[Athen] Call for papers: 20th Anniversary Issue of ITD-Journal

Ron Stewart ron at ahead.org
Wed Nov 13 13:18:29 PST 2013

Hey all, grand Poobah here :-) While I am no longer the prez, I am still
the prez emeritus and I think that gives me a bit of license.

I meant to reply to this earlier, on this type of content peer review would
be irrelevant but editorial review would not change. How can one peer
evaluate another's perceptions of their experience. Let's not get so tied up
in process that we forget about product. If you get a lot, and I am going to
be surprised if that happens, then perhaps a culling process could occur but
why do that in an online journal. Binary is cheap, as long as we do not go
too far. For me the value is in the interchange, you never know what you
may find out! I learn a lot from my young grand-critters that I have
forgotten over the years of becoming an "adult".

To bring this home. I am thinking about a conversation I had today with a
long time mentee and now a respected colleague who is making some career
decisions. Their comment was that over the years I have shared with them a
lot of advice, some of value some not so much so, but what they hold to
their heart today is a choice sentence that was given every now and then
when it was particularly poignant. Not that I remember saying it, but I
guess I do have my shining moments. It hit the point at the time, and they
hold it in the back of their mind when they have the time to think about

For me that is worth more than all the peer review nonsense I have dealt
with over the years. How do you vet experience, or lessons learned the hard
way. I know that is how I have learned most of mine.


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Subject: Re: [Athen] Call for papers: 20th Anniversary Issue of ITD-Journal

Good question Sheryl re. peer review and copy editing. Since we're asking
for relatively informal editorial-type articles, I wonder whether peer
review is even necessary(?) If it is, I can think of a couple of approaches
we could take:

a) Recruit a small team of colleagues to serve as peer reviewers. (One
person has already offered to serve in this capacity).

b) Have an "open" peer review where people who submit articles give feedback
to each other, with a commitment of reviewing a certain number of articles
(something like two per person probably).

As for copy editing, I think that function is built in. Teresa Haven
typically does that in her role as journal editor, and since you
(Sheryl) and I are guest editors we can help.

What do others think? This is *your* journal ATHEN, so I welcome any
feedback or suggestions.

And thanks to everyone who's stepping forwarding as potential authors!


On Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 6:13 AM, Sheryl Burgstahler <sherylb at uw.edu> wrote:

> How do you plan to coord the peer reviews of these articles? Copy editing?

> ------------------------------------------------------------

> Sheryl Burgstahler, Ph.D.

> Director, UW Accessible Technology & DO-IT, UW-IT Affiliate Professor,

> Education University of Washington, Box 354842 Seattle, WA 98195

> 206-543-0622 FAX 206-221-4171

> http://staff.washington.edu/sherylb

> sherylb at uw.edu




> On Nov 12, 2013, at 4:13 PM, Terrill Thompson wrote:


>> Hi All,


>> At the ATHEN annual meeting we discussed the possibility of having a

>> 20th Anniversary issue of Information Technology and Disabilities

>> (ITD) Journal, and the response among those present was

>> overwhelmingly positive.


>> For those of you who have been in the accessible technology field for

>> a while, please read on and consider submitting an article...


>> The Information Technology and Disabilities (ITD) Journal will soon

>> be celebrating its twentieth year. Technology has evolved in amazing

>> ways since that first issue was published in January 1994, and the

>> evolution of technology has included a parallel evolution in

>> accessibility (both positive and not-so-positive).


>> This 20 year anniversary offers us an opportunity to consider all

>> that has transpired over the last twenty years, and all that still

>> needs to be done. With this in mind, the ITD Journal is seeking

>> articles that explore the theme of change as it applies to

>> information technology accessibility. Many of us who work in the IT

>> accessibility field have been active in this space for a long time,

>> persistently and patiently working to bring about positive change.

>> This is an opportunity for each of us to reflect on what we've

>> experienced, consider the challenges that await, and share

>> perspectives on how we can apply the lessons of yesterday toward meeting

the challenges of tomorrow.


>> Submissions don't have to be long, formal, or scholarly. We're just

>> wanting to assemble a collection of different perspectives that mark

>> this point in time and offer ideas, strategies, and vision for

>> everyone to contemplate as we continue moving forward.


>> The deadline for submissions is December 30. We're hoping to pull it

>> all together and publish the anniversary issue (with lots of fanfare)

>> at the CSUN conference in March.


>> Please consider submitting an article! And if you think you might do

>> so, please let me know soon so we'll have a heads-up on what to

>> expect.


>> Thanks!

>> Terrill


>> Terrill Thompson

>> Technology Accessibility Specialist

>> DO-IT, Accessible Technology Services UW Information Technology

>> University of Washington tft at uw.edu

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