Academic journal article Mosaic (Winnipeg)

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Academic journal article Mosaic (Winnipeg)

Introduction

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Not long after assuming the editorship of Mosaic, I was given some advice from one of North America's most established journal editors as to how, in today's highly competitive publishing world, I might best promote this particular journal. "Attract the best," he said. "Publish them in your pages." Good advice, and in attempting along the way to follow it, I have learned much more than I knew at the outset about a journal editor's job description.

Mosaic publishes peer-reviewed critical essays, and the editor's involvement with these essays--through their submission, review, editing, selection for particular issues, and production--remains central to my task. Shaping of issues, particularly special issues, belongs to this process. Mosaic now publishes at least one special issue each year, disseminating Calls for these about two years in advance, and basing each Call on research, reflection, projection, and a good measure of tire-kicking. Over the years, these special issues have proven significant in "attracting the best people" to publish in, and read, Mosaic. In 2001, the journal introduced its "Crossings" interview series, another initiative that has brought leading artists and scholars into the journal's pages, "the best" to be sure: Linda and Michael Hutcheon, Mary Ann Caws, Bill Spanos, John P. Leavey Jr., Sander Gilman, Helen Tiffin, Alvaro Siza, Aritha van Herk, Erin Moure, David Farrell Krell, John Sallis, Rodolphe Gasche, and Peggy Kamuf. The March 2011 issue will feature an interview with the distinguished actor, voice teacher, and dramatist Kristin Linklater, and not long after that we will publish an interview with the philosopher-poet-critic Alphonso Lingis.

Through such endeavours as these, Mosaic is a publishing business success story: the journal distributes to some 37 countries, to almost every province and state in North America, and to over 500 university and college libraries. But our real business is education. For example, the journal's peer-review process, essential to its integrity, funding, and commitment to publishing "the best," involves a global pool of over 11,000 assessors, a network of educators working anonymously and collegially with writers who submit essays to Mosaic. …

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