Learning about journal publication: The pedagogies of editing a 'special issue'

Pat Thomson, Tina Byrom, Carol Robinson, Lisa Russell

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Despite the development of, and arguments for, alternative genres of open access and devolved publication (Smith, 1999; Willinsky, 2006), writing for commercially produced scholarly journals continues to be significant. In Britain, for example, academic ‘output’ in the social sciences is measured and judged, in the national Research Assessment Exercise (RAE), largely on the basis of single-authored books (the scholarly monograph) and peerrefereed journal articles. The current proposal to change the RAE process to focus more strongly on citations makes the work of publishing in high-status and publicly indexed journals not simply a necessity, but a high-pressure imperative.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPublishing Pedagogies for the Doctorate and Beyond
EditorsClaire Aitchison, Barbara Kamler, Alison Lee
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherTaylor and Francis Ltd.
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9780203860960
ISBN (Print)9780415480192, 9780415480185
Publication statusPublished - 13 Jan 2010


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