Why Edit a Journal? Academic Irony and Paradox

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    Although journal editing is central to scholarly enterprise, helping to maintain academic standards and shape disciplines, it is frequently discouraged within the academic assemblages that depend on it. Following recent contributions by geographers to discussions on academic service such as book editing and reviewing, this article explores some ironies and paradoxes of journal editing. It first discusses the challenges of journal editing as well as its problematic place in “academic capitalism.” It then examines professional and personal rewards of journal editing. Despite strong disincentives, journal editing offers valuable opportunities for self-development and deepening professional networks, as well as for refining the discipline.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)159-165
    Number of pages7
    JournalThe Professional Geographer
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Jan 2016


    • academic capitalism
    • editing
    • journal editing
    • open access
    • scholarly service


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