Research Conversation

Publication: An Editor's Perspective

A special Research Conversations was held last 12 February 2018 featuring Dr. Don Passey, FEd’s Visiting Professor from Lancaster University, United Kingdom at UPOU’s AVR where he talked about Publication: an Editor’s Perspective.

Dr. Melinda Lumanta opened the conversation with sharing what Research Conversations is. Research Conversations is OVCAA’s initiative that serves as a “venue for [UPOU faculty and staff] to come together in a very relaxed atmosphere to talk about research interests”. It happens every Friday at the Sandbox, CCDL. The idea behind holding Research Conversations at the Sandbox came from the image of children playing in a sandbox, creativity sparks as they make something out of nothing and exchange ideas in free-flowing conversation.

Chancellor Melinda Bandalaria introduced the speaker in a more personal manner, sharing the story behind Dr. Passey’s visit at UPOU. As a visiting scholar of Lancaster University last June 2017, she was instrumental for Dr. Passey’s arrival at UPOU and a possible partnership between UPOU and Lancaster University. This year, Dr. Passey participated in UPOU’s Visiting Professor Program to immerse into the open and distance e-Learning (ODeL) setting.

Dr. Don Passey sharing the thought processes of publication editors.

Dr. Don Passey is a professor of Technology Enhance Learning from the Department of Educational Research, Lancaster University, UK. He finished his bachelor’s degree from the University of Birmingham, master’s and doctorate degrees from Lancaster University. He is a member of various government and non-government organizations such as Department of Education in Northern Ireland, International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP), British Educational Research Association, among many other commitments. He designs, develops, convenes, and teaches modules and courses on technology, instruction, and education since 2009.

To begin the conversation, Dr. Passey first identified the different kinds of editors depending on their involvement, namely editor of a journal who is someone who has a position across a number of years, has an experience on a particular field, and is affiliated to that particular journal; guest editor of a journal who is in charge of an issue, has a particular idea for a theme from which the issue will come out of, and works on at most 20 papers across a year; editor of a book who is looking at chapters to put together into a book; and editor of post conference proceedings who compiles conference proceedings and papers into a book.

He then proceeds to discuss the responsibilities of an editor, such as take on board the reviews from at least 2 reviewers which are selected by the editor on the basis of the content of the paper or chapter; look across the reviewer recommendations from 3 reviewers, especially in the event of contradicting reviews; consider the role and remit of the journal or book and determine if the submission fits journal or book; and consider the aims of a particular journal issue, grouping papers together that have some sort of relationship.

As an editor with experience on all the aforementioned kinds of editors, he shared the points that he considers when accepting submissions in chronological order. He hopes that these serve as a guide for authors when submitting to a publication.

  1. Does this fit/match the aims and remit of the journal or book?
  2. What are the reviewer/s comments and are they amendable or are they grounds for rejection?
  3. What are the paper’s/chapter’s contribution to the journal and/or to the field? Is the study contributing a new idea, theory or practice that has not been done before or an argument with other research that has been done before? Is the study contributing something in terms of context?
  4. Does the study present robustness and rigor in terms of methodology and data analysis? Is the study over-generalized?
  5. What kind support (i.e., feedback and recommendation) can be given to the author?

As parting words, Dr. Passey suggests to have an idea of who the editor is, determine role of editor in publication, carefully read the aims and remits of the journal/book, be clear about the paper’s or chapter’s contribution, be honest in stating the robustness and rigor of the study, attend conferences and see where it goes from there, and collaborate with other people to ensure the paper’s or chapter’s acceptance.

(MRBSanBuenaventura, OVCAA)

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