<editorial board> edu-factory journal call

Jon Solomon Su Zhe-an areality at mail.tku.edu.tw
Thu Feb 12 12:34:39 CET 2009

Ranabir, what a great idea!

Dr. Ranabir Samaddar ??:
> In our research collective, we have done away with peer evaluation 
> ssytem. In all our publications, in case of articles (and not opinion 
> pieces or views) that we undertake to publish these are written, 
> submitted,commented upon, and discussed in discussion/evaluation 
> workshops. There are designated discussants, who take responsbility, 
> are not anonymous, and are ready to have their views discussed in that 
> workshop. Believe me, it takes less time, particularly when the 
> publication is a single theme, than the time peer evaluation system 
> takes in famous journals. The results are better, we have been able to 
> help new authors to emerge, and the collective spirit assists in all 
> these. This can be done in virtual workshops also...Just think of a 
> mix of invited and unsolocited authors producing the writings...and 
> this can be preceded by submissions of suggestions...Very little 
> rejections, on the other hand open method of encouraging new ideas and 
> styles...
> Ranabir
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> Subject: <editorial board> edu-factory journal call
>> Hi all,
>> Thanks for the important and useful comments and suggestions
>> you sent on the proposal for the edu-factory journal call.
>> If no amendments arrive in the next few days, the proposal
>> will be circulated on the edu-factory list, which we plan to
>> reopen at the end of February.
>> At this stage of the project, the edu-factory list will have
>> a new function, working not only as space for discussion of
>> transformations and conflicts in the university and the
>> production of knowledge but also as a space in which discuss
>> to the topics and the contents of the journal. In particular
>> it would be interesting to debate the abstracts submitted
>> for proposed articles, with a view to strengthening the
>> final publication.
>> About peer review, the edu-factory collective has now
>> expressed general agreement with the idea that the journal
>> should be able to attract recognition in the peer review
>> system. But it has also stressed the need to open up a
>> battlefield in which to challenge and if possible to
>> critically transform the peer review system itself. How this
>> double strategy might unfold is at stake right now. So to
>> open a discussion within the journal editorial board on this
>> topic is something not just desirable but also necessary.
>> Finally, the zero issue of the journal is under
>> construction. As we have previously discussed, it will
>> critically interrogate the proposition that the present is a
>> time of crisis, focusing on both the economic crisis and the
>> crisis of the university. Editorial board members are more
>> than welcome to contribute, but we also welcome suggestions
>> for others we might approach who might express themselves on
>> this topic. Please send your proposals and suggestions.
>> Best
>> edu-factory collective
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