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Brief Encounters Journal

About Brief Encounters Postgraduate Journal

Brief Encounters, an open-access peer-reviewed postgraduate journal, which showcases the interdisciplinary research of CHASE funded and affiliated scholars, staff, and non-HEI partners. 

Brief Encounters is an online peer-reviewed postgraduate journal, which was founded in April 2016 with the support of the CHASE Management Board. In its first issue, and beyond, the journal will showcase research undertaken by CHASE funded and affiliated individuals, which includes students and staff from all 9 institutions within the consortium, as well as non-HEI partner members. As an open-access journal, Brief Encounters supports the dissemination of knowledge to a global readership, with the intent that the research it publishes encourages the exchange of ideas outside of traditional academic circles. Taking inspiration from CHASE’s biannual conference ‘Encounters’, and the 1945 film, A Brief Encounter, the journal hopes to inspire relationships of the intellectual (as opposed to the amorous) kind between individuals separated by geographical distances. In these brief but still meaningful academic encounters, the journal aims to start conversations which will lead to unexpected journeys.

Unlike many other academic journals, Brief Encounters will be comprised of short but academically rigorous pieces. The journal will provide Masters and PhD students from CHASE institutions, as well as non-HEI CHASE affiliated partners, with the opportunity to publish in an alternative format to the traditional 7-8,000 word articles often required by academic journals. It is a space to publish work conducted for previous studies, conference papers, research that does not have a place in a doctoral thesis, or an inspired scribble in a notebook that deserves fuller exploration, to give only a few examples. Brief Encounters consequently aims to preserve and facilitate the discussion of work that would otherwise be limited to single discipline conferences, conversations within institutions, or even a brief exchange on a train platform.

Opportunities within Brief Encounters

To apply for any of these roles or for more information, please email Masuda Quereshi by the 15 December

Senior Editor

  • Overseeing all sections of the journal

  • Writing CfP (in consultation with Central Editorial Team)

  • Organising journal meetings (at least every two per issue)

  • Liaising with the Academic Steering Committee when necessary

  • Providing a clear statement of the journal’s focus and scope, as well as policies on authorship criteria

Web Officer

  • Managing the journal website and enrolling users

  • Overseeing the Open Journal System (OJS) to ensure that it is user friendly and responsive

  • Working with the Layout Editor to create a clear and accessible layout for the journal.

Recruiting 3 section Editors: Articles Editor, Creative Encounters Editor, and Reviews Editor. All 3 editors will:

  • Canvassing members of the cohort to submit articles and reviews to the journal

  • Considering articles for inclusion in the journal, (with assistance from the Central Editorial Team if necessary), and communicating decisions to authors

  • Allocating appropriate peer reviewers to articles, with the assistance of the Submissions Editor

  • Overseeing the peer review process

  • Passing accepted submissions on to the copyediting stage.

Layout and proof read Coordinator

  • Ensuring that once articles have been copyedited they are sent back to authors to check that no mistakes have been introduced into their article and allowing them to respond to queries

  • Coordinating the layout of the journal, with the assistance of the Senior Editor and Web and Communications Officer.

Communications Officer

  • Marketing the journal and CfP on social media and other appropriate academic platforms

  • Ensuring the clarity and accessibility of the website

Submissions Editor

  • Allocating submissions to the relevant Section Editors

  • Assisting Sections Editors in allocating peer reviewers to articles

  • Ensuring peer reviewers are aware of deadlines.

Reviews Editor

  • Contacting publishers to obtain review copies

  • Organising the purchase of books if required.

Creative Encounters Editor

  • Making decisions on the content for this alternative section, which may include but is not limited to: video essays, documentaries, posters, musical compositions, poetry, creative writing, practical pieces, exhibition reviews, etc.

  • Ensuring authors submit critical commentary alongside alternative pieces where necessary (these should be copyedited for uniformity with the other sections).