International Journal of Academic Makerspaces and Making

Proposals for papers are being accepted as of August 1, 2018.

Please read "What makes a good IJAMM paper" below prior to submission of proposal.
 


IJAMM Mission statement

IJAMM will provide a means to enable the sharing of best practices in academic making.  IJAMM accepts original papers, from which the academic maker community may learn proven methods that will enable them to maximize the impact of university makerspaces and making activities. Topics covered by IJAMM include, but are not limited to:

  • Culture and community building
  • Types and characteristics of makerspaces
  • Staffing models
  • Programming
  • Training models
  • Maker technology and equipment (conventional and new tools/technologies)
  • Safety, legal, and regulatory issues associated with academic makerspaces
  • Space definition and design layout
  • Makerspace management
  • Academic making activities spanning education, research and service domains in higher education
  • Assessing impact via metrics and data

Model and review process

IJAMM is offered on-line, with publication of papers on a rolling (as they are accepted in final format) basis.  The review process starts with the submission of a paper proposal.  This proposal is reviewed and returned with either comments for a re-proposal or an invitation to submit a manuscript.  The authors may then submit a manuscript for full review.  If the 1st author is a member of the Global Academic Maker Society, the review process commences immediately.  If the 1st author is not a member of GAMS, the review process will commence when the 1st author is confirmed as a new member. Where students are listed as first authors, and non-students are co-listed as authors, the student and atleast one non-student must be members of GAMS before manuscript review will commence. Review of 1st manuscript are a maximum of 8 weeks from commencement of review. 


Editorial board

The editorial board (to be finalized August 1, 2018, please contact culpepper@mit.edu to inquire about serving) provides expert advice on content, attracting new authors and encouraging submissions. Editorial board members:

  • Review submitted manuscripts
  • Advise on journal policy and scope
  • Identify topics for special issues, which they may guest edit
  • Attract new authors and submissions

The editorial board is selected by the journal’s editor.  Members serve a term of ~2 yrs.  Considerations for members:

  • Adhere to HEMI founding principles
    • There is no one best way for all academic makerspaces to work

    • Thoughtful metrics, data, assessment practice and sharing/dissemination are key to:
      (i) creating safe and effective makerspaces, and
      (ii) upgrading and continually improving makerspaces and makerspace best practices

    • Student-centric culture and community, and student involvement/autonomy are the key foundations of success

    • Safety and personal responsibility are key foundations of academic makerspace success, and are complemented by regulatory and legal issues

    • Recognizing and minimizing boundaries and barriers to entry are key to successful academic makerspaces

    • Outreach and inclusivity are key to successful academic makerspaces

    • Student empowerment and autonomy are key to successful academic makerspaces

  • Collective diversity in expertise (e.g., staffing, equipment, assessment, etc.)
  • Collective diversity in global location and setting/perspective (e.g., art makerspace, big schools, small schools, etc.)
  • Cumulative expertise should represent the journal's scope of topics and interest

Paper proposals

Proposals for papers are being accepted as of August 1, 2018.  The purpose of the proposal is to enable editorial members to select appropriate papers, and if necessary, provide authors with guidance that will strengthen their first draft. Authors receive guidance on manuscript submission process, formats for text/images, etc., when their proposals are accepted.


What makes a good IJAMM paper?

HAVE SOMETHING NEW OR UNIQUE:
Readers are focused on learning from your paper, make sure there is something new/unique that they can learn from and use to better their spaces.  To prove it is new/unique you'll need to properly reference prior work/efforts and explain if your work/ideas build on these AND have new/different elements.

GET TO A CLEAR POINT EARLY:
Don't make the paper/proposal a "mystery story."  In the very beginning (usually first few sentences) be explicit about the intent of the paper, the importance of your ideas to the field of academic making (why is it important for people to know what you are telling them) and the impact or effectiveness the topic has had so far as well as the impact is may continue/expand to have.

TYPES OF PAPERS IJAMM IS LOOKING FOR:
IJAMM is looking for papers that focus on new methods, ideas, and other unique topics that readers could learn from and adapt.  These papers contain elements (quantitative is preferred though it is possible to demonstrate utility via qualitative, annectdotal or a mix of types of information) that demonstrate the effectiveness of the topic(s) covered in the paper.  Papers that focus only on (i) introducing or describing a makerspace (ii) describing a device/project that was built sans proof of eventual education impact and (iii) plans for intended work are less likely to be accepted.

REFERENCES ARE REQUIRED:
References are important means to help readers understand past work and to show you know what has been done before so that you aren't reinventing the wheel.  Books, peer reviewed journals, reviewed conference papers, major reports and respected websites are generally good references.  Non-peer reviewed sources, wikipedia references and similar sourcing is not appropriate for IJAMM.  If you have any questions, please contact culpepper@mit.edu.

LENGTH:
Less is more, please be respectful of the readers' and reviewers' time by keeping it concise.  A paper is not meant to tell an entire story, its purpose is to get the most important issues out.  By being concise in your paper and by only covering the most important elements, you make it easier and faster for the readers and reviewers to learn the most important things.  Papers that are between 6 - 8 pages long are typical, though the paper should be long enough to do justice to the topic.  Sometimes reducing the length of a paper may be helped by making sure that you only have one major new idea per paper.