September 20, 2017 | Prof Robert White, Associate Editor, International Journal of Leadership in Education

Running a journal prize for early career researchers

Prof Robert White explores his journal’s ‘Emerging Scholar Competition’ with us

Prof Robert E. White is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, Canada, and the Associate Editor of International Journal of Leadership in Education. His research interests include educational leadership, critical pedagogy, social justice issues, globalization and corporate investment in educational institutions, and he has received five Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada research Awards. In this post, he shares his experiences of establishing and running an early career researcher (ECR) journal prize, and gives advice for other editors interested in doing so.

Tell us about your journal prize…

Over a decade ago, the International Journal of Leadership in Education launched an ‘Emerging Scholar Competition’, seeking to promote early career researchers by awarding prizes for exceptional contributions. The prize was established to encourage new and emerging scholars from the worldwide educational community to become active disseminators of educational leadership research.


What does a journal prize look like?

The ‘Emerging Scholarship Competition’ offers three prizes. The first place prize recognizes significant contributions to research, regardless of the individual’s position within the educational system. As well as this, there is also a prize for early faculty and one for graduate students.

The first prize is accompanied by an award of $500, with $300 awarded to the other two category winners. All winners also receive a year’s subscription to the International Journal of Leadership in Education and are recognized at the journal’s annual editorial board meeting, held at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) convention. In addition to this, winning manuscripts can be submitted to the journal for consideration of publication.


So, what are the benefits?

The competition is significant for emerging scholars who are anxious about publishing their work. It offers early career researchers a venue for publishing their research, allows them access to veteran researchers, and provides editing assistance and advice for publishing the winning manuscripts.

New scholars are drawn to the journal by the offer of prizes and potential publication of their research. Moreover, the competition establishes the journal as a venue where students and scholars alike can work with advanced scholars, where they may ask questions, investigate and learn new skills related to writing journal articles. Good will generated by the competition is invaluable for the journal, and it benefits from having a growing audience base from which to draw reviewers, authors and board members.


How do I set one up on my journal?

Before creating your own journal prize, you should consider:

  1. Creating a means to identify competition contributions: you may need to develop an infrastructure parallel to existing manuscript review structures, though this doesn’t need to be elaborate and may nest within existing structures.
  2. Having strong journal assistants in place: this will be of great benefit, not only to the competition as it is practised, but also to the journal itself.
  3. Contributors are, for the most part, novices: the competition may offer its own reviewers, so as to not raise the level of contributions beyond an arbitrary or reasonable quality.

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Published: September 20, 2017 | Author: Prof Robert White, Associate Editor, International Journal of Leadership in Education | Category: Front page, Managing my journal, Raising the profile of my journal | Tagged with: