Physical Education Pedagogy Faculty Perceptions of Journal Quality

in Journal of Teaching in Physical Education
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This study examined perceived journal quality by physical education pedagogy faculty members. Participants (N = 273) were identified in three ways and recruited through e-mail. Based on research in other fields investigating journal quality and on publication patterns in physical education, a web-based survey was used to examine (a) whether participants knew a journal and viewed it as scholarly, (b) ratings of journal quality, (c) what factors influenced their ratings, and (d) demographic and scholarly productivity measures. There was a wide range of journals known by the participants and clear indicators of which journals had higher and lower perceived quality. There were differences in ratings between those employed at master’s and doctoral institutions and relationships between scholarly productivity and the number of journals known. The results provide strong indications of journal quality for those who have reasons to evaluate journals in physical education.

Silverman is with the Teachers College, Columbia University, Columbia University, New York, NY. Hodges Kulinna is with Ed Leadership and Innovation, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. Phillips is with the Physical Education Dept. Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY.