Call for Proposals
Journal of Research Practice
Special Issue on Research Assistantships
The guest editors of the international, transdisciplinary Journal of Research Practice (JRP) welcome proposals for a special issue about research assistantships. This special issue is designed to showcase multiple voices: graduate students, academics, professionals, community members, and other research partners are invited to share their experiences, insights, and concerns around research assistantships. There are few scholarly outlets dedicated to this research learning venue where research team members have the opportunity to acquire, practice, and enhance research knowledge and skills in environments that have the potential to be collaborative and participatory, yet sometimes become exploitative. Thus this special issue aims at bringing forward the multilayered complexities of research assistantships from different perspectives and across different disciplines.
The purpose of this special issue is to cover substantially the topic of research assistantships and illustrate working opportunities, conditions, and challenges within research assistantships. The guest editors encourage themes related to research learning, mentoring, working dynamics, power issues, researcher identity, and communication between researchers and research assistants (and other team members). In addition, the guest editors welcome discussion regarding legal, ethical, and moral issues associated with the employment and education of research assistants. The above listed themes are meant to be indicative and not restrictive.
The Journal of Research Practice is aimed at researchers from many disciplines, so articles should be written in a style that is accessible across disciplines. Final articles are expected to be about 3000–6000 words. Creative formats are welcomed. Reviews of published material (up to 3000 words) will also be considered.
Potential authors should consult the Journal’s Web site for style instructions:
Proposals of about 500 words are invited. Authors of selected proposals will be requested to develop their proposals into manuscripts to be considered for the special issue. These manuscripts will undergo JRP’s usual double-blind review process. Selected articles will be published, after any necessary revision.
July 15, 2012 Proposals due
Aug 31, 2012 Invitations to write articles
Feb 1, 2013 Manuscripts to be submitted online
Apr 1, 2013 Reviews completed
June 30, 2013 Revisions due
Please send your proposal with your name and contact details using the subject line “JRP Special Issue on Research Assistantships [first author’s surname in brackets]” to the special issue editors:
Michelle K. McGinn & Ewelina K. Niemczyk
Faculty of Education, Brock University, Canada
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