Launch of new open acess journal

The Hub for Education Research at Edinurgh Napier is very excited to announce the launch of a new open access peer-reviewed journal in academic practice. The Journal of Perspective in Applied Academic Practice is very unique, as it is not just another open access journal, it specifically aims to support early career academics in all aspects of publishing, through supporting new reviewers and providing editorial internships. This journal is a collaborative venture between Edinburgh Napier University, University of Dundee and Aston University. You can follow the journal on twitter @JofPAAP.

With a focus on developing early career academics, Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice aims to provide a supportive publishing outlet to allow established and particularly new authors to contribute to the scholarly discourse of academic practice (both generally and in their discipline area) through the publication of papers that are theory-based and supported by evidence, as well as through the publication of Opinion Pieces and ‘On the Horizon’ papers on emerging work.

This developmental ethos manifests itself in a range of activities and opportunities that currently include the following:

  • Direct support for authors who are seeking to publish their first paper in one or more of the thematic areas of the journal, through assigning ‘critical friends’ from within the editorial team who will be happy to advise on the development of initial ideas for the formats of paper we publish. Prospective authors wishing to discuss an idea should in the first instance e-mail JPAAP@napier.ac.uk .
  • Peer support for those new to reviewing The Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice welcomes academics with experience in the thematic areas of the journal, but who are new to the journal submission reviewing process, to become involved as reviewers for the journal. This will include an opportunity to work for an initial period of reviewing with a colleague who is already experienced as a reviewer.
  • Editorial internships The journal will soon be offering editorial internships, normally two a year, for academics who are experienced in the thematic areas of the journal, have some publications of their own and experience as a reviewer, and who wish to develop knowledge and experience on the editorial side of journal publishing. Further information on our first round of editorial internships will be forthcoming.
  • Special issues The Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice welcomes the opportunity to work alongside colleagues in the field to develop Special Issues of the journal dedicated to particular themes or emerging areas of work. Having a good idea for a special issue, and being willing to take on Guest Editor responsibilities for the special issue (with support provided from the regular Editorial Team for the journal), is much more important than prior editing experience.

To find out more about the journal please visit the journal website and follow the journal on twitter for regular news and annoucements.

Academic Writing Month

 

Do you have a paper to complete, conference presentation tugging at your conscience  just waiting to be transformed into a paper, or have you recently completed a project and the report needs written, got a book chapter waiting to be written? What’s stopping you? Need to set deadlines and get some moral support achieving them? Then #AcWriMo may just have come in time…

The 1st of November sees the start of academic writing month which is a public scholarship project lead by Dr Anna Tarrant. Academic writing month or #AcWriMo was started last year as #AcBoWriMo and based on the Novel writing month. The idea is to make public declarations of writing targets for the month of November on the PhDtoPublished and “call in” with your progress at regular intervals via twitter using the #AcWriMo hastag or on the PhDtoPublished blog site.

I have made my declaration on the blog and also posted to my own PhD blog 

 

 

There is also peer support available from Literature Review HQ as well as the PhDtoPublished blog and on twitter through using the hashtag #AcWriMo.

 

Thinking, great idea but rubbish time of year? Well there is never a good time so why not joining in and see how you get on?

Remember we also have the monthly silent writing sessions  on the first Wednesday of the month from 8am to 1pm on the fifth floor of the library in Sighthill and the Crofters Club at the last Monday of the month so you can get some face to face contact too.