8 comments on “Research for all: a journal for all
  1. alice says:

    Will it be (a) open access and (b) have a budget to pay writers who aren’t already paid to publish in such journals? (e.g. the large number of freelancers in the field)

    If the answer to either of these is no, I really don’t see how you can expect to be taken seriously.

    Honestly, I think the idea of launching yet another journal just looks a bit silly. But I appreciate that journals are flexible beasts, so many you have plans to do something new and interesting here. If so, I really look forward to seeing it.

    • Blog Editor says:

      Sandy Oliver writes:

      Dear Alice
      When the idea for this journal began to emerge my starting point was that it has to be open access. I was interested in nothing else. Fortunately the publishers agreed. We’re spending some time talking about it even before issuing an invitation for papers specially to elicit all the issues that are important to potential readers and contributors. Hence the blog, and discussions at conferences that attract a broad range of participants. We’re glad to have feedback and have plans to secure funding for a good balance of contributions. Without it we couldn’t achieve our vision.
      Best wishes,
      Sandy

  2. Jonathan Dore says:

    A timely project on a theme that’s not only likely to be central to the next REF cycle, but also more broadly for underpinning public support for research in HEs. Anything that helps reduce the dangerously broadening gap between public understanding and the reality of research (and STEM research in particular) is to be applauded. Good luck!

  3. I think the Journal is a good idea because it addresses a gap in the peer reviewed literature around “Public Engagement with Research”. I think it needs to maintain a good level of academic standing and take a similar approach to the International Researcher Development Journal for instance (where a 2-prong combination of case study/emprical evidence type submissions and those backed up with academic/statisitcal rigour are welcomed). I also think the journal needs to be a place where anyone, whether actively involved in PER, or in the advocacy or culture change around PER, or as an actor outside academia supporting PER can submit. I do not think the journal should pay for articles, or invite articles from particular spheres. It could however consider how to support / incentivise reviewers who are not core funded by research or related activity. I think the title is a good one, and the additional ideas of an ‘open space’ style area for discussion has merit, although this latter measure needs to examine how it would differ, or add to, the conversations that happen in social media already (especially twitter) or indeed, those featured in emerging online initiaitves such as ‘The Conversation’.

  4. Hi Sandy

    It was great to see your announcement of a ‘Research for all’ journal. The journal has the potential to provide an important space for researchers and their publics to engage with different perspectives, and to share learning about their approaches to engaged research.

    I think it’s helpful that you’re opening up discussions about the journal before it goes live: in itself, a form of upstream engagement. There are a good number of decisions to be made about the shaping and framing of this new venture. Your post and others that follow will provide a valuable opportunity to listen to views from others working in this area.

    If I had one request to make at this early stage of discussion it would be to ensure that research in all its diversity features. Science, and more broadly STEM subjects, have much to offer in terms of developing our shared understanding of engaged research. But if there’s one thing I’ve learnt from working on the RCUK-funded PER Catalyst initiative, it’s that there are so many interesting and valuable perspectives in other academic domains. I’d love the opportunity to learn more from these perspectives too.

    I know this is the start of the public conversation. It’s also a chance to say thanks to you and colleagues for getting things to this point. What you’re trying to do is difficult, but your aims are very worthwhile and so timely.

    It’s now up to the engagement community more widely, including researchers and their publics, to help shape this project going forwards. I look forward to further engagement along the way…

    Rick

  5. Dear Sandy,

    Great to see this. I look forward to the journal!

  6. Hi Sandy,

    Really looking forward to being part of this conversation as the journal develops. I know at the Catalyst meetings we’ve discussed the different ways we might share learning from the whole range of engagement activity that’s going on, across all disciplines. There’s so much to learn not just from Science Communication, but also so much from community projects, the performing arts, social sciences and patient groups to name but a few.

    The fact that the journal will be open access is great. It’s our role as a community now to ensure that it’s not just available but is in fact accessed and contributed to by these diverse stakeholders; I guess this starts here by us contributing to the journal as it grows. I for one would be interested to explore the ways the journal might be supported by social media, videos, discussion boards and other peripheral activities.

    I echo Rick’s thanks to you and your team for getting us this far.
    Charlotte

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