Innovate to Cease Publication

Various authors, Website, Oct 19, 2009
Commentary by Stephen Downes

It's not posted anywhere (to my knowledge) but news reaches me (and is apparently now public) that the respected online journal Innovate is being shut down by the Fischler School of Education and Human Services at Nova Southeastern University. Articles and contents will be maintained online as a permanent archive. The journal went from zero to 76,000 subscribers from 271 countries in five years.

The suddenness and the finality of this takes me aback, and while I've been wondering through the week whether anything may yet be done it seems to me from the comments that have come in that this is the end for the publication. To say that this publication - Technology Source, and then Innovate - and the work of editor James Morrison was an important influence on my work and my career would be an understatement. I benefited at all levels from my involvement with it, from help with my writing, to exposure to innovative ideas, to the creation of an audience for my work, to Jim's encouragement and support, which was unwavering. My thanks to Jim and to everyone else involved.

Innovate staff can be found in Ideagora, a Ning community with more than subscribers and 42 discussions.
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