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People-first Systems: Creating community-led editorial management

A call for contributions. Short abstracts due August 15.

Published onJul 06, 2022
People-first Systems: Creating community-led editorial management
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This is a call for contributions to a series about editorial management processes and the communities in which they operate. We ask that abstracts of 300 words or fewer be submitted by Aug 15, 2022 (see key dates and details below). 

Everyone of us, and every group with which we live and work, must become the model of the era which we desire to create.

Ivan Illich, A Call to Celebration1


“Editorial management processes” as a term encompasses both the technical implementation of a publication’s workflow and the social/community practices around which that workflow has accreted. For example, when one interfaces with a software-based editorial management system one is also interfacing with the habits, roles, and values that underpinned the original development of that system, as well as the hacks, kludges and glitches that we encounter (or build!) during workflow.

We seek proposals that will address topics or questions surrounding editorial management processes in practice, such as:

  • What kinds of communities develop around editorial practices and systems

  • How editorial workflow is streamlined, maintained, disrupted, interrupted, or interrogated by technical systems

  • The matches and mismatches between developers, designers and users/administrators of editorial management software

  • How community practices and norms, including issues of social justice and bias, are reinforced or interrupted by editorial processes

  • How artificial intelligence and machine learning can be used in the editorial process

  • How preprint servers and the growing communities around them are displacing traditional editorial systems and processes

  • “Alt-” publication systems, including bespoke, non-technical, or just plain weird implementations of editorial management processes

  • “Speculative” publication systems: utopian imaginings of future editorial processes

Key Details

  • Submit an abstract here.

    • If you have any issues, please email us with your abstract with “author-lastname” + “series 2.2 abstract submission” in the subject header

  • The abstract submission deadline is Aug 15, 2022

  • Abstracts should be no more than 300 words

  • Submissions do not need to be text-based or “scholarly.” We welcome reactions in many forms, including art, fiction, poetry, audio, video, etc

  • While your submission itself need not be text-based, we do ask that your abstract still describe the form and key points of your intended final product

  • If accepted, we’ll ask for you to submit a draft by Oct 3, 2022

  • Final submissions should be relatively brief and focused (essays should be around 1,500 words)

  • Text-based submissions should be written in English, though we will enthusiastically publish versions in other languages if you send us a translation

  • Submissions can (and are encouraged to) include multimedia elements like images, videos, podcasts/audio, and interactives if these assets help to communicate your point(s)

Key Dates

  • Abstract deadline: Aug 15, 2022

  • Responses back by: Aug 26, 2022

  • Drafts due: Oct 3, 2022

  • Pieces published: November 2022

🟢 Begin your submission

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