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The Exchanges Discourse - A podcast about early career publishing in academia

The Exchanges Discourse - A podcast about early career publishing in academia

By Gareth Johnson

Focusing on the early career researcher experience, each episode we talk to authors or focus on a related aspect of academic publication. Drawing on authentic examples we provide advice on better academic writing, share the highs and lows of being an academic author as well as delving into publication planning. Episodes often link back to published articles, to the associated journal, Exchanges, for which this podcast is a companion.
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A Conversation with…Isabelle Heyerick

The Exchanges Discourse - A podcast about early career publishing in academiaDec 22, 2020

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Environmental Humanities & Transdisciplinary Research: In Conversation with Justin Westgate

Environmental Humanities & Transdisciplinary Research: In Conversation with Justin Westgate

This episode I talk with past journal author, Julian Westgate, about the paper he authored entitled Corals, Geo-Sociality, and Anthropocene Dwelling. Along the way we discuss the challenges of publishing as a ‘transdisciplinary scholar’ and also Justin’s reflections on conducting fieldwork around the Great Barrier Reef. As always we touch on experiences of publication and publishing, especially with an eye for advice for first time authors and early career scholars.

For more on publishing with Exchanges, see our online guide for authors. Or to read Justin’s article visit: https://doi.org/10.31273/eirj.v10i2.979.

Timecode

0:00 Opening

0:42 Introduction

4:28 Paper overview

13:34 Other research & work

17:28 Positive publishing experiences

21:21 Publication challenges

24:10 Advice for authors

30:45 Closing

Jun 07, 202331:32
The Textures of Research: In Conversation with Berilsu Tarcan

The Textures of Research: In Conversation with Berilsu Tarcan

This episode I talk to past journal author Berilsu Tarcan (Norwegian University of Science and Technology), about the paper she co-authored Repositioning Craft and Design in the Anthropocene: Applying a More-Than-Human approach to textiles as part of our recent special issue. We discuss the challenges of publishing design and artifact related research, as well as exploring Berilsu’s current research focus. We close with considerations and advice for authors looking to submit their papers to Exchanges and other academic journals.

For more on publishing with Exchanges, see our online guide for authors. Or to read Berilsu’s article visit: https://doi.org/10.31273/eirj.v10i2.973 ---

Episode Index

00:00: Opening 00:52: Introduction 05:55: Article Perspectives & Insight 14:34: Current Research Activities 19:00: Publication Feedback Experiences 25:00: Article Publication Advice 31:06: Closing Conversations 31:50: Outro
May 24, 202332:37
Presidential History and Digital Pedagogies: In Conversation with Rebecca Stone

Presidential History and Digital Pedagogies: In Conversation with Rebecca Stone

We talk with past journal author Rebecca Stone (University of Warwick) about her paper Scaling Up: The pedagogical legacy of Then & Now, as well as her work on US presidential history – especially pertaining to Harry Truman. We move on to discuss pandemic lessons for effective digital pedagogies and what students can learn from trying and failing. As always, we offer advice for early career and first time academic authors in publishing a journal article.

For more on publishing with Exchanges, see our online guide for authors.

Digital Pedagogies Library: https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/dal/digitalpedagogylibrary/

Episode Index

00:00: Opening 00:49: Introductions 02:48: Article Perspectives 06:15: Lockdown Pivot 14:52: Harry Truman & Higher Education 20:55: Post-Pandemic Digital Pedagogies 31:50: Publishing Horror Stories 39:02: Publishing Advice 43:03: Outro
May 03, 202343:60
Interdisciplinarity & Publishing: A Panel Discussion
Mar 22, 202356:50
Considering Conversations: Creating Informal & Informative Academic Discussion Articles
Feb 22, 202325:33
Creating Critical Reflection Articles: The What, The Why, The How and The Where

Creating Critical Reflection Articles: The What, The Why, The How and The Where

In this episode the Editor-in-Chief talks in some depth about one of the Exchanges journal’s article submission formats: critical reflections. He explores what they are, why they matter and how authors might go about writing one for the Journal.

Episode Index:

Introduction (01:08) Defining critical reflections (04:12) Why they matter (09:28) Writing critical reflections (14:08) Wrap up (21:12)

For an earlier discussion see this blog post. Or to access Exchanges submission guidelines visit here.

Jan 18, 202323:58
In Conversation with Colin Hutchinson: The Social Novel & Anita Mason
Dec 20, 202217:25
In Conversation with Pavel Fedotov: Five Forces
Dec 20, 202212:44
In Conversation Again with Huayi Huang: Realism & Epistemologies

In Conversation Again with Huayi Huang: Realism & Epistemologies

In this episode we talk to Huayi Huang (Usher Institute of Health and Wellbeing, The University of Edinburgh, Scotland) about his work and publications. We focus in on Huayi’s recent article – Reflections from Research Practice: Realism and its reality, coming to know this, and working out its mechanisms of socio-material change – which appeared in the Autumn 2022 issue (Exchanges v10.1). In a broad conversation we discuss realism, knowledge systems, compromises and normalising change. As always, the episode wraps up with suggested advice on early career and first-time academic journal authors, focusing in on how to successfully overcome trepidations at the point of submission.

Dec 02, 202233:05
In Conversation with Simon Varwell: Citizen Participation & Partnerships

In Conversation with Simon Varwell: Citizen Participation & Partnerships

In this episode we talk to Simon Varwell (SPARQS, Edinburgh, UK) about his work and publications. We focus in on Simon’s recent article – A Literature Review of Arnstein’s Ladder of Citizen Participation: Lessons for contemporary student engagement – which appeared in the Autumn 2022 issue (Exchanges v10.1). In a wide ranging conversation we discuss Arnstein’s relevance in various sectors today, explore student partnerships and representation within tertiary education alongside reflections on effective peer-reviewer practice. As always, the episode wraps up with suggested advice for early career and first time authors looking to publish within academic journals.

Nov 23, 202239:32
In Conversation with Harriet Richmond

In Conversation with Harriet Richmond

In this episode we talk to Harriet Richmond (Organisational Development Consultant for Research Active Staff, University of Warwick, UK) about her work and publications. We focus on her recent article entitled The Use of Collage in Autoethnography, which appeared in the Autumn 2022 issue (Exchanges v10.1). Our lively discussions also touch on the marketisation of higher education, the Non-Traditional Research Methods Network, locating oneself within a discipline and the role ‘organisational stories’ play in defining and propagating an institution’s predominant cultural impetus. As always, we finish by chatting about advice for postgraduate and early-stage researchers in terms of publishing, and especially dealing with ‘challenging’ reviewer feedback.

Nov 15, 202233:54
So, What Makes a Good Peer-Reviewer?

So, What Makes a Good Peer-Reviewer?

Stemming from a question and discussion at a recent journal and publishing workshop, the interdisciplinary Exchanges journal's Editor-in-Chief offers a few thoughts about the qualities he considers makes a good reviewer. From an ability to deliver (and respond) on time to feedback requests, through to a sense of self-awareness and academic rigor, this short episode offers a little food for thought on the matter.

For more about becoming a peer-reviewer with Exchanges, read our online guide.

Nov 10, 202213:08
In Conversation with Kwasu David Tembo

In Conversation with Kwasu David Tembo

In this episode we talk to Kwasu David Tembo (Lecturer, Humanities and Social Science, Ashesi University, Accra, Ghana) about his research and publications; focusing on the Exchanges article Social and Spatial Representations of the Nerd in Donnie Dark, which appeared in our most recent special issue on The Lonely Nerd special issue (Exchanges, v9.3). We discuss representation within nerd culture, take a segue into the fictional universe of Doctor Who, before examining issues of belonging, identity and community within various subcultural groups. As always, the episode also explores authorial advice for postgraduate and early career researchers in terms of publishing, and especially dealing with ‘challenging’ reviewer feedback.

Oct 26, 202231:58
In Conversation with Sharon Coleclough

In Conversation with Sharon Coleclough

In this episode we talk to Sharon Coleclough (Senior Lecturer, Culture, Heritage and Society, Staffordshire University, UK) about her research and publications; focusing on her Exchanges article So Many Ways to be an Outsider: ‘Nerdism’ and ethnicity as signifiers of otherness which appeared in our recent Lonely Nerds special issue. We talk about her research into representation, and her exciting progress into new avenues of publication and research. The episode touches on advice for postgraduate and early career researchers in terms of establishing your personal brand, researching your passions and how to accept feedback on your writing more effectively.

Oct 13, 202235:35
In Conversation with Alena Cicholewski
Sep 27, 202219:48
In Conversation with Natalia Rumak

In Conversation with Natalia Rumak

In this episode we talk to Russian scholar Natalia Rumak (The Institute of Asian and African Studies, Lomonosov Moscow State University), about her research and publications, especially her article Sherlock and Shārokku: ‘Nerdy’ detectives in the West and in the East which appeared in our recent Lonely Nerds special issue. We move on to talk about the highs and lows of being a publishing academic, focusing in on issues of native and non-native speakers writing in different languages. We finish as always by offering advice to potential early career authors for publishing in future issues of Exchanges and other journals

Aug 31, 202227:28
In Conversation with Francesca Brunetti

In Conversation with Francesca Brunetti

This episode we talk to scholar, artist and past-Exchanges author, Francesca Brunetti (ISI Florence, Italy), about her paper Delicious Bodies, Beautiful Food, Powerful Pleasure, which appeared in the most recent issue of the Exchangesjournal (V9.2). Along the way we touch on desire and pleasure, food and sex, and cultural perceptions of the southern Italian women. We also talk about some of Francesca’s work in progress, alongside her advice for new authors too.

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If you’d like to be featured in a future episode, then find out here how to submit your paper to Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal.

Jun 22, 202215:45
In Conversation with Jon Braddy

In Conversation with Jon Braddy

We talk with Jon Braddy, Florida Gulf Coast University, about his paper Utilizing the Octothorpe (#): Schizoanalytic cartographies recognized in War Games, which appeared in the most recent issue of the Exchanges journal (V9.2). Along the way, aside from contrasting the trans-Atlantic weather differences, we look at passion how it can serve to evolve your own academic voice within your writing. We also discuss some areas of mutual challenges for authors and editors of scholarly journals, and reflect on the value and process of peer-review.

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If you’d like to be featured in a future episode, then find out here how to submit your paper to Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal.

Jun 22, 202227:43
What Do I Get Out of Publishing with Exchanges?
Mar 25, 202213:30
In Conversation with Monica Mastrantonio

In Conversation with Monica Mastrantonio

In this episode I chat with visiting professor in English and Related Literature at the University of York, Monica Mastrantonio. Our initial conversation concerns her recent article in Exchanges, The Question of Time for Norbert Elias: Challenges of an interdisciplinary concept and approach towards time. As a result we discuss topics including the meaning of ‘figurational sociology’, the work of Norbert Elias and in particular how this allows us to better understand our own relationships with time. Contrasting the medieval experience with the present, Monica discusses how humanity increasingly utilises time as a framework for organising everything including the forging of interpersonal connections. We touch too on the concepts of ‘meaningful time’ and the value of diverse relationships. Moving on, our discussions move to explore Monica’s research and current publication plans, before we shift to examining some of her broader experiences in publishing. In particular, Monica shares her thoughts and advice for first time and early career authors.

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If you’d like to be featured in a future episode, then find out here how to submit your paper to Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal.

Feb 24, 202228:04
In Conversation with Huayi Huang

In Conversation with Huayi Huang

In this extended episode, we talk with researcher Huayi Huang of the University of Edinburgh about their research and publications. At the heart of our early discussions is Huayi’s excellent paper published in Exchanges volume 9 issue 1 - A Tasty Encounter with Routine Dynamics Ideas. Huayi goes on to clarify the relevance of routine dynamics thinking both in research and everyday contexts. Then the conversation progresses to encompass wider-ideas around the concepts of stability and change alongside considering the positive contributions early career researchers can make within public society. Naturally, as always, we also chat about our author’s current and future publication plans, before finishing with examining some thoughts on how to support early career researchers in their publication activities.

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If you’d like to be featured in a future episode, then find out here how to submit your paper to Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal.

Feb 18, 202228:39
In Conversation with Elloit Cardozo

In Conversation with Elloit Cardozo

In this episode Elloit Cardozo talks about his research activities, especially as they relating to his recent paper ‘The Sagacity of Words’: Gandhi and 21st Century Hip Hop. Elloit discusses how the paper was partly inspired from desires to provide an easier route for younger school and university students to gain a greater understanding of the life and times of Gandhi. While deploying an analytical lens empowered through Hip-Hop music might seem an unusual approach to some readers, Elloit explores how it offered him a fresh and exciting way to explore the topic. Elloit also takes us into his current publishing plans, and how The Big Lebowski factors into them, before finishing by offering advice to other early career researchers looking towards publishing their first paper.

Find out how to submit your paper to Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal here.

Feb 01, 202214:01
In Conversation with Mehdi Moharami
Jan 27, 202216:30
Looking Back at Volumes 8.4 and 9.1 of Exchanges

Looking Back at Volumes 8.4 and 9.1 of Exchanges

We cap off a year for the journal and the podcast, with a look back at the contents of the last two issues of the year. Volume 8.4 was a special issue, dedicated to the Then & Now projects and looked at the experience of art students studying at Warwick over the past half a century. By contrast Volume 9.1 of Exchanges was a regular journal issue, and brought a selection of articles dealing with everything from ethnography to Norbert Elias to GMOs and Early Career Researcher experiences.

Dec 21, 202117:54
A Conversation about Educational Podcasting with Jim Judges

A Conversation about Educational Podcasting with Jim Judges

In this episode, I talk with Warwick’s Jim Judges about a topic close to both of our hearts: educational podcasting. Acting as an introduction to anyone in higher education who might be wondering about the basics of creating, configuring and producing a podcast our conversations take in such topics as effective hosting, timing, editing and the all-important theme of keeping guests to time. The conversation is inspired in part by a recent workshop panel discussion on academic podcasting, hosted at the University of Warwick.

Dec 15, 202124:29
A Conversation with...Catherine Price

A Conversation with...Catherine Price

In this episode we talk with Dr Catherine Price of the University of Nottingham. We discuss her current research into ‘biochar’, along with her work on the ‘Anthropocene and More Than Human World’ project, which is leading to a future special issue of the journal. We touch on some of the benefits from collaborative authorship in academia, as well as how emerging professional networks can serve to enhance writing skills, enthusiasm and achievement for early career researchers. As always, we close we some words of advice for first-time academic authors.

Oct 12, 202112:42
Everyone’s Talkin’ At Me: Growing Your Own Podcast

Everyone’s Talkin’ At Me: Growing Your Own Podcast

In this special episode, which was featured as a paper at the Mercian Collaboration 2021 Conference: Adaptation and Growth in Times of Adversity, we take a look at academic/educational podcasting - as illustrated through the experiences of the Exchanges Discourse. 

The episode spotlights the podcast's relatively recent genesis and subsequent evolution. Alongside this, the practical, technological and production processes are showcased, combined with reflections on elements such as show formats, guest management and publicising. Through revisiting the podcast’s trials, tribulations and triumphs, the episode also highlights routes to overcoming some of the challenges which were encountered. Moreover, the crucial value derived from embracing an ‘authentic and de-marketised’ discourse within your audio content will be stressed throughout.

Consequently, listeners may be inspired and informed to explore how their own library services could be actively, effectively and engagingly promoted through audio content to reach new audiences.

Sep 09, 202109:60
A Conversation with…Rob Horsfield

A Conversation with…Rob Horsfield

In this summery episode we talking to one of the author contributors to our climate-fiction (clifi) special issue, Rob Horsfield. Touching on his current work with the NHS we move to examine some of the themes in his article concerning the works of Philip K Dick and the Anthropocene. Moving on we also discuss some of the challenges faced by first time academic authors, and the value especially of collaboration with editors, reviewers and fellow authors in improving our writing practice.

Aug 10, 202116:42
6 (or so) Ways to Get Involved with Exchanges

6 (or so) Ways to Get Involved with Exchanges

In this episode, our resident Editor-in-Chief and host talks about 6(ish) ways early career and established researchers can get involved in our scholar-led journal. While some are unique to our host institution and our partner organisations, there’s still more than enough different routes to contribute to the journal’s mission, while enriching your own career prospects too. Find out how – in this episode!

Jun 10, 202106:44
A Conversation with…M Onat Topal

A Conversation with…M Onat Topal

In this episode we discuss the article, ‘Use of Artificial Intelligence in Legal Technologies: A critical reflection’ and some of its implications with its lead author. As usual we delve into the guest’s current research and publishing activities, before closing with some advice for first time and new academic authors.

Jun 01, 202119:37
Introducing Volume 8.3 of Exchanges

Introducing Volume 8.3 of Exchanges

In this episode we take a brief look at each of the articles published in the latest issue of the Exchanges research journal. If you’re wondering if reading the issue was for you, hopefully this episode will whet your appetite to dive in headfirst to the journal!

May 20, 202106:14
A Conversation with…Mark Readman

A Conversation with…Mark Readman

In this episode we talk with Principal Academic in Media Education, Mark Readman, from the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University. We talk through Mark’s thoughts on publication as an editor and author, as well as exploring some of his current research and publication plans. Along with advice for first time authors, we also diverge into a brief discussion concerning 1980s UK sitcoms.

May 13, 202120:37
A Conversation with...Urmee Chakma

A Conversation with...Urmee Chakma

In this episode, we talk with doctoral candidate Urmee Chakma, from the Faculty of Education at Monash University about her recent publication with the Exchanges journal. We also talk about the challenges of teaching English to speakers of other languages, and her advice for authors approaching publication for the first time.

Apr 23, 202114:58
A Conversation with…Doro Wiese

A Conversation with…Doro Wiese

In this episode, I talk with WIRL-COFUND research fellow, Dr Doro Wiese, from the University of Warwick’s School of Languages & Culture. We discuss her current epistemological research, before focussing on her experiences with academic publication. As always, we finish with advice for those looking to publish academic work for the first time.

Mar 31, 202113:51
Conversations with…Associate Editors

Conversations with…Associate Editors

In this very special episode of the podcast, we talk to three of the post-graduate researcher associate editors who’ve been working on the journal: Giulia Champion, Nora Castle and Melissa Pawelski. We look at their varied editorial experiences, what they’ve each learned along with reflections of what they’d do differently next time. Along the way, we also take the time to explore their advice and tips for new scholars taking their first steps into authorship and editorial work.

Feb 04, 202135:06
The Cultural Representations of Nerds – in Conversation with Dr Filippo Cervelli & Dr Ben Schaper

The Cultural Representations of Nerds – in Conversation with Dr Filippo Cervelli & Dr Ben Schaper

In this episode recorded at the end of 2020 we are joined by Dr Schaper and Dr Cervelli, two scholars who’ve been working for the journal for the past year on a special issue. Reflecting on their experiences of involvement with Exchanges, the pair also discuss the background and motivations for the issue. Finally, they also share some advice for first-time academic authors. The related event and issue will be appearing, later in 2021.

Jan 14, 202114:25
A Conversation with…Isabelle Heyerick
Dec 22, 202019:07
A Conversation with…Dr Julia Gauly

A Conversation with…Dr Julia Gauly

This episode we are joined by Institute of Advanced Study Early Career Fellow, Dr Julia Gauly to talk about her research work and publishing experiences. Based at Warwick Medical School, Julia’s work focuses on evaluating sexual health information provision and, especially as a route to enhancing accessibility and public health, the impacts from increased its availability via local pharmacies. Julia also takes the time to share her own learning journey with respect to publishing, along with providing some words of advice for first time and other early career authors.

Dec 03, 202011:21
Reflections on: Exchanges Volume 8, Issue 1

Reflections on: Exchanges Volume 8, Issue 1

In this episode we take a brief look at the papers and themes in the Autumn 2020 issue of The Exchanges Journal (Volume 8.1, published October 2020). Alongside this, we also provide outline details of our next themed call for papers on the topic of ‘A.I. – Panic or Panacea’, the full details of which can be found on the Exchanges website: https://exchanges.warwick.ac.uk/index.php/exchanges/announcement/view/28

Nov 26, 202007:43
A Spoken Abstract from…Dr Mairi Gkikaki
Nov 03, 202004:39
A Conversation with…Dr Ioana Vrabiescu.

A Conversation with…Dr Ioana Vrabiescu.

In this episode we are delighted to be joined by one of Warwick’s WIRL-COFUND research fellows, Dr Ioana Vrabiescu, to talk about her current work in the realm of trans-national policing and targeting of Romanian citizens for deportation. We move on then to focus on Ioana’s publication experiences, including her current projects along with the good and bad moments she’s experienced along the way. The episode concludes with her advice for any early career researchers looking to publish their own work.

Oct 15, 202013:42
Do you want to build a Special Issue?

Do you want to build a Special Issue?

If you’ve ever thought about proposing a special issue of the Exchanges journal, then this is the episode for you. In it we talk through the areas which any proposer needs to think through, ahead of their initial conversations with the editor in chief. Reflecting back on our own recent editorial experiences, we propose five key areas that would benefit from preparatory thought and consideration, before we can say ‘Yes!’ and kick off yet another special issue project.

Oct 06, 202012:29
Reflections on: Exchanges Volume 7, Issue 3
Jul 09, 202007:53
Art Students Then & Now
Jul 01, 202011:14
Having Your Manuscript Declined & How To Avoid It

Having Your Manuscript Declined & How To Avoid It

In this episode we look at some of the common author errors that lead to submitted manuscripts being declined by academic journals. After briefly examining why journals will decline work, the episode moves to consider some advice on how academic authors can avoid their manuscripts falling by the wayside. The episode is, as always, illustrated in the light of the experiences of the scholar-led, open access, Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal.


Jun 16, 202015:18
For Our Consideration

For Our Consideration

In this second episode, we look at the kinds of articles that the Exchanges interdisciplinary journal considers for publication, along with some guidance about what to think when writing them. The episode also lightly explores the difference between our peer reviewed and non-reviewed works.

May 21, 202008:39
Introducing the Exchanges Journal

Introducing the Exchanges Journal

Welcome to the first podcast, focussing on the Exchanges: The Interdisciplinary Research Journal, a scholar-led title published by academics at the University of Warwick. In this first episode the managing Editor in Chief (Dr Gareth J Johnson) provides a brief introduction to the title, its mission and the kinds of material it publishes.

May 06, 202007:11