Shorter contributions to the journal are always welcomed. One thing that really puzzles me is why it seems difficult to write short communications. I imagine that academics in our field are keen to voice their concerns and feelings about the current state of academic research as represented by this archival research journal. We encourage the submission of Letters to the Editor and Notes (papers of less than 2000 words).
I am hoping that this forum will provide a platform for voicing these thoughts. Some years ago, we introduced Notes into CM&E to provide an opportunity for readers to comment on published papers, and to offer short publications (up to 2000 words) on interesting observations, insights or comments. At the time, this was seen as an excellent opportunity to encourage people to write more frequently, and more tersely. More recently, we invited Letters to the Editor as a means for enabling unrefereed contributions on wider issues, but still connected to the research agenda.
These opportunities have met with some success but we have not been overwhelmed. It seems that the news of seeking longer, more discursive papers was greeted with much more enthusiasm than the news that shorter contributions were welcomed.
Over the years, we have been able to publish some Letters, I am glad to say, but the list is rather short (let me know if I have missed any from this list):
- Wood, Gerard and Keel, David – Letter to the Editor. 26(3), 207-8.
- Green, Stuart and Liu, Anita – Letter to the editor. 26(3), 205-7.
- Wood, Gerard and Keel, David – Theory and practice in value management: in response to Green’s (2007) reply to Ellis et al (2005). 25(11), 1103-5.
- Bon, Ranko – In response to the Festschrift. 25(4), 341-3.
- Gruneberg, Stephen – Performance Based Contracting: an alternative approach to transacting in construction. 25(2), 111-2.
- Tombesi – The reality of construction. 24(11), 1111
- Lingard, Helen and Rowlinson, Steve – Use and abuse of factor analysis. 24(11), 1107-9.
- Hillebrandt, Patricia – Letter to the Editor. 24(6), 669-70.
- Levitt, Raymond – Obituary: Boyd C. Paulson. 24(5), 453-5.
- Khosrowshaihi, Farzad – Obituary: Rodney Howes. 24(3), 227-8.
- Bernold, Leonhard – Have you noticed? Teaching is a Skilled Profession! 23(9), 889-90.
- Zdyb, Marek – Polish construction companies. 23(7), 671-672.
- Kirkham, Richard – Academic futures. 23(1), 7-8.
- Kim Ju-Hyung – Classifying construction work. 23(1), 7.
- Langford, David – Academic freedom. 22(1), 5.
I have not made a list of past Notes, yet, but I shall. And all of this bring me to the point. Why is that we are so unwilling to write short contributions to journals? Of course, you may be new to this journal, and you may not have noticed that we like to publish Notes and Letters. If you are ready to write something, drop me a line! And, if you have any thoughts to share with the CM&E community that you would prefer to share less formally, please post them into this forum. Let’s see if we can get some discussions going, as well as some embryonic contributions for the Journal.