Contributing to scholarship
Professor Marcus Haward, Editor of Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs
One question posed to me when I became editor of the Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs was: why are you taking on this role? This is a good question given the relative lack of recognition of editorial roles in a climate of increasing focus on individual research outputs in the current university environment. It is also increasingly relevant in taking on editorship of a ‘new journal’. This question leads to a second: would I take on the role of editor knowing what I know now?
Motivations for taking on editorial responsibilities vary, but a common element seems to be a desire to contribute to scholarship. More personally, I am very keen to provide opportunities for early career researchers and provide opportunities for engagement between practitioners and academics. As an editor, you quickly realize that none of this can be done without support. As noted in this “What I wish i’d known” series , this support includes that of reviewers, the editorial board, and the production team.
I was appointed to the position of editor of the Australian Journal of Maritime and Ocean Affairs (AJMOA) in August 2013. Taylor & Francis began publishing AJMOA in 2014. I accepted appointment as editor of AJMOA with my eyes open, after serving as an active member of other editorial boards and editing individual issues of journals. My initial editorial responsibilities included completing the final two numbers as an in-house publication. This gave me a good insight into production issues as I formatted papers, created and sent out proofs, and prepared camera-ready copy for publication.
Working with colleagues in Taylor & Francis to transition the journal to a new style and production format was relatively seamless. This reinforced the key point that journal production is a team effort. This support has continued through this first year, most recently preparing for Editorial Manager. This will be a welcome development, superseding my many manila folders, emails, multi-colored sticky notes, and scribbled “notes to self”.
To answer my second question: yes, I would take on the role of editor knowing what I know now, and encourage others to do so. While the role of editor is challenging, it is also rewarding and the journey is shared. I thank Taylor & Francis colleagues in Melbourne and Abingdon for their support and encouragement.