Journal of Writing Analytics
I'm writing to announce the publication of the inaugural edition of The Journal of Writing Analytics. A peer-reviewed, open-access journal, Analytics is published by Colorado State University Open Press with additional support provided by the University of South Florida.
We have founded this journal with great urgency and optimism—and, perhaps, a tinge of naiveté. This project emerges out of our ongoing effort to develop new tools for writers and to imagine ways these tools transform writing, collaboration, communication, and learning. The journal operates at the intersection of educational measurement, massive data analysis, digital learning ecologies, and ethical philosophy. The inaugural issue includes eight articles and three research notes.
Each year, we host an international conference on writing analytics. Analytics intends to publish articles that emerge from this conference. This January, on St. Petersburg beach at the Postcard Inn (assuming the hotel survives Hurricane Irma, which is bearing down on us as I write this), we are hosting The Fifth International Conference on Writing Analytics.
The goal of Analytics and the conference is to create a forum for writing faculty, writing program administrators, and researchers from English Studies, Computer Science, Educational Data Mining, Assessment, and Corpus Linguistics. For our January meeting on the beach, we are imagining three major tracks:
- WPAs: Using Corpus Methods, NLP Methods, and LSA Methods to Assess Writing Programs and Students’ Writing Development. The gist of this track is to explore ways digital tools and corpus methods can be leveraged to improve writing programs and better support student writers.
- Toolmakers: New Tools for Writers.The goal of this track is to feature new tools for writers and to brainstorm about the future of writing tools.
- Researchers: Presentations by Researchers on the Emerging Field of Writing Analytics.The goal of this track is to provide a forum for researchers to report on their theoretical foundations and research initiatives.
To submit a proposal, please go to WA2018 at Easy Chair.
By the way, is there any way we can organize a drum circle on the beach? Typically, the beach is pretty awesome in Florida in January, and if we get sufficient numbers at the conference, I want to organize a bonfire! But how can we have bonfire without a drum circle?
Anyway—I’d like to close by acknowledging the extremely hard work of Norbert Elliot and Meg Vezzu. Norbert, as many of you know, is just an amazing colleague and mentor. And Meg worked tirelessly to ensure we reached the highest professional standards of document design. Dave Eubanks and I both also thank Sophie Elliot for her graphic design work and Will Allen for his careful copy editing. Also, I thank the Board of Reviewers for being so professional and quick in peer reviewing submitted manuscripts. We also thank the English Department at the University of South Florida for its ongoing support of MyReviewers. Finally, our leadership team is indebted to the National Science Foundation for its ongoing support of our work, especially NSF Prime, #1544239, NSF I-Corps 1636511, and NSF SBIR 1721749.