Postscript: Reflections on establishing the Journal of Language and Discrimination

van der Bom, Isabelle and Paterson, Laura L. (2021). Postscript: Reflections on establishing the Journal of Language and Discrimination. Journal of Language and Discrimination, 5(1) pp. 78–86.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1558/jld.19564

URL: https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JLD/article/view/19...

Abstract

As we reach the end of our time as editors of the Journal of Language and Discrimination, we have chosen to reflect on what the journal has achieved in the past five years. This piece is not going to meet the criteria required of a formal piece of academic writing. Part of the motivation for setting up this journal was to encourage people from within academia and without to publish a range of different types of output that were focused more on the social, political, and economic issues of discrimination, than external measurements of research ‘success’ such as citation scores and impact case studies (although such initiatives do have their place). We hope that by sharing our experiences we might encourage more scholars to play a role in journal management and help those who wish to set up new journals avoid any major pitfalls. At the end of this piece, we summarise our experiences and offer our sincere thanks to those people who helped to get the journal off the ground and kept it there.

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