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Peer-Reviewed Journal Publishing from the Perspectives of Editors and Authors

General Programming

dateOctober 18, 2021 timeMonday, 5:00pm–7:00pm EDT locationVirtual Event
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  • Diversity Matters program of the Arts and Sciences
  • Society of Fellows and Heyman Center for the Humanities
  • The Department of Music
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Event title, date, participants, and sponsors

The first of three workshops on Inclusion, Diversity and Equity in the Editing and Publishing of Peer-Reviewed Journals.

Panelists: Susan Boynton (organizer), coeditor of Gesta; Callum Blackmore, editor of Current Musicology; Alex Gil and Kaiama Glover, coeditors of archipelagos; Seth Kimmel, Elisabeth Ladenson, and Pier Mattia Tommasino (Romanic Review); and Michelle Wilson (Digital Publishing, Columbia University Libraries)

Drawing on their experience with journals in the humanities and humanistic social sciences as editors and publishers, panelists will discuss the process of double-blind peer review (as well as other forms of review), the intellectual labor involved, the roles and compositions of editorial boards, and what authors need to know about how to submit their work and the stages of publication (as well as the costs authors typically bear for permissions to reproduce images or texts). The presentations will address the ethical expectations of authors and peer reviewers and issues concerning languages of publication.

Subsequent workshops will take place in February and April 2022.

Workshop 2 (February) Views from the Inside: Presentations will focus on the mechanics, ethics, and economics of journal publishing, including the organization and distribution of labor within journal publications; the many people involved in editing and production; the costs of processes; the roles and challenges of digital platforms; the respective advantages and disadvantages of open access vs. firewall, etc. The workshop will also discuss the relationships between journals and their sponsoring or hosting institutions.

Workshop 3 (April): Working towards Equity and Inclusion in Journal Publication: What does it take to make journal publishing function more inclusively and transparently? In this workshop, participants will discuss their perspectives on future paths for greater equity and inclusion in authorship, the division of labor, peer review, the constitution of editorial boards, and consider the ways in which journals can foster the diversity of all participants. Presenters will address the ways in which institutional contexts (universities, university presses, scholarly societies) shape journal operations, and consider how the relationships between journals and institutions can lead to support for enhanced inclusion and equity.