As the year 2005 is my tenth year as Editor of DEI, BATOD's association journal, I am particularly pleased to announce two exciting developments. First, it will appear quarterly, giving authors more chance to publish and taking another step to establishing it as a significant international journal. Second, after negotiations with BATOD and Whurr Publishers, the journal of AATD (the Australian Assocation of Teachers of the Deaf) will be joining forces with DEI. AATD members will receive DEI, as do BATOD members, and the British editorial team will be joined by the Australian Editor, Margaret Brown, and members of the Australian board of editorial consultants.
This situation is welcomed by us all as a mutually beneficial move. The Australian ToD and research community have for the last few years been major players in providing high quality material for DEI, and so this step consolidates their participation and further confirms DEl's international status.
A word of warning, however, is in order and as Editor, I have a request to UK researchers and ToDs. While the international trend of the journal is thriving, the same cannot be said for UK participation. A bystander reading DEI 2004 would be hard put to imagine the range and scope of British research, with teams across the UK working in audiology, early intervention and deaf education. As an Editor, I can only publish what is submitted - so I am asking you, the ToDs and other professionals working in the area, to play a role in two ways.
First, a good deal of research goes on in and around the classroom or clinic, carried out by practising professionals and quite often as the research element of their Masters degree. Masters' dissertations are very often worthy of a wider audience than just your supervisor and your examiner. So if you, or a colleague of yours, has a dissertation languishing on a shelf, please think of going just that extra stretch and turning it into an article to DEI. Second, if you are asked for access to your population of deaf children and/or students, please try to ensure that the researchers agree to disseminate their work where you can read it. Papers in medical, psychological and audiological journals do not arrive on your doorstep in the same way as your Association journal. We would like to see more British research featuring in DEI, and you, the ToDs and professionals, can encourage this.