How (not) to edit an academic journal, part 3

August 8, 2017 12:52 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

One thing you do as an editor is pretend you have known everything all along. No you don’t. Archiving, indexing and preserving knowledge, as well as creating, curating and passing it on is what universities do. And the DOI system is part of the puzzle. We are working to ensure a small publisher like ourselves might offer a similar level of confidence to that of a large publisher.

DOI System

It used to be that if it were in a library, that was OK. Well , read The Swerve (Greenblatt 2011) for one perspective, or a Canticle for Liebowitz (Miller 1960) for another. I used to think that if it were on a university’s web server that would do it. I am not suggesting an impending apocalypse, but relying on Google, Amazon Cloud Services, or whoever we may have entrusted our infrastructure to, may not be the final answer. I suggest we all have some responsibility to preserve that which we think might be of some use in the future. And I also accept that I do not know what that might be. But for now we are working to make our archiving, indexing and preservation fit for service.

Greenblatt, S. (2011). The Swerve: How the World Became Modern. New York: W. W. Norton & Company.

Miller, W. M. (1960). A Canticle for Liebowitz. Philadelphia, PA, USA: J. B. Lippincott & Co.



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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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