When I first pitched a story idea to University Affairs a year
ago, I didn’t really expect to have my article published.
Very few 21-year-olds write for top magazines like UA.
However, what took place was very good news, and it led
to a string of positive outcomes. Following the publication
of my article, “It’s more than a job that students are
looking for,” on the UA website, I contributed to Maclean’s
and then to the Globe and Mail and the Huffington Post.
I now co-chair the Globe and Mail’s National Student
Advisory Council and through this have met some other
great people. These things have helped me gain entry to
Cambridge University for a MPhil degree starting in
October 2014. I owe a lot of this to University Affairs, for
taking a chance on me at this time last year.
Mr. Csorba is a co-founder of Gen Y Inc., a Canadian recruitment and consulting firm that helps employers recruit and retain
exceptional young talent.
If publishing perishes …
the authors of the opinion piece, “Challenges
of ethical, open access publishing” (February
issue), make a distinction between digital repositories and open-access journals.
Almost all scholarly journals are now published electronically and print runs are greatly
reduced, perhaps to disappear. Many journals
publish articles as they are accepted for publication, making volumes, issue numbers and
consecutive page numbering anachronistic.
The future of scholarly journal publishing is
much debated and contested, but it is at least
possible that research papers will be published
continuously on the web rather than assembled
in journal volumes and issues. In future,
scholarly “journals” may become authoritative
websites of refereed articles, with volumes, issues
and sequential pagination replaced by uniform
resource locators and digital object identifiers.
Perhaps scholarly journals, having been
developed in the late 17th century during the
scientific revolution, will coincide with the
Gutenberg era, taking advantage of print technology but to be replaced by its replacement, digital technology. If this is the case, then much of
the authors’ distinction between digital repositories and open-access journals fades.
Dr. Moodie, based in Toronto, is an adjunct professor of education at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.
Writing strategies, we’re on to them
in mcmaster university’s Integrated Science
bachelor’s program, we’ve rolled up a number of
the ideas expressed in the latest career advice
column (“Five strategies to improve writing in
your courses,” February issue) into a science
Students in years one to three of the program
write short (500-word) formal science pieces on
topics that connect to the content they are learn-
ing throughout the program. After the draft is
written, other students in the program can com-
ment on these posts for one week, and the origi-
nal author can continue to revise the post during
that week. The writing and the commenting are
worth only a few marks each (i.e., low stakes),
and students have many opportunities (eight over
the three years) to hone their skills at this task.
Teaching assistants ultimately mark the final post.
This assignment is in addition to higher-stakes writing and group-authored writing that
the students do in other components of the program. Some of our students’ public posts can be
viewed at synopsis.mcmaster.ca.
Mr. Colgoni is services librarian at Thode Library at McMaster
Skilled jobs ahead
on behalf of the forest products association
of Canada, thank you so much for your optimistic article about the future forest-products sector
as well as the emergence of new non-traditional
career opportunities (“Knock on wood,” January