It’s sad to see an old friend go, especially one that you have become very fond of over the years. On the other hand sometimes you have to let friends go if their departure means bigger and better things for them. So it is with our old friend JOLT – the MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching.
The second issue of 2015 of JOLT that will be published in June will be MERLOT’s final issue. On the one hand, while we are sad to be giving up this pioneering Open Access, peer-reviewed publication that has been part of the MERLOT family for almost 10 years, we are delighted and proud that JOLT will be merged with the Online Learning Consortium’s Online Learning Journal (formerly JALN).
You may already be aware of MERLOT’s and OLC’s joint sponsorship of the annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium (ET4Online). This new merger will broaden the cooperative efforts between our organizations. The new journal will integrate editorial staffs and retain the name Online Learning Journal (OLJ). We anticipate that the combined efforts will extend reach, improve quality, and result in increased efficiencies for both OLC and MERLOT.
So while we at MERLOT will still retain the archives of all previously published JOLT articles, all new submissions and publications of OLJ will be maintained by OLC. OLJ will also be an Open Access publication.
The MERLOT staff greatly appreciates all the work that has been done by so many volunteers over the years, to invent JOLT and to make it the success it became. And we intend to work together with our good friends at OLC to continue our efforts with the Online Learning Journal.
For more information on the merger or to submit a manuscript to OLJ, visit their site at http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/news_item/online-learning-consortium-merlot-merge-scholarly-journals/.
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