AJOE was a special case because AJOE articles at the time did not consistently have a unique URL, and in many instances are only found by GS because they have been cited.
To understand this further, we looked at citations to the 10 most-cited articles in JAEOL, AJOE, and JEE in each of those journals (Table 5, Table 6, and Table 7--see pages 17 and 18); we called the sum of the three contributions "OE impact," representing citation by peers in OE journals.
In contrast, citations from AJOE contributed only weakly to citations of AJOE articles--AJOE articles were cited by the OE journals in very similar proportions to JAEOL articles, with both citations by JAEOL and JEE articles outnumbering those by AJOE articles.
OE discourse and impacts outside JAEOL, AJOE, and JEE
The final 10 included three AJOE articles from university websites that did not include the journal name in the metadata.
Although OE has fuzzy boundaries, we decided that to move away from the definition of OE determined by our interest in AJOE, JAEOL, and JEE would require a different study.
Certainly, monographs or articles with an OE focus published in the wider educational or other literature can be well-cited (Table 10), but publication in conference proceedings or OE journals other than AJOE, JAEOL, or JEE appears to be associated with modest numbers of citations at best.
Although AJOE was a smaller journal, it published at least its share of well-cited articles, commensurate with its size.
2) With one or two exceptions, highly cited articles were published in AJOE, JAEOL, JEE or in larger journals in adjacent fields.
The AJOE commenced in a peer-reviewed format in 1998, the JAEOL in 2000, and the JEE in 1978.
A tale of three journals: A study of papers published in AJOE, JAEOL and JEE between 1998 and 2007.