Happy new year to all our readers! Today’s post comes from our new Managing Editor, Dr. Pamela Moss. We are very pleased to share her blog entry as we head into 2017.
As of the beginning of this year, I assumed the role of Managing Editor at Gender, Place and Culture (GPC). I’m taking over from Peter Hopkins who was in the position for three years. We follow in the footsteps of wonderful feminist scholars who have volunteered their time over the years to promote feminist scholarship in geography and build a legacy for feminist geography within the discipline.
I come to the role with some experience as a GPC Editor. As part of my transition back into geography, after having been away for a number of years in interdisciplinary studies, I applied for, and enthusiastically accepted, the role of Editor at GPC. It is hard to believe that it has already been three and a half years! I have learned a great deal working with GPC colleagues. I must thank Robyn Longhurst, Peter Hopkins, Lynda Johnston and Avril Maddrell for welcoming me into the position. Much of my hands-on training came from Jenny Lloyd and Carl Thompson who held the crucial position of Editorial Assistant to the Managing Editor. Maral Sotoudehnia has now taken over from Carl, and she tirelessly continues my training in a supportive manner. I’m getting to know the rest of the editorial team – Kanchana Ruwanpura and Katherine Brickell as Editors, Marcia England and Nathaniel Lewis as Book Review Editors, and Anna Tarrant and Lisa Dam as Social Media Editors.
There is obviously much excellent feminist geography work going on for since my time at GPC, the journal has doubled in size – from 6 to 12 issues per year! As editors, we have tried to figure out effective ways to get this work published. Most recently, the journal has introduced three new publishing formats for GPC: Interventions, Book Review Essays, and Multimedia Contributions. General Descriptions of each can be found here. Interventions are similar to Themed Sections, but the contributions are shorter and organized around one problematic. Book Review Essays can either be an author reviewing more than one book or a group of authors engaging with one book. Multimedia Contributions are accompanied by a short essay explaining the contribution the piece of media makes to feminist geography (see an example here at the bottom of the page).
Even with these changes, the journal will continue to be organized around what I see as its central, most basic value – generating a supportive and intellectually engaged environment for publishing feminist work in geography. Editors seek out leading scholars to provide critical readings of manuscripts. These scholars deliver informed and detailed reviews that assist authors in developing and enhancing the scholarship manifest in the submissions. The feedback, offered in the generous spirit of intellectual expansion (although when you first get reviews as an author, this isn’t necessarily the first thing that jumps in your mind!), gives the authors some direction during the revisions. Editors support authors through the process, especially those going through the process for the first time or are early on in their careers.
I am looking forward to managing the journal. I see my role as one that facilitates the gathering and distribution of feminist scholarship in geography. If you ever have a question about the journal, the review process, or aspirations for publishing, please contact me. I am happy to be part of a conversation.
Let me close with an invitation. On behalf of the entire editorial group, I invite you to submit your work to GPC. For you – all of you – are key in continuing the strong tradition that has made GPC what it is today.