May 16, 2022

New Publication: MPS in Publishing Program at George Washington University Announces Inaugural Issue of “GW Journal of Ethics in Publishing”

From GWU:

The Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Publishing program, George Washington University, is pleased to announce the inaugural issue of the GW Journal of Ethics in Publishing. This new online journal is managed by students in the MPS in Publishing program, and led by Editor-in-Chief Randy Townsend, Director of Publishing Operations, PLOS, and an editorial board of publishing leaders.

EIC Townsend, the editorial board, and MPS students and faculty have established a vision emphasizing equity and quality for the GW Journal of Ethics in Publishing, with an exceptional peer review process involving leading publishing, library, and scholarly communication professionals, scholars, and researchers. This new scholarly journal explores efforts to enable and implement equitable, inclusive, and accessible publishing. The editorial board includes:

  • Gabrielle Bethancourt, Assistant Editor, Wiley
  • Lois Jones, Peer Review Director, American Psychological Association
  • Josephine E. Sciortino, Managing Editor, Canadian Science Publishing
  • Julie Vo, Editorial Manager, JAMA Pediatrics
  • Aimar Galarza, GW Editorial Board Student Representative

Core to its mission, the GW Journal of Ethics in Publishing (GWJEP) seeks to provide a platform for students and other industry professionals to discuss often-ignored realities of the publishing industry. GWJEP welcomes scholarly articles, case studies, and GW Ethics in Publishing Conference presentations from scholars, students, and publishing professionals on topics including diversity and inclusion, accessibility, peer review, open access, sustainability, publishing metrics, equity, and other issues of publishing ethics. The Journal of Ethics in Publishing’s first issue is set to advance ethical conversations within the industry and challenge traditional “business as usual” approaches to safeguarding content, representing contributions from both students and professionals.

GWJEP provides MPS in Publishing students an opportunity for hands-on experience managing a professional-level journal, provides a forum for students to publish their Ethics in Publishing capstone projects, and involves the wider community of publishing, library, media, and scholarly communication professionals and scholars as board members, peer reviewers, authors, and readers. This student-managed publication is an open-access resource, free for anyone to access online, and is free from submission fees or article processing charges, providing opportunities for publication from underrepresented voices.

Four student-led committees include Editorial (led by Aimar Galarza, and previously by Giuliana Macaluso); Marketing (led by Donna Prideaux, and previously by Emily Hatcher); E-Publishing (led by Julie McClenahan, and previously by Jeremy Ottley); and Strategy and Sustainability (led by Madi Neuner, and previously by Ashley Warren). Graduate student Ashley Warren serves as Managing Editor.

MPS in Publishing Director and Associate Professor John W. Warren conceived of the GW Journal of Ethics in Publishing and serves as publisher. GWJEP is published on the Manifold Scholarship platform, developed by the University of Minnesota Press, the CUNY Graduate Center’s Digital Scholarship Lab, and Cast Iron Coding, with a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) is a sponsor of the journal.

Direct to GWJEP’s Inaugural Issue, Submit Articles for Consideration

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.