As we saw from the excitement around the SAGE sponsored Online Achievement in International Studies (OAIS) or the Duckie awards earlier this year, blogging has been, and continues to be, an increasingly prevalent mode of academic debate. Providing a platform for academics and researchers alike to debate research, policies and in some cases to lament about the challenges of academia, blogging has opened up key debates to a wider global online audience, encouraging public engagement with research and supporting the accessibility and discoverability of these issues.
Earlier this year we were delighted to be a part of the first International Studies blogging awards held at the annual International Studies Association (ISA) convention and convened by the eminent Duck of Minerva blog. Supporting and enabling debates around social policy and the social sciences is a core part of our remit at SAGE, as is part of our deeply held commitment to ensuring that the value of social science is recognized. We are therefore thrilled to announce that we will once again be sponsoring these awards for 2014.
Speaking of the 2014 awards, Ziyad Marar, SAGE’s Global Publishing Director remarked:
“Blogs can popularise and accelerate debates that originate in scholarly journals. As can be seen from the positive reaction and the high quality calibre of entrants to our Online Achievement in International Studies (aka ‘Duckies’) awards, blogs are rapidly staking their place as valuable centres of academic output in their own right. Supporting and enabling debates around social policy and the social sciences is a core part of our remit at SAGE and we are delighted once again to support them again next year. As the way in which we communicate continues to adapt, we are proud to recognize the high quality work of those within IR who contribute through this digital medium.”
The 2014 awards are being run by Jon Western, Five College Professor of International Relations at Mount Holyoke College and contributor to the Duck of Minerva Blog. Acknowledging English-language International Studies blogs and bloggers whose output has significant scholarly content, the awards this year will be presented for:
- Best Blog (Group) in International Studies;
- Best Blog (Individual) in International Studies;
- Best Blog Post in International Studies; and
- Most Promising New Blog (Group or Individual) in International Studies
- Special Achievement in International-Studies Blogging;
The submissions have now opened and will remain open until January. If you would like to enter, further information about the process for submission, the awards and the reception can be found here.
The shortlist of nominees will be announced in February 2014, with the winners being announced at the IR Blogging Reception at the 2014 International Studies Association Annual Convention in Toronto on March 27 2014.