Gatekeepers of Knowledge: Journal Editors in the Sciences by Stephen McGinty

By Stephen McGinty

Publication is the coin of the world within the academy. Careers depend on a robust e-book checklist, and magazine editors occupy robust positions within the publishing technique. This research examines the careers of thirty-five scholarly magazine editors via in-depth interviews that disguise their upward thrust to positions of effect, their perspectives of the paintings of magazine publishing, their review of the digital revolution, and the function performed via own networks within the behavior in their tasks. alongside the way in which a few debatable matters come up together with magazine proliferation, the padding of curriculum vitae, and the nation of workmanship within the academy today.

The interviews are analyzed opposed to the backdrop of paradigms pioneered through social scientists, Kurt Lewin and Lewis Coser. Their types of gatekeeping and social connections tell the research through the textual content. This ebook presents a revealing examine a vital a part of educational life.

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And, you know, I don’t deliberately do that. But it has been the case often enough that they’re, in fact, not very good manuscripts that I have this expectation. You know, I think that’s something editors have to really not fall victim to too much— . . their biases about what they want to see or who’s work it is. But [bias probably does] creep in [which is unfortunate because] you can really shape where the field is going by what you accept or what you decide to have [as the topic of] a special issue.

That’s what I call true scholarship. So there were a lot of people giving me tremendous examples of generous scholarship and of how not to have too much ego invested in the production of an article. The language here underscores the dispassion. The industrial metaphor ‘‘production’’ is used, thus moving the scholarly process from the human to the industrial scale. ’’ This editor went on to say that he also felt a need to pass these lessons on to his graduate students. He hoped that they might make significant contributions Getting There 25 while remaining dispassionate, as ego involvement can retard both personal career development and the advancement of the discipline as a whole.

Perhaps this issue is best summed up by a mid-career economics editor whose experience reveals exactly where his most keen interest lies. He sees his role as that of a gatekeeper: But you know, [being a gatekeeper is] a very important control . . and validation function within the disciplines. And I certainly feel good about my role in it. These editors are a step removed from those who produce material for them, namely, the authors. Editors can reject work without then being forced to inhabit the world of the person who produced the rejected research.

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