Call for Editor – JSP

by cmacmillan on February 23, 2015

Journal of Scholarly Publishing

www.utpjournals.com/jsp

The Journal of Scholarly Publishing (JSP) is currently seeking to fill the position of Editor.

The Journal of Scholarly Publishing (JSP) was launched in October 1969 by staff at University of Toronto Press to explore scholarly publishing in the world of the university press. In the inaugural editorial, Marsh Jeanneret, then Director of the Press, outlined the purpose of the journal, discussing the university press’s relationship to its parent institution, the business structure of academic publishing, the nature of copyright, and the rapidly evolving technology of communication – concerns still paramount for university presses today.

Forty-five years later, JSP continues to confront and document the challenges and achievements of academic publishers and serve the wide-ranging interests of the international academic publishing community. Articles examine the age-old problems in publishing as well as contemporary challenges resulting from changes in technology and funding through the exploration of topics such as editorial and publishing policy, computer applications, electronic publishing, effective marketing, and business management. Through balanced analysis of industry issues and concerns, JSP offers a unique blend of philosophical analysis and practical advice that has attracted readers around the world.

The Editor is responsible for determining editorial direction, developing an editorial board and editorial team, searching for authors, obtaining new submissions, and working directly with authors until pieces are ready for production. He or she must also edit the manuscripts, send the materials to the publisher for copyediting, and proofread each issue prior to publication.

The successful candidate must have a deep knowledge of the scholarly publishing field, a good eye for excellence in content and style, and communication and leadership skills, and must be able to manage time and scheduling effectively.

The new editor will be responsible for the publication of the first issue in 2016.

Interested applicants, please contact:

Anne Marie Corrigan
Vice President, Journals Division
University of Toronto Press
5201 Dufferin Street
North York, ON M3H 5T8
Canada
416.667.7838
acorrigan@utpress.utoronto.ca

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

What is Metadata?

by cmacmillan on January 27, 2015

Welcome to the first of a series of blog posts on metadata and why it is important. The information in these posts is great for authors and editors alike, so please read, share, and send us your thoughts.

These posts are derived from a presentation done by UTP’s Production Manager, Antonia Pop. Antonia spoke on the importance of metadata and discoverability at the 2014 Annual Meeting of the Association of American University Presses, the CALJ 2014 Annual Meeting as well as at both CALJ Bootcamps for Editors (2013 and 2014). We will be adapting parts of her presentation here to outline how to write great titles, abstracts, and keywords. Stay tuned for more!

What is Metadata?

Congrats! Your article has been accepted! While it may seem as though the publishing process is out of your hands, there is plenty you can do now to ensure that your article is found and read by people in your field of study. In this series we will explain how and why to make your article’s metadata the best that it can be. Before we begin, we’ll explain a bit more about metadata and how search engines work.

The information that makes your article discoverable is called metadata; that is, information flagged electronically as having some particular function – title, keyword, abstract, author, etc. It is the metadata that tells search engines what your article is about. And it is the metadata that helps search engines decide what to display in response to a reader’s search query.

Search engines operate in two main phases. In phase one, before anyone has started a search, they go out and collect information about what articles are available to them. They index the words that appear in the metadata of each article, tabulate how often they appear, and record where exactly they appear (in the title? or in a footnote on page 26?). Phase two is when a reader starts a search and all this information is fed into an algorithm. Here is what happens: the reader inputs search terms, the search engine selects articles from its index, the articles are ranked by the algorithm based on what it finds in metadata fields, and depending on the quality of your metadata, your article either comes up on the screen immediately or lurks somewhere down around article number 5,000.

What you want to do is make sure that your metadata moves your article to the top of the list. If the search term appears frequently, and in important pieces of metadata such as the title, keywords, and abstract, the article will rank high and will appear near the beginning of the list. If the search term appears only in the body of the text, the article will rank lower and appear further down the list.

Authors can influence the discoverability of their articles by giving them rich metadata that will make them rank higher in readers’ searches.

Takeaways:

  • Metadata is how search engines know what your article is about.
  • Search engines rank articles based on where and how often a search term appears in their metadata.
  • Authors can make their articles easier to find by providing rich, descriptive metadata.

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

Cover_for_websiteThe Canadian Institute for Military & Veteran Health Research and the University of Toronto Press is pleased to announce the launch of the Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health (JMVFH).

The aim of this new open-access journal is to maximize the health and social well being of military personnel, Veterans, and their families by disseminating world-class research to a broad international and multidisciplinary readership of researchers, practitioners, administrators, and policy makers. The cutting edge nature of research published in JMVFH enables clinicians working to address particular challenges to establish best practices and share preliminary results from new therapies that will lead to the next great breakthroughs.

The Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health provides a forum for critical evidence-based research, infographics, testimonials and narratives in the areas of:

  • mental and physical health and rehabilitation
  • social health and wellbeing
  • the transition from military to civilian life
  • family health and wellbeing
  • evolving treatment practices or programs
  • occupational and environmental health
  • novel health technologies related to military service
  • transitions back to family life after deployment
  • health care or health-related policies and programs
  • military history related to health and wellbeing
  • the arts and military health and well-being
  • gender-based research related to any of the above

JMVFH is edited by Alice Aiken and Stéphanie Bélanger, and managed by Mike Schaub.

Stay connected! Be first to hear about the exciting features of the first issue and news about the launch of this new open access journal…
Visit the JMVFH Facebook page

Join the JMVFH email list! Sign up for important news relating to Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health. You’ll receive emails with peeks inside new issues, Tables of Contents, Calls for Papers, editorial announcements, and special offers. Sign up here.

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

blogWritten by guest blogger, Denise Brunsdon

I have been a spokesperson for the Canadian Coalition for Gun Control for many years now. Though working with the organization is immensely satisfying, there are days when it seems like the Harper Government is dismantling every aspect of gun control progress ever made.

But historians have a way of putting the contemporary cut and thrust of partisan politics in perspective. Legal history in particular reminds of the overall reduction in judicial and statutory sexism and racism. And this is why R. Blake Brown’s Arming and Disarming: A History of Gun Control In Canada is a calming and insightful read. It’s the kind of book that everyone in Canadian politics should read. I wrote the review in the hopes that it might encourage just a few more to learn about Canadian gun control from this wide lens.

Also, it was a dream of mine to publish with the Canadian Journal of Women and the Law, even before I even went to law school. The CJWL is one of the country’s most prestigious law journals. To open up a copy and see my book review alongside book reviews by Canadian law giants Rosemary Cairns Way and Mary Jane Mossman is proof positive of the journal’s continued relevance and influence.

The material is as relevant as the authors. From gender in judicial appointments to Indigenous women’s self-determination to the masculinity of workplace grievances, the most recent CJWL issue faces today’s top legal topics.

Congratulations to my fellow authors and the Editorial Board on a courageous issue.

Sign up to hear more from Canadian Journal of Women and the Law.

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

By guest contributor Roger Ivar Lohmann, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Trent University

Roger Lohmann in 2007 discussing Asabano arrows, formerly used in warfare, with elders Kafko and Bledalo during his ethnographic research in Papua New Guinea. (Photo by D. R. Garrett)Roger Lohmann in 2007 discussing Asabano arrows, formerly used in warfare, with elders Kafko and Bledalo during his ethnographic research in Papua New Guinea. (Photo by D. R. Garrett)

Imagine yourself living in a tiny village in central New Guinea to study the customs of its people. Although you’re a foreigner, the locals are kind and share with you. In stark contrast to your own society, they committed to abolishing warfare long ago and have had no wars for half a century. Rather than using organized homicide to achieve political ends, they pray to cool hawkish tempers. They settle disputes and cement goodwill through meetings and gift exchanges. This is the world I lived in as an anthropologist doing ethnographic research among the Asabano people.

Cultures change. As a scholar of how this happens, I loved whiling away hot afternoons in the shade of elders’ leaf-thatched houses, sharing stories. They told me about Asabano culture before trade goods, the colonial government, and mission Christianity arrived from the outside world. Among their accounts were harrowing tales of wars in which they had fought and suffered. They told of whole families slaughtered in surprise dawn attacks, of villages burned, and of children and young women captured to live out their lives among those who had massacred their people. They also told of times when peace-making exchanges and commensality replaced wartime theft and killing. However, when peace was declared between two peoples, it implied a potential war alliance against others. Peaceful relations could be fragile and subject to reverses.

Elders said they were able to end warfare for good as a result of their conversion to Christianity. They maintain peace through a god’s intervention as a powerful mediator with a monopoly on revenge. In situations that formerly would have incited them to join in war, they now pray for those who have offended them, and for God to undertake just retribution. This simple recipe frees them from impulses to organize revenge raids and alliances of war by giving them a means of satisfaction that neither offends opponents nor precipitates new violence.

The fact that the mediator whom the Asabano credit with keeping their peace is a supernatural being—with no scientifically demonstrable reality other than as an idea in their own minds—just shows the power that culture has to generate real-world effects. People make up the cultural belief systems and ideologies they live by. Those that motivate us to make either war or peace can be based on religion, but need not be. By making war taboo, and instituting rituals designed to undermine the urge to make war that are based in universal science and humanism rather than particular supernatural beliefs, disputes between culturally different polities can be resolved without resorting to mass killing and organized vandalism. We have the power to direct resources away from procuring more killing capabilities and toward designing and communicating better peace-maintaining ideologies and rituals.

It takes no belief in a jealous god, for example, for anyone to recognize that when we use killing to convince, even in the name of peace, by definition we are actually perpetuating war. The last hundred years was the bloodiest in the history of war. Since World War I—supposed to be the war to end all wars—began in 1914, globally we have killed over 187 million of our fellow human beings in wars. We should know better than to sanction and use state-sponsored violence as a means of political persuasion. Yet, when taunted by those who use violence against us, even the most powerful states all too readily sink to the level of their bullying antagonists, convincing themselves that answering one atrocity with an even bigger one is a noble, patriotic deed.

Roger Lohmann in 2014 at the memorial of World War I casualty George Harold Baker in the Parliament of Canada during a Green Party of Canada tour. (Photo by Jaymini Bhikha)Roger Lohmann in 2014 at the memorial of World War I casualty George Harold Baker in the Parliament of Canada during a Green Party of Canada tour. (Photo by Jaymini Bhikha)

My late father served in the Second World War. Though his radio-monitoring duties spared him from having to fight, he was deeply moved by the destructiveness of war. For my part, as a young man I was sickened at the possibility that my government could call on me to kill people of another country. When I was a graduate student, my father challenged me to use my expertise in the cause of getting rid of our addiction to war: “You anthropologists should be able to find out how we can stop war for good.” I agreed, but the culture surrounding me kept reaffirming that ending war is a pipe dream. Yet there were others who thought the effort worthwhile. Green Parties around the world, sharing nonviolence as a key value, have continued advocating transition to a sustainable and peaceful society despite stubborn cultural inertia. These influences inspired me to assume, until proven otherwise, that sustainable peace is possible, and to discover what could be learned from the Asabano experience of ending war to help the rest of us do the same.

Refusing to take nonviolence seriously as a real possibility and a viable option for government policies is holding us back. Taking war for granted as a necessary part of life is a self-fulfilling prophesy—an illusion that leads us to keep killing, just as Asabano prayer can be seen as an illusion that stops them from killing. There have to be better ways to resolve our conflicts than killing each other, and there are. Taking a sympathetic and sustained look into the world’s cultures to see other possible ways of doing things—one of anthropology’s specialties—is one of the best ways we have to shake off our own culture’s blinders and complacency that literally keep us killing and being killed.

The notion that war is inevitable in today’s world (a violent ideology) and the resulting practice of continuing to rely on war to achieve political ends (a violent ritual) are cultural notions that stand in the way of our establishing lasting peace. Like other cultural beliefs that are not backed up by science, they have real-world consequences in the vast resources in lives, effort, money, and materials that we direct away from, and actually use to undermine, a society that is actively at peace with our fellow human beings in other societies. “Peace on Earth” can and should be a serious goal rather than a vacuous platitude uttered on holidays.


Read Roger Ivar Lohmann’s articles, “Investigating the Causes of Peace to End War: An Introduction” (French version also available), “A Cultural Mechanism to Sustain Peace: How the Asabano Made and Ended War” and the other articles in his guest-edited thematic section “Ending War and Sustaining Peace in Pacific Societies” in the most recent issue of Anthropologica.

{ Comments on this entry are closed }

IJCS Author Jatinder Mann discusses the Research behind his Article “Anglo-Conformity”: Assimilation Policy in Canada, 1890s-1970s”

December 29, 2014

Written by guest blogger, Jatinder Mann. In the late nineteenth century Canada started to receive large waves of non-British migrants for the very first time in its history. These new settlers arrived in a country that saw itself very much as a British society. English-speaking Canadians considered themselves a core part of a worldwide British […]

Read the full article →

IJCS Author Cara Des Granges Reveals Quebec’s Alternate Interpretation of Canada’s Confederation and its Role in the Seperatist Movement

December 26, 2014

Written by guest blogger, Cara Des Granges. Questions of nationalism and debates over sovereignty are not new to Canada and often spark strong emotive polarized responses. It is important however to take a step back and examine where feelings of nationalism emerge. Many have and continue to write about the various understanding of key events […]

Read the full article →

IJCS authors, Richard Nimijean and Anne Trépanier, reveal the inspiration behind the new issue’s articles on Quebec in Canadian Studies.

December 23, 2014

Written by guest bloggers, Richard Nimijean and Anne Trépanier. The articles in this issue come mostly from a conference we organized called “Where is Québec in Canadian Studies?” We chose this theme for a few reasons. First, while the rise of Canadian Studies as a discipline was intimately linked to national debates exploring Québec’s role […]

Read the full article →

Richard Nimijean et Anne Trépanier, collaborateurs à la RIEC, nous révèlent ce qui a inspiré le nouveau numéro à propos du Québec au sein des études canadiennes

December 23, 2014

Written by guest bloggers, Richard Nimijean and Anne Trépanier. Bien que l’essor de la discipline des études canadiennes soit intimement lié aux débats concernant le rôle du Québec dans la Confédération, il est apparent pour plusieurs contributeurs à cette publication que, cinquante ans après le fameux «What does Québec want?» et les efforts d’une trentaine […]

Read the full article →

Contributor Post: Paying for health care by Canadian Public Policy author Raisa Deber

December 8, 2014

Raisa Deber, PhD Professor Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto What is the best way to pay for health care? As a professor of health policy, I am frequently asked to comment on proposals to change how health care is financed. The rationale varies, as do the goals. Extend coverage? Control […]

Read the full article →