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The Evolution of Research: Adapting to Survive in the Changing World? Skepsi V(1)

The Evolution of Research: Adapting to Survive in the Changing World?

The world in which today’s researchers find themselves is vastly different from that in which the researchers of one hundred, fifty or even twenty years ago worked: changes have taken and are still taking place in all fields — from technology to government policy — which inevitably oblige today’s researchers to modify both their ideas for and approach to research. The following list of examples is by no means exhaustive.

Researchers must now be aware of and adhere to certain boundaries in qualitative and quantitative research which will affect their methodology; this includes an awareness of how ethical issues might impact upon the project. The evolution of technology, which has contributed to ground breaking research in medicine and science, is, on the one hand, positive, in that it has produced innovative ways in which to communicate our research to and share it with audiences, which are now both national and international; on the other hand, it is negative, in that it is, arguably, contributing to the decline of traditional disciplinary methodologies and other values related to research. There is a growing perception that, in some areas, creativity and originality are being compromised by funding criteria that seem to require research to have a quantifiable ‘value’ for the world outside academia; to this are linked the current uncertainties regarding the future for universities in general.

Skepsi, the online interdisciplinary research journal, now in its fourth year and run by post-graduate students of the University of Kent’s School of European Culture and Language, invites articles on the above topic from academic staff, postgraduate students, and independent scholars. Any of the submitted articles selected by the Editorial Board after peer-review will be published in a future issue of the journal.

Articles, which should not exceed 5,000 words, should be sent, together with an abstract of about 250 words and brief biographical details about the author, to:-

The deadline for submission of articles is 30 September 2011.


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