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Interarea/Border-Crossing Session 215

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Session 215: Roundtable: Demystifying Journal Publishing: Challenges of Editing, Publishing, and Becoming Published

Organizer: Hyung-Gu Lynn, University of British Columbia, Canada

Discussants: Jeffrey Wasserstrom, Journal of Asian Studies, USA; Kevin Hewison, Murdoch University, Australia; Joya Chatterji, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom; Tani Barlow, Rice University, USA; Jerry H. Bentley, University of Hawaii, USA; Thomas P. Fenton, Critical Asian Studies, USA

Traditionally the preferred form for some of the social sciences, shorter, refereed, indexed, and easily accessed articles have become more prominent in area studies as a venue for scholarly communications amidst rapid changes in the publishing industry. New communications technologies have facilitated the emergence of new modes of production, authorship, distribution, reading, and recirculation. This in turn has resulted in the proliferation of journals and at the same time, metrics that ostensibly provide ideas for assessing value and impact. How have changes in the publishing industry and scholarly communications affected academic journals focused on Asia? How exactly do journals referee and produce articles? How should authors select appropriate venues for submission? In addressing these and other questions, this Roundtable analyzes the various dynamics influencing peer-reviewed journals within the changing ecology. The aim will be twofold: first creating linkages among journal editors, through the discussion of common challenges and processes; and second, helping make clearer the processes involved in the production of refereed journals to authors, manuscript reviewers, book reviewers, editorial advisory board members, and readers. The Roundtable panel consists of editors from a selection of six Asia-general journals (in alphabetical order - Journal of Asian Studies, Journal of Contemporary Asia, Modern Asian Studies, Pacific Affairs, Pacific Review, and Positions). Editors of journals focused on one area or country within Asia and the Pacific will also be encouraged to join the meeting. Each panelist will briefly introduce their respective journal’s history, mandate, refereeing procedures, and current challenges to initiate discussions.