The Peer Review Project has hosted workshops focusing on academic publishing in the Arts and Humanities, co-funded by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities (http://www.sgsah.ac.uk/), free to attend, with travel bursaries available for current postgraduate students travelling from within Scotland.
Academic Publishing: New Perspectives
University of Stirling | Tuesday 9th August 2016
Session 1: Altmetrics
In the first session, Nick Canty (UCL) introduced key aspects of altmetrics, outlining the potential of altmetrics as a way for researchers to track and enhance the impact of their publications across a number of platforms. Nick began by giving an overview of altmetrics, outlining the history of their use and introducing key platforms and software. He noted that these have been more enthusiastically taken up by researchers in the sciences, but argued that altmetrics can prove extremely useful tools for humanities researchers. In particular, he emphasised the value of monitoring and establishing the reach of one’s work, and noted that early career researchers could benefit enormously from promoting and tracing the progress of their research.
Session 2: Open Access
- Betsy Fuller (University of Stirling) introduced essential details of Open Access publishing for early career researchers. She began by outlining the different kinds of open access, giving definitions of ‘Green’ and ‘Gold’ open access. She then went on to discuss the ramifications of Article Publishing Charges (APCs) and the role of institutional repositories, giving the example of Stirling’s database and encouraging postgraduates to consider entering their work in the Stirling repositories. In questions, Betsy commented on the requirements of key funding bodies such as the AHRC and encouraged postgraduate students to check the open access policies of their funding bodies.
Session 3: Editing
Dr Gill Tasker of Publishing Scotland ran a workshop on editing and preparing work for publication. Gill began with a discussion of her own experiences as an editor for Cargo Publishing, discussing the challenges and rewards of editing others’ creative work before moving to consider how her experience as an professional editor intersected with her own work as a postgraduate researcher. She concluded that it’s a considerable challenge to edit one’s own work, but that the very best approach is to practice. In the second half of her session, Gill ran a practical workshop on editing and proofreading, with a concluding discussion of best practice for proofreading.
Session 4: Future Scenarios
This session invited participants to discuss possible scenarios for the future of academic publishing. Participants responded to a series of prompts to consider several facets of publishing in the Arts and Humanities, including the role of libraries and institutions, online access to academic works, and costs of publishing now and in the future. You can read the conclusions from the Scenarios session here: Peer Review: Scenarios (PDF).
Session 5: Edited Collections
- Dr Stephen Burn from the University of Glasgow gave a detailed account of putting together an edited collection, giving examples from his own experience collecting and editing works on and by the author David Foster Wallace. He began by giving a sequential outline of the process of planning and collating an edited collection, noting the pitfalls involved in gathering a number of works by different authors. He then detailed the benefits and learning processes involved, giving a very useful step-by-step guide to the processes of academic publishing and the advantages of engaging with an edited collection as an early-career researcher.
Publishing in the Humanities
University of Edinburgh | Wednesday 21 September 2016
This was an afternoon training workshop for humanities postgrads and ECRs working in Scottish universities, planned to coincide with international Peer Review Week. The workshop gave an insight into publishing academic research and the role peer review plays in maintaining quality in scholarship.
Session 1: Peer Reviewing
- Dr Genevieve Warwick of Edinburgh College of Art outlined key aspects of peer review for early career researchers, noting where peer review occurs in the research and publication process, the role of peer review in institutional structures, and offered tips on writing useful feedback as a reviewer.
Session 2: Open Access.
- Eugen Stoica of the Edinburgh University Library outlined key definitions of Open Access, explained how Open Access works, and gave advice for early career researchers on how to ensure publications are accessible and discoverable.
Session 3: Journal Articles
- Dr Patrick Hart, editor of the Northern Renaissance journal, outlined common do’s and don’ts for writing and submitting journal articles, noting best practice for identifying and contacting the right journal for your work. He also gave useful insights from the editorial perspective, noting what editors look for in work and advising on how to meet the journal’s expectations.
Session 4: Copyright & IP
- Dr Victoria Anker and Dr Dorothy Butchard began by discussing the concept and importance of intellectual property, before outlining key definitions of Creative Commons licenses. They concluded by noting the importance of retaining creative control over one’s work, and answered questions on the ramifications of blogging, tweeting and sharing one’s own work on various software platforms.