Editor-in-Chief: Jerry White, Western University
Managing Editor: Susan Wingert, Western University
Policy Commentaries Editor: Nicholas Spence, University of Alberta

Message from the Editors, 2016

The New Year, 2016, marks another step forward for IIPJ—our outreach has increased, the number of published articles has increased, and the quality of published articles has been maintained. As we came to the end of 2015, we reflected on the work of the Journal and on the reasons we all contributed to that work. The year was been, by any standards, a real success.

In the New Year’s edition of 2013, we published our understanding of who we are and why we put energy into this work:

Reflecting on Why We Developed the Journal

The Journal is an expensive undertaking, both in hours of work and finances. To create the quality of presentation, consistency of style, and website services and navigability takes considerable resources. We put these resources into the work because we passionately believe that with better evidence comes better policy and decision-making. It is critical that businesses, governments, administrations, individuals, and other institutions practice evidence-based decision-making and policy development. Too long have policies and actions been directed at, and imposed on, Indigenous peoples that are ideological, racialist, ethno-centric and/or politically motivated. Evidence-based actions that recognize both Western and Indigenous knowledge perspectives are one bulwark against these problematic approaches. However, to do that we need the very best evidence! This doesn’t “drop from the sky—it comes from hard work,” to quote a long past philosopher. That work is quality research, new and traditional knowledge that emanates from the very clearest understandings of the world around us and the activities of living things in that world. The Journal is a small part of a system that acts as a gatekeeper to sort the good from not so good and disseminate evidence and evidence-based policy that can play a role in changing the social and physical world in which we live.

In 2015, we had over 52,000 full-text downloads of articles published in the Journal.

This surpassed our goals and we believe that 50,000 verified active readers utilizing IIPJ is likely the maximum we can achieve in any one year. We have now had 160,000 article downloads since 2011. Our plan is to maintain this stellar performance while enhancing the Journal.

We want to thank our readers and those who have submitted their work to IIPJ. This year we had to increase the number of rejections, given our resources and capacities to maintain our commitment to fast turnaround, insightful reviews, and quality publishing.

In 2015, we set several goals:

  1. Building our book review section, which we are happy to say, has developed. We will be publishing more reviews in 2016.
  2. Reaching out to Central and South America as well as the United States. We have made some steps forward. We have published important contributions from the US as well as South America. We have added two editorial board members. The first is from Ecuador—welcome again to Yolanda Terán Maigua, (Kichwa Nation). The second is from University of Hawaii— welcome to Treena Delormier (Kanienke'há:ka [Mohawk] Nation).
  3. Secure stable funding for the Journal so we can continue to publish in an open access format and without submission fees. We have secured a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Aid to Scholarly Journals Grant, which gives us funding for three years.
  4. Develop ways of tracking the impact of articles published in IIPJ. This year, we added Altmetrics to articles on the IIPJ website so authors can see the dissemination of their work. Altmetrics captures citations in traditional sources like journal articles, books, and newspaper articles, while also tracking mentions on social media (like Twitter and Facebook), as well as blog posts and other online sources. In order to facilitate this tracking, IIPJ joined CrossRef, which allows us to assign DOIs to our articles so we can more reliably track their dissmenination.

In 2015, we published 4 issues of the Journal featuring 29 articles. This was our largest annual total of publications. In these four issues, we had two special sections. Volume 6, issue 2 focused on traditional knowledge research
(Guest Editor, Kenichi Matsui) and, in volume 6, issue 4, we had a special section on Indigenous tourism
(Guest Editor, Bernardo Peredo).

Looking Ahead to 2016

We will seek to maintain the uncompromising quality of the Journal. As well, we look forward to increasing our outreach with Facebook, Twitter, and IndigiLINK. Please join us on one of our social media pages in order to stay up to date with our publications and calls for papers.

A special thanks to our advisory board, editorial board, and the staff of the Journal.

All the best in 2016!

Jerry P. White, PhD

Susan Wingert, PhD
Managing Editor

Current Issue: Volume 7, Issue 2 (2016)




Community Learning and University Policy: An Inner-City University Goes Back to School
Lloyd Axworthy, Linda DeRiviere, and Jennifer Moore Rattray


Jerry P. White
Managing Editor
Susan Wingert