Posted on: March 20, 2014 by: Helen Hewertson
Reinvention is an online, peer-reviewed journal, dedicated to the publication of high-quality undergraduate student research. The journal welcomes academic articles from all disciplinary areas and all universities. All articles undergo rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and refereeing by two or three anonymous referees. Reinvention is published bi-annually and only houses papers written by undergraduate students or papers written collaboratively by undergraduate students and academics.
Reinvention is published through the IATL at the University of Warwick, a department designed to support the University’s unequivocal commitment to teaching and the development of innovative programmes and modes of delivery which have a real impact on student experience. The journal supports IATL’s key strategic themes of of innovation, interdisciplinarity, inclusiveness and internationalization. In 2012 Monash University became partners in the journal which is now produced, edited and managed by students and staff at the University of Warwick in the UK and Monash University in Australia.
Reinvention is published twice per year, in April and October, with one special issue in the summer. The number of papers (not including book reviews) varies between five and eight per issue. The book review (started in Volume 4, issue ) has become a regular feature, and is distinctive in that an academic staff member and an undergraduate student (generally from separate institutions) review the same book from their differing viewpoints, and the reviews are published alongside each other. In July 2011 the journal published its first special issue comprising eight papers from the inaugural British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR). Special issues have since been published in July 2012 and July 2013 comprised of papers from BCUR but also from the International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR).
The Editorial Team includes students from the University of Warwick and Monash University, supported by a Managing Editor, a professional Copy Editor and Proofreader, and a Journal Manager. The journal also benefits from an International Advisory Board which is used to discuss possible developments and the journal’s longer-term plans.
While the journal publishes only high-quality papers, its philosophy has always been a supportive one. Reinvention gives the students a real experience of submitting their work for publication, but always attempts to do this in a supportive manner, offering much more thorough feedback and re-writing support than other, more traditional, journals. The Editorial Team does all that it can to turn a submission into a published paper, which can often entail extensive reworking on the part of the author.
Feedback from our authors collected both during and after the publication of their article has been consistently positive. Indeed, even those who have not ultimately had their work published appreciated the support and advice of the Editorial team and used this to develop their subsequent writing.
‘It made me engage with the topic in far greater depth than is usual with undergraduate study; the extra motivation existed because of the promise of a tangible end product, and a sense of actively creating something, rather than the usual undergraduate activities of writing essays simply to “make a grade”’
‘The feedback was brilliant, it was far more detailed than I had experienced with assessed/ class work and I had not predict such a detailed response. To date it has been the single most helpful process with regards to my writing skills.’
‘Ultimately the experience has given me a greater level of confidence in my abilities and helped me to realise that even as a student I might still have something important to contribute the production of knowledge’