This month, the first edition of ‘Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice’ (JPAAP), was launched, providing the perfect opportunity for a publishing placement student to learn about the hectic world of journal publishing.
JPAAP is an open access, online journal based at Edinburgh Napier’s Office of the Vice Principal (Academic) on Sighthill campus. Straight away, I was made to feel welcome and part of the team, and was able to get involved with several aspects of the publishing process. As this was JPAAP’s first edition, and one of its aims was to support new authors to publish their work, there was a sense that everyone else was learning along with me, and I was able to help set up new processes for the journal, including step by step guides for authors to submit their work using the online system, schedules for upcoming editions, and a house style for copyeditors. I learnt a lot about how to set up and manage a journal, and realised that there is so much more involved than I had previously imagined!
My main task was copyediting the submitted articles. Liaising with the authors was nerve-wracking at first, but again this was great experience and I felt I was making a meaningful contribution to the journal. As I spread my placement out over several weeks, I was able to see the journal at various stages of publication and see my changes being actioned. It was a great feeling to see it finally published online, and to see my name next to it!
JPAAP has provided me with a fantastic placement opportunity and I would like to thank Kirsteen Wright and Karen Strickland for supporting me throughout and making me feel so welcome. The first edition of JPAAP can be found here, and you can also follow the journal on twitter.