Report of the Journal of Graduate Education

Report of the Journal of Graduate Education to the NPC OGM 10 June 2006
By Martin Gough,

I am unclear at present if I can attend the OGM
on Saturday, so I would offer apologies if I am not there.
I conducted a workshop session at the February
OGM with Duncan Connors, where we explained the
variety of outlets for writing on postgraduate
issues, such as for pn and for the Journal (with
recommndation for both! - i.e. you could write in
one style for one and in another style for the other on the same topic).
We are now in a position to complete the final
stage of production of vol.3 issue 4 of the
Journal, with details of the NPC conference now
available to advertise (if there are any other
events you would like to see advertised, send me details).
Professor Alistair McCulloch (Head of Research at
Edge Hill University and co-convenor with me for
the Postgraduate Issues Network of the Society
for Research into Higher Education) circulated at
the time of the SRHE PIN on 23 May a re-drafted
proposal for launch of the new journal in this
field. This enables us to complete the Foreword
of the pending issue, to herald the transition.
The new journal incorporates the
existing Journal of Graduate Education, to
proide continuity in publication in this field
and to acknowledge the invaluable contribution
from the innovation by the NPC. So oostgradute
students, especially NPC members, and others, are
equally encouraged to submit writing to this, for
a Reflections and Reports section, if not
research based articles. I provide some extracts from Alistair's draft:

Proposed Title: International Journal of Graduate Education

Editor: Professor Alistair McCulloch (Edge Hill University)

Associate Editors:
Professor Pam Denicolo, University of Reading
Dr Martin Gough, University College London
Paul Reynolds, Edge Hill University
Dr Peter Stokes, University of Central Lancashire (Book Reviews Editor)

Aims and Scope:

The proposed journal would:
provide a forum for the publication of high
quality articles on graduate education across the world
set the agenda for research on graduate education
provide a forum for debate about the nature and
delivery of graduate education
provide a forum for the dissemination of best
practice in the provision, quality
enhancement and delivery of graduate education.

In each of these respects, the journal would
encourage a comparative perspective and would
publish material drawn from a wide range of national contexts.

Expected Contents:

Research Articles
5,000-9,000 words

Reflections and Reports
1,000-4,000 words

200-1,000 words

Proposed Editorial Board:

The journal will have an Editorial Board, based
within the UK, which will be responsible for the
general oversight of the quality of the journal.
There will also be an 'International Advisory
Board' whose members will all be based outside
the UK. The role of the International Advisory
Board will be to assure that the journal operates
at international levels of excellence and also to
provide papers on recent developments in graduate
education within their areas. This dual system of
Boards will ensure both that the journal operates
at the highest levels of scholarship and also
that it reports the latest developments from around the world.

The membership of the boards has been consciously designed so that:

a) the full range of graduate issues is covered;
b) a wide range of disciplines is represented;
c) the full range of institutional types is represented; and,
d) a range of important stakeholders is represented.

Editoral Assistance

Simone Kruger

Research Office, Edge Hill University

Katherine Straker

Research Projects Office, Edge Hill University

Editorial Operations:

The journal will have an Editor with overall
responsibility for each issue, and four associate
editors, one of whom will act as Reviews
Editor. One or more of the Associate Editors
will be responsible for commissioning papers for
the 'Reflections and Reports' section.

Papers should be sent to the Editor at Edge Hill,
who will oversee the review process. Papers will
be reviewed for appropriateness and length prior
to being sent to reviewers. The review process
will be 'double-blind'. Assistance will be
available to the Editor through the Editorial
Assistants, who are based at Edge Hill.

It is anticipated that there are likely to be
occasional special themed issues which could be
guest-edited. Articles published in such special
issues would be required to go through the same
double-blind review process as articles in regular issues.

Occasional 'expert' pieces will be commissioned,
and it may not necessarily be appropriate to put these out for review.

Papers submitted for the 'Reflections and
Reports' section of the journal will not be
subject to the full review process. These will be
reviewed by the editors who will be able to
accept a paper forthwith to ensure speedy
publication. Alternatively, they will be free to
seek a referee's opinion should they believe that
to be necessary. The editors will also seek to
commission pieces on topics of current interest
for the Reflections and Reports section.

The journal will be published independently in
the first instance with a view to its being
adopted by a publisher once it has demonstrated the market.

Inaugural One Day Seminar, Friday 29th September (provisional date)

Research Ethics and Postgraduate Training: Issues and Challenges


It is proposed that in the first instance, 2
issues per year would be produced with a view to
increasing the frequency. It is proposed that
each issue should contain approximately 150
pages. The proposed date of publication of the first issue is February 2007.

The proposed subscription rates are as follows:

Institutional - 90 per annum (UK)
Personal - 36 per annum (UK)

Institutional - 100 per annum (Outside Europe)
Personal - 45 per annum (Outside Europe)

NPC will be sold copies at 7.50 each to pass on
to their student subscriber base.

[Martin Gough notes: at two issues p.a. and
continuing to supply at no net charge one copy to
each affiliate, with roughly the same number of
affiliates, the NPC may maintain the same sort of budget level as at present.