I know the phrase is getting old, growing a beard and all that. However, spending a lovely afternoon with fellow academics the topic publication is as inevitable as rain in Scotland—even on a Sunday afternoon walking along the shores of Loch Lomond.
So I am to sit down and write on an academic publication, and somehow all I can think about is: What’s the point? I am not handing in my publications for REF and the paper will be accessible earliest in about 18 months. Further, the journal I would write for, has not REF impact so my friend said this is like writing for the news paper—pointless. [Well, at least in terms of academic career progression.]
My problem is: Research needs to be accessible and I don’t think it is acceptable to wait for years until publications are disseminated.
Under this point of view our Sunday conversation steered towards “self-publishing”. I thought would it not be great to create an online journal for postgraduate students, where students could publish articles and undergo a transparent and actual peer review process. Similar to comments on a Blog, Facebook post or twitter—other students and academics can comment and discuss these publications. It would make so much more sense for the students’ research process and would definitely keep the discourse more active.
Now I am not a postgrad anymore and don’t know; should I try and spend weeks of my life to write a couple academic journal articles that may or may not be published? And if yes what is the point?