ERIC Number: EJ1037857
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
An International Call for Democratizing the Academic Journal Culture from a Community of Editors
Mullen, Carol A.; Pryor, Caroline R.; Browne-Ferrigno, Tricia; Harris, Sandra L.
Interchange: A Quarterly Review of Education, v44 n3-4 p179-201 Dec 2013
In our reflective essay from our multiple perspectives as journal editors, peer reviewers, and published authors, we present ideas about editorial support, democracy, and innovation in the publishing process. As four tenured professors who work in universities in the states of Illinois, Virginia, Texas, and Kentucky, we are a community of editors who are committed to a transparent, service-oriented support process. Our collective experience has allowed us to shape numerous academic bodies of work, culminating in an experiential point of view that reflects a political take on the support role of editors. We include lengthy, databased statements from journal editors in the form of vignettes that underscore the importance of community-based, democratic editorial practices that are themselves simultaneously personal testimonials and political statements. Our call is intended to foster large-scale social change within the academic editorial culture through global understanding about the sensibilities of editors and reviewers as well as authors and publishers engaged in the complex work of publication review. Our academic goal is to enhance fair practices and inclusive opportunities, worldwide, through more relational, equitable, and supportive editorial practices.
Descriptors: Periodicals, Innovation, Vignettes, Disclosure, Social Change, Evaluators, Authors, Publishing Industry, Peer Evaluation, College Faculty, Democratic Values
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Illinois; Kentucky; Texas; Virginia