2013 (and a little 2012…) Year End Review
It’s been an awesome and humbling 16 months since we launched the first issue of Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society in September 2012. We’ve published three issues full of peer-reviewed articles, poetry, a short story, an MP3 and a book review, as well as the many amazing blog articles that you’ve seen posted in this space. We began with fervent visions of what Decolonization would look like and, while this year has taught us many things and shown us some of the challenges in pursing this vision, we continue to dream and work to make the journal and it’s community something special.
We wanted to join the year-end parade and do a short ‘year end review’ for these past 16 months, with the hope of making this review an annual tradition. This review is going to focus heavily on the stats of the past year and we have a couple of reasons for wanting to do a review and to do it this way:
- For those who use their publications for getting an academic job, tenure, or other promotions, where you publish tends to matter. Journal impact scores, while somewhat controversial, still matter, despite the work on building alternative metrics (‘alt metrics’). For those looking for places in which to publish, these impact scores might sway where you choose to submit your work. We don’t have an impact score for you to directly measure our ‘clout’ in relation to other journals you might want to publish in, but this is our little snapshot of how we did this year. Use it as you can.
- We want to be transparent. We’ve appreciated the little data we’ve been able to glean from other Open Access journals and, as we grow, we have nothing to hide or be ashamed of. We’re a small operation, but we’re taking what we have and making it do work for decolonization scholarship. These stats are part of a growing body of literature that suggests Open Access can be a feasible publishing model, especially for those who are interested in reaching the largest, broadest community of people, while still maintaining publishing standards and academic impact.
- We want to share our successes (and failures) with you, the community that has sustained us through this year. It’s part celebration of the year that was, and part accountability in ensuring that we continue to meet the high standards that you expect from us. We’ve had our ups and downs this year (as most beginning ventures do), we’ve learned a lot, and there’s more changes undoubtedly ahead, but through all of that that we’ve done some exciting things.
With that said, who really wants to read a boring, long winded report with lots of numbers in it. So we made a year-end infographic. We hope you like it. Feel free to share it as widely as you’d like and if you have any further questions about any of it, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Thank you all for an amazing beginning to Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society. We are looking forward to what the new year will bring, including a number of special issues and collaborations. Most importantly, we look forward to building alongside the growing community of scholars, activists, artists and countless others who inspire the journal and give it life. Together, we continue to build, struggle, and dream of what decolonization might look like.