The debate about how academic knowledge is produced, and under what conditions scholars from the Global South can impact on global academic debates, is a long-standing one. The role of academic journals in deciding what counts as ‘academic knowledge’ is crucial in this regard. It is a well-known fact that the political economy of the global publishing industry often works against authors from the South – access to academic resources is costly and often without reach of academics working in institutions in the South. Then there is also the -perhaps even trickier – question of different theoretical frameworks and methodologies, and how research approaches from contexts outside of the Northern metropoles are evaluated by editors, reviewers and peers.
These are questions that, as editor of an international journal focusing on African journalism studies am often confronted with. I recently conducted an exploratory study with the editor of the Australian Journalism Review, Ian Richards, where we asked journal editors for their views on these issues.
The results of this study have now been published in Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism.