<editorial board> edu-factory journal call

Gigi Roggero conricerca at hotmail.com
Thu Feb 12 15:02:30 CET 2009

Dear Ranabir,

I agree with Jon, it's a great suggestion. We could start to work on  
this model, just based on your important collective experience, and  
experiment it in the edu-factory journal.



Il giorno 12/feb/09, alle ore 12:34, Jon Solomon Su Zhe-an <areality at mail.tku.edu.tw 
 > ha scritto:

> Ranabir, what a great idea!
> Jon
> 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
>> ----- Original Message ----- From: <info at edu-factory.org>
>> To: <agu at listcultures.org>
>> Sent: Thursday, February 12, 2009 4:30 PM
>> 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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