Networking Knowledge Journal: Expressions of Interest

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For the attention of all postgrads/early career researchers (please pass this email on if you know one),

Networking Knowledge – the Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network – is seeking expressions of interest from prospective editors, authors and peer reviewers.

Guest Editors:

The journal publishes specifically-themed guest edited issues throughout the year. The journal is now calling for prospective guest editors who are interested in editing collections of articles on a theme of their choice. This will include conceiving the theme and its parameters, seeking and selecting authors of 5-8 articles through both commissioning and an open call for papers, managing the peer review process, copy-editing articles and contributing a short editorial introduction to the finished collection. Guest editors will be supported throughout the process by the Journal Editor, who will also prepare the final articles for online publication.

This is a valuable opportunity for PG researchers to gain experience of all aspects of peer-reviewed journal publication, as well as developing interaction with peers who have similar research interests. Teams of two or three Guest Editors are acceptable, as well as individuals. Themes can be drawn from any aspect of the subject areas covered by MeCCSA. They should represent a cutting-edge and specific research focus, but be open enough to accommodate a range of disciplinary, methodological and/or geographical areas.

As a guide, some previous special issues have focused on:

•Time and Technology in Popular Culture, Media and Communication
•Branding TV: Transmedia to the Rescue
•Protest and the New Media Ecology

And our forthcoming issues will be on:

•Mediatizing Gaza
•Digital Comics
•Selfies
•New Perspectives on Cinematic Spectatorship and Digital Culture
•New Approaches to Music Listening

Proposals should be no more than 500 words and include:

•A provisional title for the collection
•The proposed theme, including a brief explanation of existing relevant research and what the collection will seek to contribute
•Brief examples of potential contributors (to be commissioned) and article topics (to be included in a call for papers)
•Name(s), institution(s) and e-mail address(es) for the prospective guest editor(s)

Articles:

As well as guest editors of themed issues,Networking Knowledge is now also seeking material for open submission.

Such articles, interviews, reviews and conference reports are to be published in standard issues. These pieces will be firstly screened by the Journal Editor for relevance and suitability, then peer reviewed by two members of our PG advisory board. Submissions can be on any of the broad subject areas covered by MeCCSA. Abstracts of no more than 150 words can, in the first instance, be e-mailed to the journal editor. The editor will then inform the author if a formal submission will be relevant and suitable. Alternatively, full submissions can be sent unsolicited to the journal editor.

More detailed author guidelines are available here: http://ojs.meccsa.org.uk/index.php/netknow/about/submissions#authorGuidelines

Peer Reviewers:

The journal is also looking for experts across all areas of media, communications and cultural studies to join its advisory board of peer reviewers. As a member of the advisory board, you will get hands-on experience of the peer reviewing process and be part of this dynamic and multi-disciplinary journal. All postgraduate and early career researchers who would like to be involved in encouraging cutting edge and high standard scholarship in this open access online journal are invited to volunteer.

Members of the advisory board are required to write a single page report on articles that relate to their specific research interest(s) and make a recommendation as to its suitability for publication. It is a ‘double blind’ process so both authors and reviewers remain anonymous.

If you are interested, please send the following information to the Journal Editor:

•Your name
•Your institutional affiliation/s (if applicable)
•Your position (e.g. PhD candiate, lecturer, etc.)
•Your current e-mail address/es
•3-6 key words or phrases identifying your areas of expertise (no need to mention ‘media, ‘communications’ or ‘culture’!)

NB. those who are already members of the advisory board, please contact the editor to update contact details and areas of expertise if they’ve changed recently.

Expressions of interest in editing a special issue, contributing an article or other material, or joining the advisory board of the journal, should be sent to the Journal Editor, Simon Dawes, atsimondawes0@gmail.com

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