Working version of flowchart revised following meeting with research facilitators for Life Sciences and Psychology (also pasted below). Trying to map this into existing processes for research and existing teaching workloads. In some cases more senior researchers across both disciplines will be familiar with specific journals that they are likely to want to publish in at the end of projects. There is some scope to do research / pure experimentation regardless of journal metrics such as impact factors but with more time pressures with REF, this may not work out all the time (or at all) in practice. For academics who have never done a learning technology project before they will not know the audiences / readership of the journal so the reliance would be on eLearning Advisers such as myself to provide this information / advice. With increased use of student data being collected, ethics processes will need to be more visible and may become more complicated particularly with GDPR and Brexit.
We think potentially 2-3 articles maximum for a project as there will be different publishing guidelines / peer review timescales / requirements. If we are applying for funding, apparently open access publishing fees are not often allowed to be included in bids. I will check with existing LT open access journals and add to spreadsheet along with some additional journals to be added over next month or so.
Hoping to provide a list of research interests and locations of projects in addition to the journals spreadsheet over the summer so we can look at where they are already working. For example if they are doing a project in Turkey, writing an article for one of the Turkish journals of online education. This could increase visibility and networking (some of which can be quickly looked at with the authors & titles in the learning journals spreadsheet) and find new partners for their main research interests or future learning technology projects.
We have international researchers for whom English is not their first language so being able to write an article quickly in their native language for a journal in their own country and maybe using automated translation to provide a draft for other journals could be an option. For earlier career researchers, having journal articles even if it’s not within their main interests will be helpful too.
This may not work out at all in practice but this isn’t wasted particularly with the constantly changing requirements and pressures for academics both within their own institutions and potential partners.