Hello Australasian Dispute Resolution Research Network (ADRRN) followers, I thought it might be time to inform/remind you about our approach to membership. Basically, this network is entirely voluntary and members (you) bear the responsibility to keep in touch with us, because we don’t keep a membership list. I’m sure you understand why – we all have quite enough administrivia in our lives already, and the ADRRN couldn’t possibly keep track of where people move to as they follow their exciting ADR related careers. We like to see it as an innovative and inclusive way to run an organisation. There are no membership fees, no backroom membership deals, no paperwork, and no hierarchy. We use technological platforms and each individual can decide how it suits them to participate. Everyone’s a grown up who keeps themselves informed about the aspects of the network that they are interested in.
To join the ADRRN, follow us here (at http://adrresearch.net). Our blog is our public face and the way we communicate our work to the world.
That’s it! Done.
Now, to make sure you don’t miss out, think about how it suits you to follow us. Options include:
- set up an email alert about each of our posts to your email account, you can control how frequently and when the email is sent;
- follow us on Twitter @ADRResearch, every article on the WordPress site is automatically posted to Twitter;
- follow us on Facebook.
You, our members, are important to us. We want you to follow our blog, our twitter account, to consider joining our annual Roundtables, to contribute content by commenting or posting, and to otherwise be part of this community.
Our 2019 Roundtable will be held at Latrobe University in Melbourne, hosted by Lola Akin Ojelabi and Jackie Weinberg. You can see the Call for Papers for more information. Our Roundtables are not like other conferences – we insist that the work be in progress and the papers are discussed rigorously with a view to helping the author improve their work before it is finalised. It’s amazing what can be achieved when everyone is brave enough to participate in this mutually supportive process. See reflections on our last Roundtable at Open letter of thanks and appreciation #ADRRN18.
When you have submitted your abstract, you will be contacted by email from firstname.lastname@example.org. Communication by email will happen before and immediately after the Roundtable for participants only. Please note, that email list is not an ADRRN membership list! A new email list is created each year and the gmail account lies dormant except in relation to Roundtables.
Contributing to our online content
Please think about how you might like to contribute your ideas to the network.
The easiest way is to re-post and/or comment on Twitter, WordPress or Facebook.
You might like to create a post (see suggestions and guidelines below). You can email me Olivia.Rundle@utas.edu.au. I am overall editor in charge of the blog, and I coordinate the many people who also volunteer their time to keep our network active. Each month one or two members ensure that regular posts are made. As a courtesy, we coordinate timing of posts with the monthly editors. We can discuss joining you as a regular author or you might like to volunteer to take on editing for one month.
See Becky’s very helpful piece about academic blog posts. We prioritise posts that share scholarly ideas and talk about research in the DR field. Some approaches to content that have worked for our blog in the past include:
- Summarising a more substantial academic piece of writing (either by the original author or someone else);
- Introducing a new idea that you intend to pursue in your research, perhaps by responding to a current issue or event;
- Introducing a Dispute Resolution researcher by profiling them and their work
- Sharing a call for papers for a research conference
- A series of posts over a month that draw from a new publication
- Guest posts by students, drawing from quality work they have submitted for assessment
- Reports about conferences or research meetings
- Stories about the process of research.
Guidelines for content
- The ADRRN blog can only be used to share our own or others’ academic work. The blog should not be used to promote our commercial practices in law or dispute resolution.
- Blog posts work well as half way points between conference papers and academic articles. They can be used to spark ideas for conference papers or articles or to summarise published work. For PhD students, a blog post summarising a chapter of your thesis could work also. You could set blogging as an assessment task for your students and then publish the best ones.
- Ideally a blog post is between 500-2,000 words.
- Try to use hyperlinks rather than endnotes wherever possible. Reference open access materials wherever you are able, or at least link to the place where a publication can be purchased. Many of our readers do not have access to university library subscription databases.
- Post during Australian business hours, ideally between 8-10am AEST. Use the scheduling feature to optimise posting time.
I hope this is helpful and I look forward to your continuing involvement with the ADRRN, in your own preferred way.