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Emancipating Scholars: Reconceptualizing Scholarly Output
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Science, Technology and Media, Department of Information Technology and Media. (VAlIT; Scholarly Influence Research (SIR))
North Carolina Central University. (Scholarly Influence Research (SIR))
Hull University Business School (UK). (Scholarly Influence Research (SIR))
University de Nantes, France. (Scholarly Influence Research (SIR))
2011 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This research describes the current state of a scholarly publication machine that is highly dependent on journal rankings. Through a critique of the current system and the methodologies used to measure the notion of quality in scholarly research one can discover that the current system is set up to limit a system of open democratic discourse. The process of journal ranking is inherently political and we show how the use of these rankings can stifle the discourse, thereby allowing only a select elite few to be participants. By identifying the constructs of ideational influence and social influence we attempt to create a composite measure for scholarly quality. We draw from past works on communicative theory and democratic discourse to propose a system that has greater transparency, more equal access, open participation, increased truthfulness, and lower power differences.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Naples Italy: CMS7 , 2011. , 31 p.
, Critical Information Systems Research
Keyword [en]
critical social theory, democratic discourse, scholarly influence, ideational influence, social influence, institutional influence, Habermas
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-14912ISBN: 978887146778-8OAI: diva2:459506
Available from: 2011-12-11 Created: 2011-11-25 Last updated: 2011-12-11Bibliographically approved

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