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A new TIPWG magazine – a deeper look

As we mentioned in our previous issue, TIPWG is looking at publishing a biannual digital-magazine that would:

  1. Provide a platform for publishing new pesticide-related research applicable to the forestry sector which doesn’t fit traditional journals’ strict criteria and therefore would be lost to the sector.

  2. Disseminate the findings of already published research, views and opinions to the industry in way that those without a scientific background can access the key messages.

The challenge is to strike a balance between a scientifically acceptable format and making the magazine attractive, digestible and interesting to the wider, non-scientific forestry audience who ultimately should be benefiting from this research.

In order to do this, we propose splitting the magazine into three sections, each with a separate look and feel. The first section, outlined below, provides the platform for new research discussed above in point one; the second and third sections will enable the dissemination of already published research, views and opinions (point two):

1) Technical papers

This section is the platform for researchers wishing to communicate their findings by publishing their pesticide-related forestry research, but whose research may not fit the parameters sought by standard peer-review journals.

Technical papers are still expected to meet the levels of scientific-rigour that peer-review would place upon the data collection, analysis and interpretation. There will be a TIPWG review panel tasked with this.

2) Opinion pieces

These present ideas and concepts that build upon, or are supported by, published research. Complex or new concepts/theories should be broken down and related back to practical examples when possible, remembering that opinion pieces are geared towards an interested, non-scientific audience. These are not platforms for publishing the results of original research.

Generally speaking, opinion pieces will be written by individuals on request by TIPWG, however we will be open to submissions.

3) Interest pieces

These take previously published peer-reviewed research and present it in a way that is more digestible for an informed non-scientific audience. For example, using practical examples to illustrate the scientific rational or the impact of key findings or bringing together a number of studies, deconstructing the science and presenting the key findings in a fashion that is easy to understand and apply in the field.

WE NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU!

We are looking for feedback from FSA members on the proposed structure and the perceived need for a research platform/dissemination tool such as this. Please send all responses to Jacqui Meyer, TIPWG secretariat: info@tipwg.co.za We look forward to hearing from you.

/ A glimpse ahead

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