n Ergonomics SA : Journal of the Ergonomics Society of South Africa - Editorial

Volume 26, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1010-2728



I recently came upon the idea of "academic citizenship" which encompasses those tasks which are often in tension with career-advancing work, such as preparing manuscripts for publication, and securing funding. Citizenship in this sense is the act of engaging with academic pursuits so that the very world of academe might continue to thrive. Reviewing draft manuscripts, editing submissions, peer-reviewing theses at Masters or PhD level are arduous tasks which are poorly remunerated if at all and do not contribute directly to career advancement goals. These are fundamental tasks and it is worth pondering the nature of our own contribution as "citizens" of academe, perhaps even challenging our peers to make this a point of focus in 2015.

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