Gateways Journal now 'Open'
The latest volume of the peer-reviewed, online journal, Gateways: International Journal of Community Research and Engagement, marked some important firsts with its launch on 16 January.
It is the first volume produced under a new partnership between UTS Shopfront at the Centre for Social Justice and Inclusion and the Swearer Center for Public Service at Brown University, USA, that will see two volumes published by UTS ePress every year and special editions of critical importance to university-community engagement as evolving practice.
In February, it will feature the first research article to come through the Gateways Author+Editor mentoring program for engaged scholars from historically underrepresented countries. The article from Strathmore University in Nairobi, Kenya, explores and critical assesses a vitally important mentoring program aimed at helping high school students from the Kibera slum transition to higher education.
Volume 12,1 also adopts a new ‘publish-as-you-go’ model, which means new articles are added to the ‘open’ volume as soon as they are ready for publication.
Margaret Malone, Managing Editor of Gateways, explains, “This innovative change to an open volume is part of Gateways’ long-term efforts to support timely and ethical publication: good for authors and readers alike who will not have to wait for what are often lengthy academic publication timelines.”
“Gateways is now an active champion of the FAIR principles for improving the accessibility and impact of research outputs. This means that what we publish is FAIR: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable & Reusable.”
Unlike many journals, Gateways is truly open: free to read and free of any type of article processing charge (APC) or any type of article submission charge.
“We’re seeing that this approach works: during 2018 there were 44,970 downloads of Gateways’ articles,” said Margaret Malone.
These download figures are indicative of one final, crucial fact: Gateways publishes only high-quality research and practice-based articles from around the world. The articles in this latest volume are no exception, featuring rigorous examinations of complex, collaborative engagement: ethics training for climate science organisations that work with Native American Tribes; an innovative capacity building program for health researchers and Pacific Islanders; and an ongoing stakeholder engagement process for health and environment research in Alberta, Canada.