Collective Writing: The Continuous Struggle for Meaning-Making

Petar Jandrić, Timothy W. Luke, Sean Sturm, Peter McLaren, Liz Jackson, Alison MacKenzie*, Marek Tesar, Georgina Tuari Stewart, Peter Roberts, Sandra Abegglen, Tom Burns, Sandra Sinfield, Sarah Hayes, Jimmy Jaldemark, Michael A. Peters, Christine Sinclair, Andrew Gibbons

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This paper is a summary of philosophy, theory, and practice arising from collective writing experiments conducted between 2016 and 2022 in the community associated with the Editors’ Collective and more than 20 scholarly journals. The main body of the paper summarises the community’s insights into the many faces of collective writing. Appendix 1 presents the workflow of the article’s development. Appendix 2 lists approximately 100 collectively written scholarly articles published between 2016 and 2022. Collective writing is a continuous struggle for meaning-making, and our research insights merely represent one milestone in this struggle. Collective writing can be designed in many different ways, and our workflow merely shows one possible design that we found useful. There are many more collectively written scholarly articles than we could gather, and our reading list merely offers sources that the co-authors could think of. While our research insights and our attempts at synthesis are inevitably incomplete, ‘Collective Writing: The Continuous Struggle for Meaning-Making’ is a tiny theoretical steppingstone and a useful overview of sources for those interested in theory and practice of collective writing.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages43
JournalPostdigital Science and Education
Early online date15 Jul 2022
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 15 Jul 2022

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  • Academic labour
  • Collective writing
  • Collegiality
  • Educational philosophy
  • Emancipation
  • Ethics
  • Indigenous identity
  • Indigenous knowledge
  • Integrity
  • Knowledge socialism
  • Methodology
  • Openness
  • Peer co-production
  • Peer review
  • Positionality
  • Postdigital
  • Praxis
  • Public ownership
  • Relational epistemology
  • Trust
  • Writing as data


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