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, Oxford.

Economic Geography, published on behalf of Clark University, embarks on a new publishing partnership with Routledge.

We are proud to announce that Economic Geography (EG), published on behalf of Clark University, has entered into a new publishing partnership with Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group.

“I am delighted that Clark University has chosen Routledge, Taylor & Francis to be their publishing partner for Economic Geography. The Journal is a world class forum for research, and we are excited to work together with the University and the editorial team to further its dissemination and build on previous successes.” – Leon Heward-Mills, Global Publishing Director, Taylor and Francis Group.

A top ranked journal in the Geography and Economic categories with a 2014 Impact Factor* of 2.735, EG is a prominent and internationally recognisable journal in the field. EG is an outstanding addition to our Geography journal list, adding prestige and lustre to what is already the market-leading programme. In turn, EG will benefit from our expert knowledge of the market and its opportunities, and our high visibility within the research community.

Owned by Clark University since 1925, EG is an internationally peer-reviewed journal committed to publishing high-quality original research that makes leading-edge advances within and beyond the fields of geography, economics, management, and economic sociology and much more. EG plays a central role in supporting and advancing the field of economic geography globally.

The first issue (Volume 92, Issue 1) to be published by Routledge is now available on Taylor and Francis Online. In the issue, an Editorial written by Editor-in-Chief Jim Murphy considers this new chapter and explores the future of the journal, while thanking those who have made exceptional contributions to EG. It also features the esteemed Roepke Lecture in Economic Geography "The Right to Work, and the Right at Work" as presented by Jamie Peck at the AAG in 2015, and is accompanied by a commentary by Susan Christopherson. The issue will be free to access until the end of 2016.

 

 

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, Philadelphia.

Cold War Russian Cipher May Finally be Solved

The Soviet VIC cipher used in the early 1950s, long known for being complex and secure, may not be as impossible to crack as initially assumed.

According to a recent article published in Cryptologia, cracking the infamous Soviet VIC cipher is possible if one understands the enciphering algorithm. According to the article’s author Jozef Kollar, if one does not know the algorithm, the cipher indeed lives up to its reputation, and becomes nearly impossible to decipher.

The Soviet VIC Cipher, initially used by the Soviet spy Reino Hayhanen, was believed to be one of the most elaborate hand ciphers of its time. When the United States FBI became aware of the cipher, attempts to decipher it were met with little success. According to Kollar, the FBI was not able to crack the cipher until Hayhanen himself defected to the United States in 1957.

However, Kollar asserts that the cipher “consists of a checkerboard substitution followed by two transpositions,” and “cracking such a substitution alone is not much more difficult than cracking a simple monoalphabetic substitution.” Agent Hayhanen used five different parts in his cipher; the first four followed consistent patterns and the last was random. To crack these parts, one must follow a specific key, which includes Hayhanen’s personal information, a specific password, and the date of the Soviet victory over Japan, and three specific permutations. Kollar outlines the precise steps to decryption in his article.

Ultimately, it appears that the Soviet VIC cipher, long known for its impenetrability and difficulty, may not be as impossible to crack as initially believed. As long as one knows the enciphering algorithm, this well-known cipher could indeed be solvable. One of the biggest mysteries of its time could finally be cracked.

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THE COLLEGE ART ASSOCIATION ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NEW CAA.REVIEWS WEBSITE

The College Art Association (CAA) and Routledge are pleased to announce the launch of a new website for caa.reviews, an online, open-access journal of book and exhibition reviews in the visual arts. The website has a brand new appearance, is easier to navigate, and has faster and smarter search tools. New filters based on geography, time period, and genre or specialization allow readers to narrow and focus search results, making it easier to find exactly what you’re looking for. An important addition for the journal is a Creative Commons license (CC-BY-ND), making reviews available for redistribution if the content is unaltered and appropriate credit is given. Sharing content is easily done through social media buttons on every page.

“For over seventeen years, caa.reviews has been the only scholarly journal solely dedicated to the review of books and exhibitions. The journal would not exist without the dedication and hard work of the Council of Field Editors and caa.reviews Editorial Board, past and present, who produce 150 substantial reviews each year. CAA is grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for its original support of the journal and to Taylor & Francis for making the new version of the journal possible,” said DeWitt Godfrey, CAA President.

caa.reviews, founded in 1998, publishes timely scholarly and critical reviews of studies and projects in all areas and periods of art history, visual studies, and the fine arts, providing peer review for the disciplines served by CAA. Publications and projects reviewed include books, articles, exhibitions, conferences, digital scholarship, and other works as appropriate. In reviewing and publishing recent texts and projects, caa.reviews fosters timely, worldwide access to the intellectual and creative materials and issues of art-historical, critical, curatorial, and studio practice, and promotes the highest standards of discourse in the disciplines of art and art history. Explore the new site today at www.caareviews.org.

ABOUT CAA
The College Art Association is dedicated to providing professional services and resources for artists, art historians, and students in the visual arts. CAA serves as an advocate and a resource for individuals and institutions nationally and internationally by offering forums to discuss the latest developments in the visual arts and art history through its Annual Conference, publications, exhibitions, website, and other programs, services, and events. CAA focuses on a wide range of advocacy issues, including education in the arts, freedom of expression, intellectual-property rights, cultural heritage and preservation, workforce topics in universities and museums, and access to networked information technologies. Representing its members’ professional needs since 1911, CAA is committed to the highest professional and ethical standards of scholarship, creativity, criticism, and teaching. Learn more about CAA at www.collegeart.org.

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From a network of offices in Oxford, New York, Philadelphia, Boca Raton, Boston, Melbourne, Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo, Stockholm, New Delhi, and Johannesburg, Taylor & Francis staff members provide local expertise and support to our editors, societies, and authors and tailored, efficient customer service to our library colleagues.


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, Philadelphia.

Routledge to publish the Journal of Science Teacher Education in 2017

Taylor & Francis Group and the Association for Science Teacher Education (ASTE) are pleased to announce a new publishing partnership. Beginning with the 2017 Volume, Taylor & Francis will publish and distribute ASTE’s highly regarded Journal of Science Teacher Education under the Routledge imprint.

The Association for Science Teacher Education promotes leadership and support for professionals involved in the education and development of teachers of science at all levels. As a non-profit professional organization composed of over 800 members from countries around the globe, ASTE advances practice and policy through scholarship, collaboration, and innovation in science teacher education.

The Journal of Science Teacher Education (JSTE) publishes research and theoretical articles concerning pre-service and in-service science teacher education. JSTE adds to what we know about science teaching and learning but, most importantly, serves as a catalyst for thoughtful discussion concerning the improvement of the education of teachers in science. The journal features pragmatic articles that offer ways to improve classroom teaching and learning, professional development, and teacher recruitment and retention at pre K-16 levels.

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, Oxford.

Scientists determine how to control parasite without harming bees

The parasitic mite Varroa destructor (varroa) is generally agreed to be the greatest threat facing honey bees worldwide. Despite much research, losses continue due to lack of effective control measures and because the mite has become resistant to several commonly used chemicals. The natural product oxalic acid has been widely used in mainland Europe but surprisingly little previous research has directly compared different methods of application, their efficacies, and their adverse effects on bees.

In a paper published in the Journal of Apicultural Research, Hasan Al Toufailia, Francis Ratnieks and colleagues from the Laboratory of Apiculture and Social Insects at the University of Sussex compared three methods of applying oxalic acid under UK field conditions. They compared trickling, spraying and sublimation at three doses, using 110 honey bee colonies in winter.

They found that all three methods could give high varroa mortality. But, the sublimation method (heating crystals to vaporise them inside the hive) was superior, because it gave higher varroa mortality at lower doses. Sublimation using 2.25g of oxalic acid also resulted in significantly less worker bee mortality in the ten days after application than either trickling or spraying and in lower bee colony mortality four months later in mid spring. Colonies treated via sublimation also had greater brood area four months later than colonies treated via trickling, spraying, or control colonies.

The authors conclude: “This confirms that applying oxalic acid via sublimation in broodless honey bee colonies in winter is a highly effective way of controlling V. destructor and causes no harm to the colonies.”

IBRA Science Director Norman Carreck said: “The publication of this study is very timely, as an oxalic acid product has for the first time recently been approved in the UK, and beekeepers will want to see these results obtained under UK conditions.”

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, Philadelphia.

The Educational Forum Wins a 2015 TRENDS Award

Routledge and The Educational Forum are pleased to announce that the journal has been awarded the silver medal in the Scholarly/Technical/Scientific Journal category in the Association TRENDS All-Media Contest. 

This annual competition is held exclusively for associations. It recognizes the most creative and effective communication vehicles developed in the industry over the prior year. The journal was selected from nearly 400 entries in the association publications contest. Winners will be honored at the 37th Annual Salute to Association Excellence, which is going to be held on March 4, 2016 at the Capital Hilton in Washington DC. This year’s All-Media Contest winners will also be featured in the March issue of TRENDS and online. Congratulations to Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education and The Educational Forum on their well-deserved honor!
 

The Educational Forum is is the official journal of Kappa Delta Pi. They publish research reports and essays on diverse topics of significance to educators globally. Through the inclusion of compelling research findings and thought-provoking perspectives, The Educational Forum serves as a catalyst for stimulating and encouraging research and dialogue and for advancing and transforming education.

Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education, was founded in 1911 to foster excellence in education and to promote fellowship among those dedicated to teaching. For over a century, the Society has consistently grown, starting with a local chapter to become the international organization it is today, with an initiated membership that exceeds 1.2 million.

Learn more about TRENDS and this year's award winners here

Visit The Educational Forum home page to learn more about the journal, submit an article, subscribe, or view most read/most cited articles


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, Oxford.

New study- Digital Research Practices: The Real User Experience

Discovering and navigating digital information is part of the everyday work of today’s researcher, but what is that user experience and how could it be improved?

In a unique collaboration, Taylor & Francis is working with Loughborough University’s Library, Graduate School, and Senior Lecturer in Publishing to examine users’ experience in the digital library. The University has recruited ten PhD researchers to this project from a wide range of disciplines. The students are also at different levels in their PhD completion - from those just embarking on research to those about to complete.

Charlotte Jais is one of the students involved and she outlines her experience of digital research: “Trying to find the information that you need can be one of the most challenging things. It can be quite difficult sometimes to know where to start looking … and searching for information can be time consuming if you have several pages of search results to work through!”

Every month between November 2015 and June 2016, students are being asked a series of standard questions about the type of information they needed that month. This includes where they started it, what resources they used, and crucially the “journey” that they took to reach the resources. They are also asked to describe good features, advantages, disadvantages, frustrations, ideas they had about the information seeking experience.

An open question on a different theme is added each month; themes such as the continued relevance of print, how to develop information seeking behaviour and a comparison of three publishers’ websites. Students are assigned a mentor from the University to provide guidance and support. A focus group will also be held with participants and a wider group of researchers in March.

Graham Walton, from Loughborough University Library and a member of the project steering group* said: “Unless we understand the experiences the users have when they search for information, we will really struggle to provide the right services. It is easy to get statistics on downloads and site hits but that only gives a small part of the picture. This project will give us insight that has long been needed.”

Max Gabriel, Head of Group Digital Strategy at Taylor & Francis, comments, ‘As part of our commitment to supporting academic and library communities we intend to understand how researchers are accessing information. By working together with Loughborough University, we hope to improve the user experience of online resources in terms of discoverability, accessibility and usability.’

Tracy Roberts, Publishing Director at Taylor & Francis explained the value of this project to publishers, librarians and universities: “As publishers, we want to provide the best user experience to facilitate the research process, and we want to work with librarians and universities who are focused on improving the experience for their students. We are very pleased to be able to work with Loughborough University on this project and anticipate the outcomes being of value to all those with an interest in the wider academic, library and research communities.”  

Outcomes from the project will be disseminated in various ways during the course of this year. Meanwhile, for more details, read Graham Walton’s blog post: www.tandf.co.uk/libsite/digitalresearchpractices/ and the first of several researcher profiles of the participants: authorservices.taylorandfrancis.com/digital-research-practices-phd-profiles

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Project steering group:

  • Taylor & Francis: Tracy Roberts, Publishing Director, Arts, Humanities & Social Science Journals, Will Frass, Senior Research Executive
  • University of Loughborough Graduate School and Research Office: Dr Katryna Kalawsky, Postgraduate Research Student Development Officer; Dr Kathryn North, Head of Researcher Development; Dr Duncan Stanley, Research Staff and Student Development Adviser.
  • University of Loughborough Library: Dr Gareth Cole, Research Data Manager; Emma Walton, Director of Library Services; Dr Graham Walton , Assistant Director (Academic and User Services);  Helen Young, Academic Services Manager
  • University of Loughborough School of Arts, English and Drama: Dr Jenny Fry, Senior Lecturer

Loughborough is one of the country’s leading universities, with an international reputation for research that matters, excellence in teaching, strong links with industry, and unrivalled achievement in sport and its underpinning academic disciplines.

It has been awarded five stars in the independent QS Stars university rating scheme, putting it among the best universities in the world, and was named University of the Year in the What Uni Student Choice Awards 2015. Loughborough is consistently ranked in the top twenty of UK universities in the Times Higher Education’s ‘table of tables’ and is in the top 10 in England for research intensity. It was 2nd in the 2015 THE Student Experience Survey and was named Sports University of the Year 2013-14 by The Times and Sunday Times. In recognition of its contribution to the sector, Loughborough has been awarded seven Queen's Anniversary Prizes.

In September 2015 the University opened an additional academic campus in London’s new innovation quarter. Loughborough University London, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, offers postgraduate and executive-level education, as well as research and enterprise opportunities.

Loughborough University is equipped with a live in-house broadcast unit via the Globelynx network. To arrange an interview with one of our experts please contact the press office on 01509 223491. Bookings can be made online via www.globelynx.com

For all media enquiries contact:
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Theory Into Practice has Published a New Special Issue on “Colorism in Education”  In Winter 2016, Volume 55, Number 1

Guest Edited by Carla Monroe, Associate Editor, Intercultural Education

Individuals who laud social progress in the United States and, specifically within the nation’s educational system, have some reason to be encouraged.

Selected outcomes among people of color, such as high school graduation rates (Swanson & Lloyd, 2013) and trends in college enrollment among women (Lopez & Gonzalez-Barrera, 2014), have generally improved in recent years. Close scrutiny of the racialized sphere, however, tempers enthusiasm as educational stakeholders tend to have dramatically different experiences when race is interrogated from critical angles. In fact, ample evidence suggests that aspirations for a post-racial society are merely wishful thinking.

It is undeniable that communities of color grapple with dual systems of stratification. On one level, Blacks, Asians, Native Americans, Latinos, Multiracials, and other communities are sidelined by the pressures of racial oppression and preference. On a second level, historically-subordinated races are characterized by intraracial divides wherein dark-complexioned people, in some ways, tend to fare worse than light-complexioned members of their same race. The evidence from numerous areas such as income (Keith & Herring, 1991), wealth (Bodenhorn & Ruebeck, 2007), and dating channels (Hill, 2002) is unmistakable. Yet, amid the energies that professionals have invested in moving race to the front lines of educational theory and practice, attention to colorism is spare. Certainly race-conscious work is necessary to avert impoverished views of education and schooling.

However, muffling the color complex, or overlooking the problem entirely, allows racism’s perpetual accomplice to continue fueling vexing discrepancies within racial groups. In the tradition of Allen et al. (2000), the authors who contributed to this special issue on colorism in education have shed needed insight into the processes by which color privilege and bias may reproduce stratification.

The articles, as well as the additional resources that are provided, collectively furnish a general panorama for future race-conscious scholarship and practice. Scholastic goals will be well served by continued study of how colorism compounds racial affairs in educational and related venues.

Access a featured article from the special issue titled Histories of Colorism and Implications for Education free until March 31, 2016.

To view the complete special issue and to access other free content visit Theory Into Practice.


Theory Into Practice is the peer reviewed, scholarly journal owned by The Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology, and published by Taylor & Francis. 


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, Oxford.

Parental preference for boys damages girls’ self-esteem and happiness

While most studies of parental sex discrimination explore the devastating social and demographic effects of a cultural preference for boys, a new study examines its psychological effects on the girls themselves. 

Poh-Chua Siah, from the Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman in Malaysia, asked over 800 Chinese Malaysian children questions about their happiness, self-esteem and, most importantly, if they felt they were treated differently by their parents because of their sex.

The Chinese community in Malaysia was a good choice for such a study. Although Malaysian culture in general does not prefer one sex over the other, a preference for boys is clear among Chinese Malaysians, to the extent that sex ratio at birth in that community is now imbalanced.

Dr Siah found that perceived parental sex discrimination (PPSD), happiness and self-esteem were negatively and significantly related, but, crucially, just for girls. Simply put, daughters who felt their parents preferred sons were less happy and had lower self-esteem. Conversely, parents’ perceived sex preferences had no effect on boys’ reported happiness or self-esteem.

With a strong preference for boys a feature of many global cultures, Dr Siah’s results, outlined in the The Journal of Vulnerable Children and Youth Studies, have wide implications.

“Based on previous studies that revealed negative psychological impact associated with low self-esteem and low happiness it is expected that there are more negative psychological impacts of PPSD on daughters and [it] needs to be explored further,” Dr Siah concludes.

“This report suggests that parental preference for sons did have significant psychological impact on daughters, so more effort should be invested to analyse the consequences of the cultural preference for sons.”

Future studies of the effects of PPSD should take interviews, observations and input from parents, as well as reports from the children themselves, into account. With many of the world’s females living in cultures, where a preference for sons is expressed, it is crucial to understand the potential damage such preferences can do. 

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Is level of education a key factor in finding a match through online dating?

When assessing a future partner, do we rank education as important criteria for success of the match? Age, appearance, intelligence, social status and chemistry are fundamental. But, is education up there with them? David Ong’s recent research in Applied Economics used an online dating field experiment to look closer at the issue, with fascinating results.

It is reasonable to assume that similar educational standards would be an important part of the selection process of choosing a life mate. Similar educational experiences and culture presumably should strengthen the connection and help the success of the relationship. However, the problem is that education is linked with many other attractive advantages, especially income. This novel experimental study has separated education and income to see which quality most draws a potential partner. 

388 fictitious baseline profiles were constructed for 180 women and 208 men on a Chinese online dating site. The females were given six varying educational levels; the males were randomly assigned anything from Master’s degree level to vocational education. Visits to profile summaries from real accounts, which outlined education and income statistics, were counted. 

Statistics for men visiting women weren’t affected by the educational level of the woman. On the other hand, visits to men, from women of all educational levels, increased when the male profile had a higher education level, and grew even more so when paired with greater income. More highly educated women visiting men were more commonly clicking on male profiles with higher incomes. This suggests that education was merely a by-product of the main motivating factor: income

Ong concludes, “our evidence from randomly assigned levels of education and income, suggests that relationship public goods that stem from a common level of education are not at the forefront of either men’s or women’s minds in China. Furthermore, women’s preferences for higher mate income may be an unacknowledged contributing factor in the educational homogamy found in prior studies.

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