Why attend webinars co-hosted with journal editors?

Why attend webinars co-hosted with journal editors?

On behalf of  ANSES, an EMES-associated member of social entrepreneurship scholars in Africa, we would like to share some thoughts regarding why attending webinars co-hosted in collaboration with journal editors.  ANSES, at the beginning of February, successfully held a webinar dedicated to publishing SE research in the Journal of Management Education and, in this manner, is sharing with us some lessons learned.

Getting social entrepreneurship research published in international journals can be a daunting task. African scholars may find it particularly challenging as they meet up with higher publishing standards than in local outlets. Most researchers want to publish their work in A or B-rated journals. Still, they lack basic knowledge or critical information about what is expected of them, what such journals want, and what topics journals may be interested in. Of course, most journals outline what they want on their website, but speaking directly with the editors of such journals can often provide first-hand information on what they want, thus emphasizing the importance of attending webinars hosted by or in collaboration with journal editors. The webinar’s goal was to educate social entrepreneurship scholars on how to tailor their research output to fit within the scope of JME. Social entrepreneurship research crosses disciplinary boundaries; it can be published in a variety of journals. However, specific topics in social entrepreneurship can only be published in a limited number of journals. Social entrepreneurship education and learning research fit well within the scope of JME—a leading voice in the scholarship of management teaching and learning. This is not to say that other journals do not publish articles about social entrepreneurship education and learning.

On the other hand, attending webinars such as this ANSES-JME webinar has the following benefits. First, the journal editors provide insights on topics of interest to them, e.g., how to teach social innovation, teaching practices in commercial and social entrepreneurship, the base of the pyramid, social entrepreneurship business models, and particular interest in research emerging from the global South (among others). Second, the Journal editors may go further, formulating some questions for social entrepreneurship scholars to consider. Those attending such webinars benefit from receiving such invaluable insights directly from the journal’s editors. Third, because most researchers frequently submit papers outside the scope of journals, webinars co-hosted with journal editors emphasize that if researchers are unsure of what they find on the website, they can contact the journal editors directly with a brief abstract. The editors can advise and direct them on the next steps to take with their idea. Furthermore, the editors of journals provide invaluable information on other Journals that scholars can consider for papers. In the case of the ANSES-JME webinar, JME editors pointed out that social entrepreneurship scholars aiming to publish about training interventions (which are outside the scope of JME) can consider Management Teaching Review. This journal is committed to serving the management education community by publishing short, topically-targeted, and immediately useful resources for teaching and learning practice. Finally, attendees of webinars have the opportunity to ask questions related to their research and get clarity directly from editors of the journals they are considering for their research.

We hope you will be joining the next ANSES webinars. For more information, visit here.


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