The first issue of the Field Diary brought together a collection of fieldwork-themed stories from many parts of the world including, Kenya, Tanzania, Burkina Faso, and New Zealand. It is available here: http://www.real-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Field-Diary-issue-1.pdf
The Field Diary is a digital open-access newsletter that highlights and promotes the human perspective of conducting fieldwork anywhere in the world by all groups working for companies, government, development/conservation/missionary NGOs, security, graduate students, and academia. Working in the field is an exciting and often challenging part of the research endeavour and is critical to the body of knowledge we investigate and uncover. It also provides ample of stories to share in a critical but popular-science style to fellow researchers in academia, NGOs, government, companies and the public.
We welcome submissions from a wide range of perspectives, disciplines and approaches. Submissions can be single authored or co-authored by researchers on overlapping projects. Authors can opt to submit anonymously if that is preferable. Photographs and webpage links are fully encouraged and can be used to advertise other aspects of your research work. In the first issue the dominant topics were fieldwork in Africa, and work related to research on human-environment interactions. But there is no geographic or study topic limitation – If you are interested in submitting a contribution and wish to discuss with the editors please feel free to propose your idea. The writing style should be personal and in the author’s voice. All language are permitted and outside editing help will be requested for languages not mastered by the editing team.
Graphics, photos and artwork are encouraged, as are links to other online content.
We will produce an open-access online PDF copy where all contributors share copyright. We are also looking into ways of financing a limited print run for distribution at research institutes with limited online access. We hope that papers can be both informative and creative.
- Author name(s) [or state ‘Anonymous’; ‘Anonymous et al.’]; current position(s); Affiliation(s); and corresponding author’s email.
- Relevant date or date range
- Diary entry type [general Field Diary entries, Fieldwork challenges, or Communications]
Diary entry types:
A) ‘Field Diary entries’:
Articles of ~1500 words will be accepted on fieldwork updates, stories from the field, interviews, project summaries and goals, and short review papers that speak in the author’s personal voice. Please include your name, affiliation(s) and the relevant date(s) for your story. A feature diary article of up to 3000 words will also be considered.
B) ‘Fieldwork Challenges’:
Articles of ~1500 words highlighting the various challenges, expressing those trying times, and describe personal experiences. These submissions are encouraged to speak in the author’s personal voice. The nature of these submissions will vary greatly, please take care to adhere to personal rights and dignity of people and institutions while still remaining flexible enough for an honest delivery of your experience.
Short communications of 500 words will be accepted for workshop, publications and conference summaries, as well as for book reviews, database summaries, software descriptions, stats techniques, book/maps/artefact collections descriptions, and outreach events.
All submissions can include a few photographs, maps, and figures, suitable for A4 pages. Figures must be submitted as JPEG, TIFF or CDR formats. And include captions and be referred to in the text. Figure numbering and labeling styles can be decided by the author but should be consistent throughout the article.
If there are any references, the citation and bibliographic style can be chosen by the author; yet, remain consistent in style.
Submission deadline for issue number 2 is Sunday, July 31, 2016. Submissions should include text with figures not embedded but sent as individual files with appropriate file names, example: Figure1.jpeg; Figure2.TIFF
Submissions of drafts and artwork:
Type ‘SUBSMISSION’ into the email subject and attach all files. Send to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Papers will be reviewed and suggested edits will need to be completed by the author(s) prior to compiling the final document. Authors will need to agree to a creative commons copyright licence.
Cover Photo Competition:
Please send pictures for consideration for the front cover in a separate email and state the provenance [creator, location, date] of the photograph or graphic. Please include as a Hi-res image in an email attachment.
The Field Diary issue 1 is an example of what the final production will resemble:
From the Editors:
Annemiek Pas Schrijver (U Stockholm)
Geert van der Plas (U Gent)
Colin Courtney Mustaphi (U York)
Anna Shoemaker (U Uppsala)
Liz Storer (LSE)
EMAIL to editors: