Amareswar Galla, Editor, The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum
A champion of cultural democracy, UN Millennium Development Goals and safeguarding all forms of heritage, Amareswar Galla, is an alumnus of the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is the founding Executive Director of the International Institute for the Inclusive Museum, Copenhagen & Hyderabad. His latest book World Heritage: Benefits Beyond Borders, Cambridge University Press & UNESCO Publishing, 2012, is the flagship project of the 40th Anniversary of the 1972 UNESCO World Heritage Convention. He is currently working on the establishment of the international centre of excellence in Inclusive Museum Studies at the University of Copenhagen.
He was Professor of Museum Studies, University of Queensland, Brisbane and Professor & Director of Sustainable Heritage Development Programs, Australian National University, Canberra. During 1994 - 99 he was the International Technical Adviser for the transformation of Arts Councils, National Museums and the National Parks Board (now SAN Parks) in post- apartheid South Africa. He was an expert adviser to the UN World Commission for Culture and Development. He worked on the implementation of Museums and Cultural Diversity Promotion at the National Museum of Ethnology, Leiden, Netherlands. His work, listed as best practice in the 2009 World Culture Report by UNESCO, includes the establishment of World Heritage Areas as culture in poverty alleviation projects - Ha Long Bay and Hoi An, Vietnam and Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, India. He has been honoured internationally on several occasions including Outstanding Conservationist of the Year Award by the Vietnamese government in 2002 and the European Best in Heritage Award in 2008. ICOM Australia conferred the 2012 Individual achievement award for excellence for Amar's extensive and on-going commitment to museums, sustainable development and poverty alleviation through culture: http://icom.org.au/site/activitiesiaair2012.php.
Amar spends half his time building community grounded museums with his graduate students in low economic indicator countries. His enduring commitment to inclusive heritage development informs his community engagement, professional achievements and keynote addresses worldwide. As the 2nd and 3rd Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Intangible Heritage he provided seminal leadership for firmly establishing the journal as a quality assured scholarly publication that is inclusive and representative with emphasis on cultural and linguistic diversity.
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We want to make a general comment, however, about the ways in which academic knowledge is valued. The current system, based mainly on rejection rates and citation counts is seriously fraught. Rejection rates, for instance, are an arbitrary supply-and-demand relation of submissions to publication slots which tell little of intellectual quality. Our measure of quality is the process itself and the rigorous application of explicit criteria of intellectual excellence.
The other conventional measure of scholarly value, the citation count, is just as fraught. Just how fraught is a long story, the intricacies of which we explain in the publications below. In a number of ways, we at Common Ground have been working to create a peer evaluation system which is more reliable and which produces better quality publications. What we do is, we would argue, uniquely rigorous. In our quest to publish only the best, Common Ground takes a work through multiple steps in a collaborative knowledge creation process. Our goal is to implement innovative peer review practices, using a process of what we call ‘synergistic feedback’. Our aim is to provide scaffolds for a vibrant knowledge ecology. Our new media tools also provide high levels of Internet exposure and potentials for web interactivity around your work.
• Cope, Bill and Mary Kalantzis. 2009. "Signs of Epistemic Disruption: Transformations in the Knowledge System of the Academic Journal." First Monday, 14.
• Cope, Bill and Angus Phillips (eds). 2009. The Future of the Academic Journal. Oxford UK: Chandos.
• Cope, Bill and Mary Kalantzis. 2010. "Evaluating Webs of Knowledge: A Critical Examination of the ‘Impact Factor’." Logos: The Journal of the World Book Community, 21:117-132
• Cope, Bill, Mary Kalantzis, and Liam Magee. 2011. Towards a Semantic Web: Connecting Knowledge in Academic Research. Cambridge UK: Woodhead Publishing
The International Journal of the Inclusive Museum encourages the widest range of submissions and aims at all times to foster the highest standards intellectual excellence in our journal publishing program. These are our objectives:
Common Ground’s approach to peer review is open and inclusive, at the same time as it is based on the most rigorous and merit-based ‘blind’ peer review processes. Our referee processes are criterion-referenced and referees selected on the basis of subject matter and disciplinary expertise. Ranking is based on clearly articulated criteria. The result is a refereeing process that is scrupulously fair in its assessments at the same time as offering a carefully structured and constructive contribution to the shape of the published paper.
The result is a publishing process which is without prejudice to institutional affiliation, stage in career, national origins or disciplinary perspective. If the paper is excellent, and has been systematically and independently assessed as such, it will be published. This is why Common Ground journals have so much exciting new material, much of it originating from well known research institutions but also a considerable amount of brilliantly insightful and innovative material from academics in lesser known institutions in the developing world, emerging researchers, people working in hard-to-classify interdisciplinary spaces and researchers in liberal arts colleges and teaching universities. In recognition of the highest levels of excellence, every year an international prize is awarded for the top-ranked paper in each journal.
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