SITJAR specialises in applied research in the vocational and educational sector. Thus topic areas might include: administration and management; teaching and learning; curriculum development; new technologies; policy; place and role of the VET sector; innovations; and discipline specific research. Papers can use any research methodology and will include appropriately reviewed performances and exhibitions, for example, in the arts.
One of the unique aspects of SITJAR is that articles can be published in the journal as they are accepted. This ‘seamless' publication regime means that articles can be disseminated more quickly. For the purposes of archiving, a volume of SITJAR will be considered when eight articles have been accepted for publication. SITJAR is also a double blind, peer refereed online journal that is freely accessible.
Three articles related to different aspects of applied research have been posted to the Journal. The first article by Derek Tan and Joanna Smith is titled, 'The effect of massage on flexibility, comfort, efficiency and aerodynamic performance in time trail cycling: a single case study'. The second article by Julian Galt and Stewart Hase is titled, 'Knowledge management for public records compliance: a forgotten world'. The third article by Pat Daniels and W. Ross H. Ramsay is titled, 'Bow porcelain: New primary source documents and evidence pertaining to the early years of the manufactory between 1730-1747, and John Campbell's letter to Arthur Dobbs'.
I would like to thank Dr Stewart Hase, Dr Ross Ramsay and Dr Sally Bodkin for their continued support and assistance. I would also like to thank Nick Elder for all his efforts in helping get the journal online. Finally, I would like to thank the management team at the Southern Institute of Technology for continuing to support the effort in making SITJAR a reality.
Dr Jerry Hoffman