Pulling back the curtain: a panel discussion on student equity and engagement in the publication process

Amanda Visek, Thierry Middleton, Travis Scheadler, Liam O'Neil, Kylee Ault, Alex Oliver, Monna Arvinen-Barrow

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Publishing original research in peer-reviewed journals is an indicator of promise as an early career scholar, yet there exist few formal opportunities for students to receive mentorship in publishing processes. To that end, AASP student members advocated for a research publication by which they could engage in unparalleled opportunities as authors, peer reviewers, and editorial board members – all within a mentored infrastructure. This activism, on the part of students, resulted in the development of AASP’s newest scientific publication, the Journal for Advancing Sport Psychology in Research. Unlike most academic publications in which students’ research competes with established scientists, the journal focuses on the dissemination of rigorous student-led research with heightened attention given to students’ development as authors within the journal’s publishing processes. As peer reviewers and editorial board members, students are also intricately engaged as gatekeepers of the scientific knowledge published by the journal. The purpose of this panel discussion is three-fold: (a) to “pull back the curtain” on the novel operating infrastructure of the journal (e.g., author submission process, peer-review training and reviewer platform, and mentor matched editorial board structure), (b) to introduce aspiring academics to the array of opportunities afforded within the journal (i.e., student positions, roles, and responsibilities), and (c) to hear first-hand accounts from students regarding their involvement with the journal and its role in their development as scholars. Through facilitated discussion, attendees will have the opportunity to interact and ask questions of panellists about their positions, responsibilities, opportunity benefits, and lessons learned while serving as a student member of the editorial board. The panel will close by sharing critical resources created and published by the editorial board that can benefit students in their pursuit of favorable publishing outcomes. Students and faculty curious about the journal’s operating infrastructure and opportunities for involvement are highly encouraged to attend.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAssociation for Applied Sport Psychology – 2021 Conference Abstracts
PublisherAssociation for Applied Sport Psychology
Number of pages2
ISBN (Print)9780985531096
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2021
EventAssociation for Applied Sport Psychology 36th Annual Conference - Online
Duration: 6 Oct 20219 Oct 2021


ConferenceAssociation for Applied Sport Psychology 36th Annual Conference
Abbreviated titleAASP 2021


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