Department of Social & Policy Sciences

Publish and flourish: PhD students turn journal editors

Fri Jun 26 11:09:00 BST 2015

Students at the South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC) have launched a new academic journal designed to give students a place to publish their work and to provide them with experience of working on a journal.

The journal 'TOR: The Open Review for the Social Sciences' is the brainchild of Benjamin Bowman, PhD student in the department who said the initiative grew out of his interest in open access and his awareness of the importance of publications to PhD students.

"When you are an early career researcher, one of the things you really have to do is get a publication or an understanding of the publishing process."

Mr Bowman added that as a student, the world of publishing seemed to him to be a "closed box", and the project has helped him and his peers to get a better understanding of how academic journals work.

The first issue is edited by:

  • Benjamin Bowman (Politics, Languages & International Studies)
  • Harry Pitts (Social & Policy Sciences)
  • Ioannis Costas Batlle (Education)

Contributors to the issue:

  • Benjamin Bowman (Politics, Languages & International Studies)
  • Harry Pitts (Social & Policy Sciences)
  • Alinka Gearon (Social & Policy Sciences)
  • Aurelien Mondon (Staff, Politics, Languages & International Studies)
  • Rana Jawad (Staff, Social & Policy Sciences)
  • Bruce Morley (Staff, Economics)

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