Tips on Thursdays – when an idea for an #enviroed research article merits book length treatment
To do justice to the originality, depth and elaboration required about some research topics, journal editors may sometimes advise manuscript authors to consider a book length treatment. This is rather than, say, try to squeeze what appears to be every last idea and argument into a journal manuscript, or because a proposed article doesn’t quite match the aims and scope of the journal and another publishing option and outlet may be better suited to authorial intentions.
Over at the journal blog, we’ve posted a list of the research-based book series various board members and contributors to the journal are involved with that look to respond to such publishing needs in the research field. Each series has its own editorial slant, but taken together, it is fair to say they look to publish original material on #enviroed that helps advance the field in various ways.
For example, some look to renew or rethink #enviroed philosophy and practice, others critique or work through alternatives to prevailing viewpoints or paradigms.
At their heart – as our book reviews of examples from such series show – those most successful at surfacing new ideas, positions and challenges for the field, seem to be those which test the worth of ideas proffered by those involved in, for example, the design, architecture and politics of the field and its research. Other notables are those that carefully consider how such ideas, positions and challenges draw critically on as well as speak back to worthwhile intellectual work from neighbouring areas.
Two bottom lines:
1. If you’ve ideas for a book length treatment on an #enviroed research topic, the book series at the link may well be a good place to start.
2. While if you’d like to review books for the journal, please contact our reviews editor, Justin Dillon, to find out what’s involved.