The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) provided funding to a Brock University journal to pursue innovative activities and help defray publication costs.
Brock Education: A Journal of Educational Research and Practice received $71,310 from SSHRC’s Scholarly Journals Aid Program — the first time a journal hosted and edited at Brock University “has won this prestigious award,” says editor-in-chief Trevor Norris.
“Winning this award is a testament to the high quality of the journal’s published research and the broad readership it reaches, and is a positive assessment of the journal’s future plans,” says Norris, associate professor in Brock’s Department of Educational Studies. .
“The award also demonstrates the importance of the Faculty of Education and its professors in supporting and promoting high quality educational research in Canada and elsewhere,” he says.
Currently, Brock Education: A Journal of Educational Research and Practice is produced at Brock University twice a year. Norris says the SSHRC grant will help improve the social media promotion process to increase readership; developing the “Meet the Authors” video section; develop hyperlinks within and between articles; and improve data analysis processes.
Additionally, the grant will support two special issues for 2022 and 2024: “Teacher Environmental and Sustainability Education: Canada and the International Field” and an exploration of how math learning and teaching happens in the classroom.
Norris says the journal averages 60 to 160 articles viewed daily, and even more when new issues come out.
Brock Education explores the research and practice of teaching and learning at all levels: elementary and secondary schools; teacher training and teacher development; higher education and adult education; and education in the community or workplace.
“The benefit of the general focus of the review is that it leaves open the question of what exactly education is, reflects the range of work carried out in the field, and includes a range of research methodologies as ‘it investigates important educational issues, thereby attracting a broad and growing readership,’ says Norris.
Brock Education: A Journal of Educational Research and Practice is one of 13 journals produced at Brock University and hosted on the Brock University Open Journal System.
“Hosting journal titles on this service allows editors to not worry about the technical aspects of the job, but to focus on the most important parts of the peer review process,” says Tim Ribaric, Librarian digital exchanges, which administers the journal platform. .
Ribaric says the SSHRC funding is recognition that open access publications, such as Brock Educationdeliver high-impact research to a wide audience around the world.
Open access publications allow anyone to be able to read journal articles without having to pay the often exorbitant fees associated with journal subscriptions. This means articles are free to both authors and readers, increasing readership and reach, he says.
Associate Vice President, Research Michelle McGinn, who has published three articles in Brock Education over the years and co-edited a recent guest issue, says funding from the Scholarly Journal Assistance Program “signals the quality and impact of the journal, which depend on the editorial focus and capacity of the journal to attract authors, critics and readers.
“Importantly, the funding will now allow the editorial team to produce even more great content and ensure more people see Brock Education as an important scientific source and outlet for their work,” she says.
These latest developments for the journal have a long history behind them. The first issue of Brock Education: A Journal of Educational Research and Practice began as a newsletter in the winter/spring of 1991. By 1999 the newsletter had grown into a publication with full articles, and by the mid-2000s began appearing online.
In 2008, publication focused more on academically rigorous articles. The peer review process has been consolidated with review forms to support constructive peer review feedback. The journal was one of the first to be published on Brock University Library’s open journal system in 2012.