Education Policy Analysis Archives (EPAA) has just released a special issue on “The Future of Educational Research Journals.” The drive for “world class universities,” and the spread of research quality assessment exercises, foretell a contradictory future for higher education. On the one hand, globalization increases the contact and sharing of information, values, and questions, and it promotes competition. Globalization may thus promote greater productivity on shared research agendas. However, there are unintended consequences in the promotion of a unified language of scholarship (usually English), and the concomitant promotion of certain research journals, which are sometimes even awarded "points" in research assessment exercises.
One consequence is that nearly all “ranked” journals are published in N. America and Europe. More worrisome, the drive for "world class" research courts homogenization if non-English literatures, and topics not of world-wide interest, lose out in a publishing regime that rewards “international” scholarship above all else. By awarding lower assessment scores, this classification may discourage local research that is inherently difficult to communicate to English-language readers.
This call for papers will explore how research assessment exercises and ranking regimes are affecting scholarly journals globally. Do scholars seek to become public intellectuals and write for The Public when they must publish in a language unintelligible to their particular publics? What topics have been lost in the move toward international scholarship? How have library budgets adjusted to the costs of the growing number of commercial journals that are charging ever higher subscription prices? How has the focus of academic research changed in recent years as a consequence of these trends?
About the Journal: Celebrating its 20th year, EPAA is a peer-reviewed, open-access, international, multilingual, and multidisciplinary journal designed for researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and development analysts concerned with education policies. EPAA/AAPE accepts unpublished original manuscripts in English, Spanish and Portuguese without restriction as to conceptual and methodological perspectives, time or place.
Submission Information: All manuscripts should be submitted electronically through the EPAA website and follow the Journal’s submission guidelines: http://epaa.asu.edu/ojs/. We will not consider manuscripts submitted for publication or published elsewhere.
Publication date: May 5th, 2014
Early submissions are encouraged.