How (not) to edit an academic journal, part 2

August 2, 2017 4:58 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Anne Osterrieder messaged me in Twitter this morning forwarding a post by Ernesto Priego saying, “It is dispiriting that new academic-led online journals keep appearing without licensing, archiving, indexing nor preservation policies…”

Well, I agree with Ernesto Priego (is that really his name?). Especially in light of my last post about truth and authority. I could say that everything is “writ on water” as Keats’ grave would say and in the vastness of time, memory is nothing but vanity. But I don’t buy that. Archiving is a valued activity in the academy. And if memory is really a predictive heuristic then any of it is useful any time. So the question has been asked. What is the answer?

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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:

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