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Imagining the future of the journal - RGS Discussion Panel

Mon, 05 Sep 2011

I was invited on to a discussion panel entitled "Imagining the future of the journal" at the RGS-IBG Annual Conference last week (very brief coverage in THES). This is warming up in to quite a topic at the moment with a (slightly over the top!) piece by George Monbiot in The Guardian last week. He makes some salient points about profit making in what is largely a monopolistic, unregulated and closed market. Anyway, the discussion panel was made up of

Noel Castree (University of Manchester)
Toby Green (Head of Publishing, OECD)
Sarah Porter (Head of Innovation, JISC)
Mike Smith (Editor in Chief, Journal of Maps; slides|video)
Kevin Ward (Editor, Area; University of Manchester)

As Editors or involved in publication, the discussion covered a variety of topics including costs/who pays, impact factor/citations, article/media/data publication, e-publishing/format, peer review, authorship and open access/subscription. Sadly Toby couldn't make it to the meeting which is a shame as the OECD have made remarkable inroads in to data publication and have a lot of experience in this area. I talked about the role of the "modern academic" and what the motivations for publishing (and journal selection) are. I also touched upon the novel approaches that the Journal of Maps is taking; in addition to data publication, we also have a variety of different authorship strategies, including map, data and secondary authors. For those interested, I have discussed this further in a recent article titled Credit Where Credit’s Due: developing authorship strategies in the geosciences.

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