Insights from an Editor’s Journey: An interview with Gert Biesta
Gert J. J. Biesta is a widely known and respected scholar in the field of education. He has published a large number of articles, books, chapters and other work. From 1999 to 2014, he was editor-in-chief of the journal Studies in Philosophy of Education published by Springer. Before that, he was involved in Comenius, a Dutch education journal over a six-year period as chair (three years) and member of the board of editors. Biesta has also co-edited and supported a number of other educational journals, including open-access and online journals. Since January 2015, he is a member of the Education Council of the Netherlands (‘Onderwijsraad’). He is currently professor of Education in the Department of Education at Brunel University London. This interview with Gert Biesta touched on a wide range of topics, and due to the interactive and emerging nature of an interview setting, the initiallyanticipated scope nearly doubled as questions and answers unfolded. This article is a selection of some of the topics that have been discussed, with a focus on: (i) changes and developments in journal publishing over the last 15 years, including online publishing, open-access journal options and the increased number of publications in the field; (ii) considerations for early career academics and emergent researchers in relation to publishing; and (iii) questions about journal rankings, quality control and the peer-review process. Biesta shared his thoughts based on his vast experience in the field and his international experience, having worked at universities in various European countries and with a wide range of scholars around the globe. This interview took place during the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Conference held in December 2014 in Hamilton, New Zealand.