SCHOLARLY & RESEARCH COMMUNICATION–CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF LEARNED JOURNALS JOURNAL INNOVATION AWARD
Scholarly & Research Communication and the Canadian Association of Learned Journals are proud to announce the winner of the 2021 SRC–CALJ Journal Innovation Award.
This award recognizes outstanding journal work and highlights the contributions that journals make to scholarly discourse. In a time of great upheaval in scholarly communications and journal publishing, and especially in the face of difficult challenges posed by the pandemic, it is important to shine a light on the continuing work journals do in serving and building research communities. It is also important to recognize initiatives that journals are taking to respond to opportunities that digital technology make possible. The SRC–Journal Innovation Award is intended to encourage Canadian journals to engage in innovation with an eye on enhancing impact.
The winner of the 2021 SRC–CALJ Journal Innovation Award is Encounters in Theory and History of Education / Encuentros en Teoría e Historia de la Educación / Rencontres en Théorie et Histoire de l'Éducation, an open access, trilingual, peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary publication that aims to generate vigorous scholarly dialogue among educational researchers in the theories and histories of education. From its beginnings in 2000 its objective has been to generate a space for democratic access to knowledge and to serve as a forum to present and discuss the theory and history of education in a global space.
In making their decision on the award, the judges were impressed by the active innovations being made by the journal in both design and media. They took particular note of the journal’s new Digital Media and Methods Section, which includes supplementary, downloadable videos that can be stored and referred to later with ease. An example is in their 2020 issue, where the article “Senses of nation, pedagogical reflection in the change of script in the national historical museum” was accompanied by a 7-minute video that tours the temporary exhibition of the National Historical Museum of Chile. The video “Synopsis, senses of the nation” reflects upon the challenges that a national history museum faces in the 21st century.
In addition to providing downloadable videos, Encounters in Theory and History of Education also incorporates interviews and art with each of its issues; the culmination of all these innovations is a visual sensation for the reader. And, finally, the fact that it is trilingual, open access, and global makes this a truly inclusive and diverse journal. The efforts of the editorial team to engage readers by using design and media have clearly paid off. Registered users have almost doubled since 2014 and the rate of article views has increased 43%.
Congratulations to the team at Encounters in Theory and History of Education for developing a pedagogical journal that is accessible, international, inclusive, and multimodal.
We received a number of other noteworthy entries that we also wanted to highlight.
One was a bilingual journal engaged in increasing the production of videos and podcasts to supplement the journal’s issues, articles, and conferences.
- One focussed on activities that resulted in dramatic improvements in a number of journal metrics, including submissions (and the number of countries from which submissions came), annual downloads, citation ranking, and institutional accessibility. The commitment and energy of the editor was praiseworthy, indeed, as she worked with researchers and research groups to convene workshops, helped set up mentoring relationships to improve the rigor of research and manuscript quality, and focused on underserved content areas.
- One journal extended its circulation by cooperating with a digital platform, producing bimonthly paper summaries for students, publishing poster and other conference abstracts, and giving special attention to COVID research.
- One journal was involved in opening access and enhancing the online reading experience, metadata for its archives, and facilitating accurate citations.
We extend our thanks to all journals who submitted nominations for the award and we look forward to next year’s submissions.
The judges for the 2021 award were:
- Eugenia Zuroski, Editor, Eighteenth-Century Fiction
- Robert Harington, Associate Executive Director, Publishing, American Mathematical Society
- Rowland Lorimer. Publisher and Editor, Scholarly and Research Communication
Chair: Suzanne Kettley. Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Science Publishing