III.3. Ethnography and participant observation

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David Greenwood-Sanchez
UW-Madison, phd student
Posts: 1
Joined: Tue Nov 15, 2016 7:34 pm

Standards for publication

PostWed Nov 16, 2016 1:39 pm

Hi all,

I am a third-year political science phd student. Next month, I will be attending a conference in Mexico (the Convention on Biological Diversity COP-13) as a student-observer. My primary objective is to observe the negotiation environment/dynamics, and to get a better sense of the key issues being addressed.

I am wondering: what are the standards or recommended practices I should follow in terms of documentation? I would like to make sure that I have all my bases covered in the event that this experience leads to something publishable. However, in light of the potential reforms within the discipline, it isn't clear to me what I should expect. Are there any agreed-upon guidelines that I should consider? How would you recommend I approach this? Any ideas would be much appreciated.

thank you kindly,
David

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Erica Simmons
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Posts: 5
Joined: Mon Apr 25, 2016 1:23 pm

Re: Standards for publication

PostWed Nov 16, 2016 6:13 pm

David's questions are a good reminder of the importance of this process. The lack of guidance and clarity around what kinds of standards journals will use for ethnography is creating real anxiety among graduate students in particular. A number are afraid to employ the method as they are worried they won't be able to comply with new transparency standards if they do.

DGreenwoodSanchez wrote:Hi all,

I am a third-year political science phd student. Next month, I will be attending a conference in Mexico (the Convention on Biological Diversity COP-13) as a student-observer. My primary objective is to observe the negotiation environment/dynamics, and to get a better sense of the key issues being addressed.

I am wondering: what are the standards or recommended practices I should follow in terms of documentation? I would like to make sure that I have all my bases covered in the event that this experience leads to something publishable. However, in light of the potential reforms within the discipline, it isn't clear to me what I should expect. Are there any agreed-upon guidelines that I should consider? How would you recommend I approach this? Any ideas would be much appreciated.

thank you kindly,
David

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