Our publishing system – 2

August 1, 2016 3:53 pm Published by Leave your thoughts
Our publishing system is still based on WordPress. Anyone familiar with the WordPress editing interface will recognise it. Simon has made me and the Associate Editors, Didi, Peter and Mary “Editors” of the site. I am beginning to use the site now and will try to communicate with you all through this blog. http://hejlt.org/blog/
The blog link is top right on the home page. Recent posts appear immediately left.
If you log in here, as well as blog “Posts”, you will notice a new top-level menu item called “Articles”. This is where, I believe, “Editors” will mostly work. “Authors” may also work here but will not have publishing privileges. “Articles” have “Issues”. “Editors” create “Issues” – assign “Articles” to “Issues” and curate them through to publication.
Another feature of the publishing system is a sophisticated cloud-based citation management and referencing system based on Zoterohttps://www.zotero.org/  This can provide dynamic in-text citations in many common referencing formats (APA, Harvard, MLA). I will consider it optional for the first issue of vol 9, at least!
More importantly,
  • can we get authors to submit properly templated work, ideally straight into the system? .
  • How tight a house style do we want to impose? APA? Brookes “Harvard”
Brookes subscribes to Cite Them Right
In my ideal world the reader could choose how to see the references. The author could put them in as “Harvard” and the reader could choose to view as “MLA” or vice versa. But that is for the next millennium.
Finally, last question:
  • What can and should we prescribe for submission?
I would prefer a Google doc, (even a Google Form?) but accept that we might have to consume digestible, templated Word documents. Do we? Really?
That’s all for the moment.
Thanks everyone.
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George Roberts

George Roberts is Principal Lecturer Student Experience in Educational Development. He has been at Oxford Brookes since 2000 and joined OCSLD in June 2006 as an Educational Developer (e-Learning). In his previous role he advised the Head of e-Learning and the Senior Management Team of the University on policy for off-campus e-learning and e-learning partnerships. He leads the MA Education (Higher Education) and teaches on the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education (PCTHE) as well as conducting other educational development activities: workshops and consultancies. He completed a doctorate (July 2011) at the University of Southampton on biographical narratives of adult users of a community IT centre on a large estate. He also undertakes research into the pedagogical, social and technical dimensions of e-learning nationally and internationally and is interested in the interactions between personal identity and the values and beliefs that are embedded in the artefacts of Learning Technology. George is editor of the Higher Education Journal of Learning and Teaching (HEJLT). Previously, George taught on the Open University MA course, “Language and Literacy in a Changing World”. He was on the Executive Committee of the Association for Learning Technology (ALT) and head of the organising committee of the ALT-C conference from 2005-2007. For 10 years before joining Brookes he was an instructional designer in the international energy industry. If you want to know more about his professional activities online: https://plus.google.com/107024825185905450353/about http://rworld2.brookesblogs.net/

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