Table 3 shows the percentage of citations attributed to the 10 most-cited articles in JAEOL, AJOE, and JEE, which accounted for 32%, 37%, and 18% of the total citations to articles in each journal, respectively, for articles published 2000-2013.
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.
Citations from OE journals to JAEOL articles were mostly from JAEOL itself (Table 5), and citations from OE journals to JEE were mostly from JEE itself (Table 7).
In the JAEOL between 2000 and 2007, 43% of authors were affiliated with the UK/Europe and 29% from the US (Table 9, Table 10).
OE discourse and impacts outside JAEOL, AJOE, and JEE
(2006) 129 cites, and some other articles not already considered that were more focussed on outside the classroom activities, as distinct from "the outdoors." 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.
(2) With one or two exceptions, highly cited articles were published in AJOE, JAEOL, JEE or in larger journals in adjacent fields.
(4.) The AJOE commenced in a peer-reviewed format in 1998, the JAEOL in 2000, and the JEE in 1978.