In another post I wrote about Research in Learning Technology’s move to Open Access and since then the transition has taken place.
The web site is open for business so authors can submit their papers for consideration.
We already have some idea of the increase in hits on the web site but the full challenge of increasing the impact of the work of authors, reviewers, editors and others is only just beginning.
Doug Belshaw blogged about this blog post by Dan Meyers and it has really set me thinking about ways to seize the challenge of increasing impact. I should make it clear that I am fully committed to peer review and the need for rigorous research. However, I think that there are big challenges and opportunities in Open Access publishing within a social media context.
Here are a few ideas:
- we are thinking about podcasting and webinars around issues and to support authors (and maybe potential reviewers)
- our work as editors and reviewers is to support authors in producing work that is relevant, rigorous and readable (this is BIG work)
- as editors we wish to continue to improve the quality and effectiveness of our editorials
- we want to consider what other types of content (if any) could improve the journal
- can blogging bring our work to a wider audience
- how can we make use of the clickable link of an open access article to include our content in social media conversations about practice and research with learning technologies?
I would love to hear any comments and ideas you have.
Please note: views expressed here are personal and not official policy from Association for Learning Technology