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the view of an academic electronic magazine

Dr. John cannon of the University of Nevada is the owner of the electronic journal of science education, which is a completely free academic magazine with strict peer review. He answered a series of our questions and allowed to express his opinions. The details are as follows:

what makes you first consider publishing electronic publications of academic works in your academic field

publishing speed and review speed. The thoroughness of electronic review is much clearer and more comprehensive than that of paper publications

are there any professional difficulties in realizing this decision (such as obstruction from colleagues, tutors and authoritative figures in their academic field)? Please elaborate

of course, many of my colleagues (before my tenure and promotion approval) said, "enough. 13. Vicat softening point: gb/t 8802 (2) 001 determination of Vicat softening temperature of thermoplastic pipes and fittings! This kind of electronic publishing is enough. Let's look at paper magazines." Now, they have to renege on their promises. At least for my unit, my tenure and promotion is a test for the University promotion and tenure Committee. It is said that the question they asked was "have these magazines/articles been peer reviewed?" That's all

a. the peer review process of electronic magazines is as thorough as that of paper magazines

very much agree, totally agree

b. electronic publishing may undermine the integrity of academic rigor

very opposed. (Electronic Publishing) will only make academic publishing more rigorous

c. articles published electronically should be included in the lifelong position and promotion assessment process

very much agree. This can be quoted from the TV program Star Trek: the next generation: "we are the aristocrats of the Boggs. Resistance is futile. You will also be assimilated."

d. the issue of electronic publication is more important for teachers seeking tenure than those who have been granted tenure

very much agree. Unfortunately, this is true. But as time goes by, this situation will change

for an electronic academic magazine, the answers to the above four questions are conceivable to some extent. The problem is that the view that the peer review process of electronic magazines is more rigorous here is undoubtedly a big challenge to the popular view, and provides an interesting opposite view for many views reflected in this study

practical investigation

the managers of 31 universities in Florida and 31 teachers of the University of Central Florida may not be a meaningful statistical sample, but their views can show that the traditional definition of "academic achievement" is now being re evaluated, and even challenged in the academic community. Moreover, the rich quantitative data on the written statements submitted by university administrators and teachers in this survey can make up for the lack of statistical samples. Perhaps someone wants to conduct a revised longitudinal survey based on this study, so that the data collection period can be longer, and all university managers and teachers (or extract a representative statistical sample) in the Florida State University System (FL swing angle orida SUS) can be investigated, so as to obtain research results and explanations like this study. Other electronic academic journals (full or partial electronic Editions), which are the main representatives of academic fields, may also provide some useful insights into the challenges and success of academic publishing through this way

what will be the results of further research in this survey? According to one respondent, the topics discussed here are likely to promote further serious discussion about the higher education system in Florida or outside Florida. The respondent wrote:

although the credibility of some respondents is questionable, this way of collecting data is still very interesting. I hope you and others can take some time to complete this survey. This may become a very important focus topic, especially for new teachers who want to make achievements in academia

the guidelines and policies on electronic publishing, job promotion and academic lifelong job awards may soon be negotiated by University Teachers' unions (such as the Florida teachers' Federation) to determine the professional rights and obligations of university professors. Regardless of whether this negotiation will become a reality or not, this study shows that the Florida State University system needs to formulate formal regulations for academic publications in electronic form. The respondents pointed out that there is no such provision at present, and every time they encounter this problem, they must "be in a dilemma on this issue". One respondent said that such policy Omissions "must be filled in time"

with the continuous optimization of electronic variety structure, the increase in the number of magazines, and more teachers publishing articles on them, the need to formulate a fair, just and clear policy in this regard will become more urgent

"this prestigious academic institution publicly recognizes the academic status of electronic publications."

units outside the Florida State University system also have such pressure. However, this study does not cover all the issues that must be discussed. This research is only carried out for public universities in one state. What is the difference between private universities in Florida on the issue of electronic academic publishing? What about public and private universities in the United States? What about other non university institutions (such as government research laboratories and private industries that are also committed to Academic Publishing)? The findings and related implications of this study can certainly support the argument put forward by Bowers in 1998: "once a technology is applied to daily life, it is impossible to turn the clock back to the cultural model before the application of this technology." Academic publication in electronic form is posing a challenge to the academic community, because it affects the rights of intellectuals. The solution of this problem is becoming a top priority for the academic field and its gatekeepers

of course, there are also universities and other higher academic institutions that recognize electronic academic publications in the process of tenure and promotion evaluation. In fact, in the process of browsing the literature of this study, I found a relevant memo: academic reappointment/promotion instructions (June 10, 1999)

), which was issued by the vice president in charge of academic affairs of Rutgers University to the provost, deans of colleges, department heads and department heads in 1999. The memorandum specifically mentions the qualification of electronic publications for academic achievement evaluation and explains how to conduct identification. For more information, please refer to the relevant provisions of article () of the Memorandum ()

interestingly, this prestigious academic institution publicly recognizes the academic status of electronic publications, but as far as I know, in Florida, those equally prestigious universities have not yet done so

suggestions for future research on the Florida State University System

many variables about electronic academic publication in the Florida system can be discussed from the aspects of tenure and promotion eligibility and academic evaluation. The specific assumptions are as follows:

· ten Florida state universities can be divided into three categories: Comprehensive Universities (four major undergraduate teaching units); The second type of research units (3 fast-growing research universities in the city) and the first type of research units (3 most mature comprehensive research units in the state). How do these university administrators distinguish their academic publication expectations according to the classification of universities

· which universities or departments of universities actively encourage or hinder contributions to electronic academic publications? Why? What is the connection between this and the issue of academic justice

· are there any differences in the recognition of electronic academic papers published by university administrators and faculty members on tenure and promotion decisions

· do teachers who have obtained tenure hold different attitudes towards the effectiveness of electronic academic publications from those who have not

· do university administrators in different disciplines, teachers who have not obtained tenure and general teachers hold different attitudes towards the effectiveness of electronic academic publications

· does further exposure and familiarity with technology affect the type and scope of research teachers are engaged in? Are those teachers who have little contact and familiarity with technology at risk of not being able to "keep up" with the recent development of their respective disciplines


if we hope to improve the quality and relevance of academic awards not only in the Florida State University system, but also in the wider academic community, the continuous discussion and active research on this issue in the academic community in the 21st century must continue. Even without further research, the Florida State University system still needs to establish guidelines for electronic academic publications, job promotions, and academic job awards. Researchers' further dependence on electronic magazines, the increasing number of online titles and the fact that they can no longer return to the world of paper publications determine this need. Scholars are faced with the struggle to find a publishing method that seems to operate quickly or choose a relatively slow (but probably more legitimate) publishing method. This dilemma is not conducive to encouraging the dissemination of knowledge. Only by formulating clear policies can we change this uncertain situation

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