The GRLI invites researchers to contribute to the Responsible Management gateway on Emerald Open Research, a new open access platform.
Both the GRLI and Emerald are committed to advancing thought and action in respect of responsible leadership and regard collaboration between like-minded communities and organizations as fundamental to achieving this.
The most tangible result of collaboration between GRLI and Emerald so far is the launch of the Journal of Global Responsibility (JGR) co-founded between GRLI and Emerald in 2010.
Last year, Emerald became the first publisher to partner with the open research service provider F1000, starting Emerald’s own open research publishing platform — Emerald Open Research. The platform is designed to deliver rigorous high-quality open access content, support authors and extend their impact. This would be the natural home for bold and path breaking online publication, disseminating highly readable and accessible short articles (from 3,000–5,000 words), with technical materials available as supplemental content.
In a new area for collaboration, the GRLI community is invited to contribute to a Responsible Management gateway, one of six open access research gateways launched in 2018 by Emerald with the aim of advancing knowledge transfer in fields related to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Suggested themes for papers for this gateway include: research into responsible management practices, UN SDGs-related issues for responsible management, Curriculum development in responsible management topics, and responsible leadership.
As a first step, we invite the GRLI community to suggest themes for papers that are in alignment with the call for Global Responsibility. Please send them in a brief note to John.North@GRLI.org by 31 October.
At the GRLI AGM on 8–9 November, the GRLI will announce the topics that have been selected and issue a call for 350-word proposals due by the end of December.
Accepted proposals will be invited to submit thought pieces, tool kits, methodologies, case studies — even data sets may be considered — with a maximum word length of 5,000 words, due by 31 March 2020.
These submissions will appear in this open access collection that is easily available for anyone to read, share and download. Article processing charges for these papers will be waived.
As an example, see this article ‘Responsible management on the organizational frontline: A stewardship perspective’ co-authored by Debbie Keeling from the University of Sussex, and Deans Cohort participant.
Open Research as a New Way to Rapidly Share Scholarship
Open Research is a new and pioneering way to rapidly publish a range of research outputs, from original research articles to case studies and data notes. Research will be freely available to read, download and reuse, reaching a truly global audience. These ambitions align with GRLI’s commitment to connect research and practice in new ways through relational innovation, by helping to share research that overcomes the translation barrier from research to practice, policy maker and lay reader.
Using the open model research will become available immediately (following editorial checks) before it is validated, reviewed and commented upon by the community itself. Authors will be in control of the review process, allowing them to select expert peer reviewers, to respond to comments or questions about their research, and publish revised versions of their articles when and how they wish. The transparent peer review process is designed to encourage constructive feedback from experts focussed on helping the authors improve their work, rather than on making an editorial decision to accept or reject an article. All of this will require some culture shift, and change in incentive structures within the academy, but we are committed to playing our role in the transition.
For the GRLI Community, this opportunity is a new way for us to continue our evolving inquiry into Global Responsibility. The intent is to include the voices of academic researchers, business practitioners, policy advisors, and student-learners. to further stimulate academic debate and advance knowledge transfer in this field. Cross-disciplinary and co-creation approaches are encouraged.
We look forward to hearing suggestions from the GRLI Community and announcing the best themes to pursue at the 8–9 November GRLI AGM.