reach, engagement, and mentions on social media continue to grow
each month on Facebook (facebook.com/SLGReview) and twitter
(@SLGReview). To better integrate content across social media platforms,
we launched our blog (slgrjournal.wordpress.com) with a formal
announcement of the SLGR 2015 Special Issue. We hope this new blog will
provide an online venue for more in-depth discussions of SLGR articles
and podcasts, including Question & Answer sessions with authors and
further interaction between authors, editors, and readers. Please join
the SLGR discussion online!


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