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Six sideways reflections on academic publishing

Lookup NU author(s): Dr James RidingORCiD



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To examine the world is to reveal divergences, a range of potential polities, societies, and spaces, other to the conventional defined space of the research paper on the page. Yet it is possible to push at the edges of a research paper, and kick back against the standardization of scholarship. For variety and a breadth of scholarship is a symbolic and important characteristic of geography as a discipline. A present tragedy of publishing in the academic world is that, as international scholars, we are all increasingly pressured to produce research papers that meet certain externally imposed standards. This monitoring of academia through corporate/capitalist frameworks, can lead to the publishing of ‘safe pieces’, in place of texts that move disciplinary debates radically forward. The Reflections section of this journal was set up with this exact issue in mind. In order to produce lively, critical, inventive interjections on current societal issues, and to open-out what is considered geographical endeavor through creative practice, and in essence, to subvert the research paper itself. It is dedicated to publishing Reflections on issues relevant to, and in, contemporary geographies, offering a space for empirically grounded as well as theoretically informed research. Pushing at the margins of the discipline is its aim, and its revolutionary agenda is to argue that the traditional craft of essay writing perhaps needs to be returned to the forefront of academia; essays that take a walk beyond the norm, other to the standardized research paper format of present (Forsdick 2005).

Publication metadata

Author(s): Kallio K-P, Riding J

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Fennia

Year: 2017

Volume: 195

Issue: 2

Pages: 161-163

Print publication date: 15/12/2017

Online publication date: 15/12/2017

Acceptance date: 05/12/2017

Date deposited: 25/09/2019

ISSN (print): 0015-0010

ISSN (electronic): 1798-5617

Publisher: Suomen Maantieteellinen Seura, Geographical Society of Finland


DOI: 10.11143/fennia.67833


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