Call for Papers – Journal of Ethics in Publishing

The George Washington University Master of Professional Studies in Publishing program is soliciting papers for the Journal of Ethics in Publishing, a new, open access journal. The Journal of Ethics in Publishing welcomes articles, case studies, and conference presentations from scholars, students, and publishing professionals on topics including, but not limited to, diversity and inclusion, accessibility, peer review, open access, sustainability, publishing metrics, equity, and other aspects and issues of ethics in publishing. This online journal will be managed by students in the GW Publishing program. We envision publication of the journal commencing in Fall 2020.

We are soliciting papers from publishing and library professionals, scholars, faculty, and publishing students, on topic areas such as:

  • Ways to ensure publishing is inclusive: in all its dimensions
  • Making sure diverse voices are part of the conversation about inclusion, equity, and accessibility
  • Work to ensure peer review, authorship, editing, publications metrics, etc., are equitable and free of bias
  • Can equitable, inclusive, and accessible publishing become a reality instead of a goal?
  • Institutional efforts to increase diversity, for example, within the Association of University Press (AUPresses), Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), and other publishing institutions.
  • Financial equity and sustainability, including institutional support, and access to research and publications, as ethical issues.
  • Accessibility as an ethical issue
  • How publishers can ensure publications are more accessible

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Alumni of and current students in the GW Master of Professional Studies in Publishing program are invited to present on their Ethics in Publishing Capstone projects, including both “Making the World Better” projects and Case Studies.

Scholarly articles, case studies, and “Making the World Better” projects will generally be subject to peer review, unless invited. Peer review will generally comprise double-blind peer review (wherein neither the author nor the reviewer know each other’s identity), but the journal may also experiment, with authors’ permission, in alternative forms of peer review. Papers from underrepresented voices are especially encouraged.

The GW Journal of Ethics in Publishing is being launched in conjunction with the GW Ethics in Publishing Conference (postponed to Fall 2020). Conference presentations as well as papers based on previously-presented material are also encouraged.

The journal will be published utilizing the Manifold Scholarship platform developed by the University of Minnesota Press, the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, and Cast Iron Coding, though a grant from the Mellon Foundation.

The Journal of Ethics in Publishing accepts four main categories of articles:

  • Scholarly articles and case studies presenting research about ethical issues in publishing
  • “Making the World Better” articles and projects that explore ways of contributing to communities, including local, regional, or global publishing communities or other communities on aspects of publishing, literacy, and so on.
  • Reviews of books, websites, digital projects, and other web resources with a focus or considerable aspect of ethics in publishing.
  • Conference presentations

Each submission should include:

  • The e-mail address of the primary author as well as names and e-mail addresses of other contributing authors.
  • A narrative biography of each author, of no more than 125 words.
  • A short abstract of your article of no more than 300 words.
  • The URL of the author’s personal home page, project or university department.
  • Article or presentation (as an attachment). Articles of 6,000 – 7,000 words are recommended, but shorter articles will also be considered.

The Journal of Ethics in Publishing uses The Chicago Manual of Style for footnotes and references. All links to reference sources, examples, etc., should be checked twice. Hyperlinks to articles or other references should also include date of last reference (i.e. Accessed December 21, 2019).

Innovative forms of scholarship, such as video or audio recordings, podcasts, or narratives, are also encouraged.

The Journal of Ethics in Publishing also requires that all published articles meet basic digital accessibility standards for visual resources. Papers accepted for publication that include images, charts, videos, or other visual assets must include alt-text (or long descriptions) for each visual asset, as well as appropriate captions. For more information on the basic principles of describing visual resources for accessibility in arts and humanities publications, please visit Describing Visual

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