Progress, Development and Anxieties; Philosophical Reflections on 8 years of Editing Educational Futures.

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Abstract

Abstract
This article is an autoethnographic reflection on the experiences, lessons, joy, and despair of editing Educational Futures from 2016 to my retirement as Managing Editor in 2024. I examine the initial relationship of the journal to its subject area, Education Studies, and its development to a broader more inclusive globally recognised journal engaging with wider contemporary issues in Education. In this reflection I consider the development of the review process from a formative double blind peer review to a more formal systemised approach, examine the development of the communication between authors, reviewers and editors, outline the lessons learned in revising and editing manuscripts and consider the place of the journal as a key part of the British Education Studies Association. I also examine its relationships with outside agencies such as the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and mainstream academic publishers. The development of the journal during this period brought about philosophical dilemmas including how to handle an increasing workload of more manuscript submissions, more reviewers, DOAJ listing and eventually the need for editorial re-structuring. As a reflective work the article uncovers the deeper joy and anxieties of editorship during a period of change and development which reveal the philosophical nature of journal editorship and the remedies used to cope with them.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-20
Number of pages21
JournalEducational Futures
Volume15
Issue number1
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 12 Jun 2024

Keywords

  • Reflections
  • Editorship
  • Dilemmas
  • Remedies.

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