Talking Academic Journals: Online Fora

17 July 2013, 1508 EDT

At the end of May I posted the Georgetown-anchored bid for International Studies Quarterly that provides a roadmap for what we intend to do with the journal. I also briefly discussed the online model we’re developing for International Studies Quarterly Online, an effort under the capable supervision of PTJ. And yes, we might need a better name for it.

Among the online-only content that expect to include on the website are symposia and fora. We envision this content as less formal and shorter than what you would normally expect in International Studies Review (ISR) or International Studies Perspectives (ISP). In short:

  • It won’t be peer-reviewed;
  • It will allow for blog-style commenting and interchange; and
  • It will leverage the ISQ brand to bring in writers and readers.

These features create, we hope, opportunities to start, continue, and forward discussions relevant to international-studies theory and practice. Assuming this work–and having a dedicated web editor and team should help–many of the fora and symposia will be center around current and past ISQ content (cf. Governance). But some of them won’t.

We have a number of ideas percolating that range from being of field-wide concern to dealing with specific research programs. But I’m curious to hear from you all about what subjects we might tackle. What kinds of things do you think would fit well, would benefit the intellectual community, and so forth?

Feel free to comment here or email me directly.