The Geneva Workshop on Innovations in Scholarly Communication
from 4-8 September 2023
Arizona State University
Ivonne Lujano Vilchis is a PhD student in Education Policy and Evaluation at Arizona State University (ASU). Her research interests focus on higher education systems, research evaluation, science policy, gender and science, scholarly communication, open access, and open science. She has worked in scholarly communication and open-access publishing initiatives since 2011. Currently, she is the Editor-in-Chief of Current Issues in Education, a student-led journal published by ASU. Her involvement as an ambassador of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) in Latin America has allowed her to collaborate with several universities and government agencies on the adoption of best practices for scholarly publications and open science policies. She has taught in public and private universities in Mexico. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Education from Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México (UAEMEX) and a master's degree with an emphasis in Education from Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), campus Argentina. Ivonne also has a background in dance, she is currently an amateur tango dancer.
Student-run journals are unique spaces for learning about and engaging with the scholarly publication landscape. Student editors and reviewers build their authorial voice and academic identity by leading the editorial process, which may help increase their sense of belonging to academia. Moreover, student journals serve diverse communities and are particularly committed to open access. Indeed, many existing student journals are run under the diamond model as universities host and support their operations. Despite the outlined benefits, there are several challenges when running a student journal. For instance, student journals may be considered few relevant as they are perceived as less prestigious and reputable than the so-called ‘top tier’ journals. This perception might result in lacking institutional or financial support. In this talk, I will share the lessons learned from my experience as a student editor of Current Issues in Education, a diamond open-access journal sponsored by Arizona State University. I will highlight the opportunities I encountered as a doctoral student to actively engage in discussions about topics, methods, and approaches in educational research. Finally, I will present my arguments to increase the support for student-run journals as they are spaces for innovation and recognition of the epistemic value of OA journals beyond commercial interests.