Monthly Archives: April 2015

CfP: Working Papers in Higher Education Studies (WPHES)

We would like to inform you about a new call for papers in higher education studies.

WPHES is an international, peer-reviewed, open-access e-journal of working papers, stemming from the Erasmus Mundus Programme Master in Research and Innovation in Higher Education (MaRIHE) and the Master Programme in Higher Education Studies and Development (MHESD). The series intends to stimulate debate and exchange of research ideas that are in an early stage of development.
WPHES focuses on studies in higher education, and publishes research articles that explore the topic from a broad array of academic disciplines, methodologies, and perspectives. They particularly encourage submissions of research that discuss current changes and interactions within the ‘knowledge triangle’ of research, innovation and higher education. Suggestions for special issues on particular topics as well as contributions in the form of book reviews are also welcome.
While authors from any stage of their career are welcome for submission, the series intends to incorporate and develop papers from emerging authors, providing a space for post-graduate students, early-career researchers, academics and young professionals to present their ‘works in progress’ to a broad readership and connect with established experts.
Full papers for the next issue should be submitted by 30 April 2015. Submissions should be made via our website and adhere to the prescribed style guidelines.
Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact

CfP: Symposium of Public Administration Review

The topic of the symposium is “Institutional Design Frontiers of Publicness and University Performance”.

Guest Editors are Derrick Anderson from Arizona State University and Andrew Whitford from University of Georgia.

“Issues of organizational theory and institutional design increasingly transcend the boundary between theory and practice in complex social enterprises especially higher education. For example, as the federal government advances a program to create a new college rating system, the stated ambition of making access to public resources contingent upon institutional performance a host of important administrative, policy and design considerations are manifest. Similarly, as new organizational forms emerge in the realm of higher education and new public policies aim to protect public investments therein, questions rise relative to the attributes of organizations that promote and stifle public value.

Symposium topics include: Institutional setting and “Dimensional publicness” in higher education; public, private and for-profit sector differences in higher education, public value assessments of university performance, and the evolution and future of institutional design of in higher education.

Insights from perspectives beyond public administration, including (but not limited to) economics, organizational studies, sociology and higher education are welcomed in as much as they sufficiently integrate consideration of relevant public administration and policy themes. A special emphasis is placed on empirical contributions, both qualitative and quantitative, but conceptual papers will be considered.

Manuscripts are due by June 15,2015 to the coordinating guest editor at After initial screening, authors of selected manuscripts will be invited to submit directly to PAR’s Editorial Manager for double-blind review. Final decisions will be made by the journal after full peer review. Authors should follow PAR’s style guidelines.”

The Academy of Sciences and Humanities Hamburg, Academy Readings 2015

The Academy of Sciences and Humanities Hamburg aims to promote interdisciplinary research across universities and non-university research institutions and advocates dialogue between academia, the public, and politics. Members of the Academy are distinct scholars from Germany. For further information take a look at the homepage.

The Academy hosts inter alia academy readings with outstanding scientists. This years program focusses on academic freedom featuring readings from Torsten Wilholt, Paul Kirchhoff, Martin Carrier, and Bettina Schöne-Seifert. Especially for researchers in the field of higher education the readings are worth visting. See the program for further information about the lectures.

The Art (and Business) of Fabricating Peer Reviews

The Washington Post reports on a new way of cheating in academic publishing: Dubious agencies offer the service of faking peer reviews during the submission process of academic journals. A scandal revealed in the biomedical sciences suggests that these agencies fabricate contact details for reviewers and then submit favorable reviews from these addresses. Some of these accounts have the names of seemingly real researchers but with fraudulent e-mail addresses, others are completely fictitious. The blog Retraction Watch has counted a total of 170 retractions in the past few years because of fake peer reviews.

Although “fakeries” of this kind may be a threat to the integrity and reputation of academic publishing, the peer review system still enjoys high levels of commitment among researchers across all disciplines. This is a preliminary result of our survey on peer review which we conducted recently – more information soon on this blog.