I was thoroughly impressed this afternoon with our guest at the University of South Alabama (USA), College of Education Center for Design & Performance (CDPI) Colloquium: Nick Rushby, Editor of the British Journal of Educational Technology (BJET). I was especially proud to have the editor of a journal of the caliber of BJET sharing ideas with our faculty and graduate students.
Dr. Rushby began by making reference to the following quote:
The attribution to Bernard is due to John of Salisbury. In 1159, John wrote in his Metalogicon:
Bernard of Chartres used to say that we are like dwarfs on the shoulders of giants, so that we can see more than they, and things at a greater distance, not by virtue of any sharpness of sight on our part, or any physical distinction, but because we are carried high and raised up by their giant size.
Rushby used the metaphor indicating that scholarship is built on the shoulders of others. I was very enlightened on the detailed process of publishing a journal from costs to the life of a manuscript under review.
The following briefly lists just a few of the many ideas I took away:
- What a publisher gives you is status and credibility
- Journals are a way of appraising the work of faculty
- Report failures as well as successes
- Technology articles overdone include "technology acceptance" and "using your mobile phone, do you like it?"
- COPE is the Committee on Publishing Ethics
Special thanks to Dr. Joel Lewis and Dr. Dan Surry, Co Directors of CDPI for bringing Dr. Rushby to USA.
The following is a YouTube Video of Dr. Rushby speaking at a seminar...