CFP: International Perspectives on Science, Culture & Society (Book Series, Pickering & Chatto)

Fern Elsdon-Baker (Coventry University), Salman Hameed (Hampshire College) and Ignacio Silva (University of Oxford) are actively seeking proposals for innovative monographs and essay collections for their series: International Perspectives on Science, Culture and Society http://www.pickeringchatto.com/ipscs.

This series brings together insights from historians, philosophers and social scientists and seeks to build an understanding of the social and cultural context of science, technology, medicine and religion. The scope of the series includes studies relating to both historical and contemporary debates, the interplay between science and systems of belief, and all aspects of scientific research, its application and communication within diverse societies worldwide.

If you would like to discuss a project or send a proposal, please contact Sophie Rudland srudland@pickeringchatto.co.uk, Commissioning Assistant, or one of the Series Editors.

Predatory Publishing: It’s a Jungle Out There in the Wild West

OK, so I’m mixing metaphors here, but the new landscape of online publications does invite both the image of the predatory jungle (“Nature, red in tooth and claw,” as the poet Tennyson wrote) and the lawless American frontier West. Compliments of Edie Brous, nurse attorney—EdieBrous.com—a compilation of recent reports on predatory open-access journals and scholarly conference scams.

Jeffrey Beall, 9/12/12

“Predatory Publishers Are Corrupting Open Access”

http://www.nature.com/news/predatory-publishers-are-corrupting-open-access-1.11385

Declan Butler, 3/27/13

“Investigating Journals: The Dark Side of Publishing”

http://www.nature.com/news/investigating-journals-the-dark-side-of-publishing-1.12666

Declan Butler, 3/27/14

“Sham Journals Scam Authors: Con Artists Are Stealing the Identities of Real Journals To Cheat Scientists Out of Publishing Fees”

http://www.nature.com/news/sham-journals-scam-authors-1.12681

Kyle Crocco, 3/12/14

“Welcome To The Dark Side Of Academia:  Fake Conferences And Faux Journals”

http://gradpost.ucsb.edu/tools/2014/3/12/welcome-to-the-dark-side-of-academia-fake-conferences-and-fa.html

Carl Elliott, 6/5/12

“On Predatory Publishers: A Q&A With Jeffrey Beall”

http://chronicle.com/blogs/brainstorm/on-predatory-publishers-a-qa-with-jeffrey-beall/47667

Martha Harbison, 4/9/13

Bogus Academic Conferences Lure Scientists

http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-04/scientists-duped-fake-academic-conferences

Gina Kolata, 4/7/13

“Scientific Articles Accepted (Personal Checks, Too)”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/08/health/for-scientists-an-exploding-world-of-pseudo-academia.html?_r=1&

Amy Novotney, APA 2014

“Watch Out For Faux Journals and Fake Conferences”

http://www.apa.org/gradpsych/2013/09/faux-journals.aspx

Be careful out there!

LAP Dancing

Please forgive the naughty (but, I hope, attention getting) subject line, but I want to draw your attention to a book publishing scam: LAP (Lambert Academic Publishing).

One of our recent doctoral graduates received a solicitation from LAP to publish in book from her dissertation.

Here is what Jeffrey Beall had to say about LAP back in 2012: http://scholarlyoa.com/2012/11/05/lambert-academic-publishing-a-must-to-avoid/

This publisher solicits from recent graduates, and its Web site invites the publication not only of doctoral dissertations but also master’s theses and even baccalaureate theses.

They offer a quick turnaround from the time of your ms submission to its acceptance (almost certainly guaranteed). There is no anonymous peer review, and LAP even acknowledges that copy editing would only add cost, so your ms is ready for print.

Trust me when I tell you: Reputable academic publishers rarely solicit book manuscripts (except from seasoned scholars or emerging scholars of conspicuous excellence), and even less rarely will they solicit a dissertation. Their in-boxes are already full of book proposals and sample chapters, and the successful publication of a book requires substantial revision of the dissertation. (For example, I chopped my 600-page behemoth dissertation down to a 300-page ms that was published as AIDS and American Apocalypticism.)

A couple of observations about scholarly book publishing. First, a reputable university or scholarly press will subject a ms to rigorous review: not only the acquisitions editor and a specialist series editor (usually a university professor with an active research program) but also two or more anonymous peer reviewers. In other words, a scholarly book (the gold standard for publishing in the humanities, for example) is as rigorously reviewed as a journal article ms.

However, in the discipline of nursing science, the peer reviewed journal article is generally the gold standard for disseminating new knowledge. So, doctoral students and recent grads, work on revising the dissertation in the form of one or more journal articles.

Current doctoral students or recent graduates should consult with their dissertation advisers in order determine the appropriate journals to which they should submit their mss.

Always check Beall’s website if you are uncertain: http://scholarlyoa.com

CFS from Advances in Nursing Science (Future Theme Issues)

Advances in Nursing Science announces calls for submissions for several theme issues:

38:2 – Models of Care for the Future

Manuscript Due Date – October 15, 2014

38:3 – Translational Scholarship

Manuscript Due Date – January 15, 2015

38:4 – Veterans Health- December 2015

Manuscript Due Date – April 15, 2015

39:1 – Translational Scholarship

Manuscript Due Date – July 15, 2015

CFS: Independent Contracting

Special Issue: “Freelancers and Independent Contractors”

Small Enterprise Research: The Journal of SEAANZ

Deadline for Papers: 30th November 2014

Volume 22 Number 2 2015 – ISSN: 1321-5906

Edited by: Dr Tui McKeown (tui.mckeown@monash.edu) and Robyn Cochrane (robyn.cochrane@monash.edu.au) Monash University, Australia

APRNs, nursing scholars researching professional issues, and nurses in consulting are invited to submit papers for this special issue of Small Enterprise Research devoted to Freelancers and Independent Contractors.

The world of work has seen the downsizing and outsourcing of work that once took place as part of a conventional employer-employee relationship. However, today there are a significant number of self-employed independent contractors or ‘freelancers’ working with and within organisations. The concept of a ‘freelancer’ remains vaguely defined in law and poorly understood within the academic literature. Definition of this type of micro-enterprise is also poor with the word ‘freelancer’ used in conjunction with ‘independent contractor’ and other terms. This special issue seeks to understand the nature, characteristics, contributions and challenges facing the freelancer. It also seeks to identify current research activity and directions for future research into this important and growing form of small business. Details here: http://ser.e-contentmanagement.com/archives/vol/22/issue/2/call/

CFP: Aging Studies Conference

Call for Papers N.A.N.A.S. North American Network in Aging Studies Conference

Aging and Age Studies: Foundations and Formations

Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, May 19-22, 2015

  • Intergenerational relations: philosophical, historical, literary and/or gerontological insights
  • Problematizing age: other ways to organize human life
  • Memory and forgetting as personal and cultural phenomena
  • Age narratives
  • Creativity and imagination as a site of knowledge in old age
  • Age and the environment; the meaning of space and place
  • Hegemony of biological and non-biological models of aging
  • Morality, spirituality and ethics as mediated by age
  • Age across cultural, regional, or historical differences
  • Gerontology meets age studies: crossroads of science and meaning
  • Age and the body
  • Age across cultural, regional, or historical differences
  • Gerontological literacy and illiteracy
  • Beyond the young/old binary
  • Disciplinary challenges in an interdisciplinary field
  • Age and personal objects
  • Age, technology, and new media
  • Illustrating, dramatizing, choreographing, composing, and/or performing age
  • Defining age through public policy
  • Age across cultural, regional, or historical differences
  • Geography, politics, economics, and the lived experience of aging
  • Age in the classroom
  • Age and sexuality
  • Age and identity
  • Age-based roles in celebrations, ceremonies, and/or other public events.
  • Age and dis/ability
  • Imagining age
  • Age, nation, development: postcolonial paradigms

Conveners: Kate de Medeiros, Miami University; Erin Lamb, Hiram College; Leni Marshall, University of Wisconsin-Stout; and Cynthia Port, Coastal Carolina University.

Proposal abstracts for individual papers and themed sessions/symposia are welcome. Each person may participate in a maximum of two sessions.

Proposal abstracts for individual papers should include the title of the paper, an abstract of 250 words, and contact details.

Proposal abstracts for themed sessions/symposiaof up to 4 presentations should include the title, an 800-word abstract that refers to each paper, and contact details of the chair(s) and contributors. Researchers and scholars in all stages of their careers are welcome to submit proposals.

Proposals will be accepted until November 15, 2014. Please send abstracts to: conference@NANAS.org.

If you have any questions or would like additional information, please contact conference@NANAS.org. Additional conference details can be found at: www.agingstudies.org.

More Effective Scientific, Technical Writing & Presentations

More Effective Scientific and Technical Writing and Presentations

Penn State’s engineering program provides a variety of media resources to help researchers make more effective presentations and write more clearly. A recently discovered sampling follows:

Writing: Student Guidelines
http://writing.engr.psu.edu/writing.html

Writing: Resources for Faculty
http://writing.engr.psu.edu/handbook/index.html

Presentations: Student Guidelines
http://writing.engr.psu.edu/models.html

Presentations: Resources for Faculty
http://writing.engr.psu.edu/teaching_slide_design.html

Rethinking Scientific Presentations: The Assertion-Evidence Approach
http://vimeo.com/88991194

Creating Effective Slides in Engineering and Science
http://vimeo.com/81809530

Effective Delivery in Presentations
http://vimeo.com/86342823

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