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Special Issue Call for Papers

The Challenges of Academic Research

This Special Issue of EJBRM invites submissions which address concerns related to any aspect of the challenges of academic research processes. Papers could address recruitment for research degrees, selection of supervisors, support during the research period, appointment of examiners, evaluation of dissertations, changes prescribed by examiners, or any other issues which degree candidates and staff have to face. These topics are sometimes referred to as the sociology of academic research.

Papers may be theoretical, philosophical or practical. Any research methodological approach will be considered, but preference will be given to reflective work which challenges current academic thinking. The maximum length of papers is 8,000 words.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to challenges relating to:

  • Issues related to the admission to research degrees;
  • Research degree financing: scholarships, bursaries, private and public funds.
  • The different standards at different universities for research degrees;
  • The USA verses the British and European Model of Research Degrees;
  • Managing the supervisor student relationship;
  • Seeking and maintaining approval of the Ethics committees;
  • Fieldwork: Getting access, managing information and keeping records;
  • Interfacing with the greater research community: Conferences, colloquia etc;
  • Publishing along the way: Research associate and supervisor co-authoring
  • Acceptability of support from research groups;
  • Researching difficult topics such as dishonesty, discrimination and power relations
  • The evaluation of research degrees;
  • The appointment of examiners and the examination process;
  • Acceptable third-party help in academic research.

Paper submission dates:

Submission deadline: 31st October 2017  

Planned publication date: 2nd issue 2018

Please read the Submission Guidelines and ensure compliance with these before submitting your paper.

Special Issue Editor

Paul Griffiths holds a DBA (Doctorate in Business Administration) from Brunel University and a Master’s degree in engineering from Sheffield University, both in the UK. He was a Humphrey Fellow (Fulbright Commission) at the University of Minnesota. He is a prolific writer and a renowned speaker at conferences and seminars.