Press Start – A Student-Led Game Studies Journal

Barr, M. (2016) Press Start – A Student-Led Game Studies Journal. sparqs (Student Partnerships in Quality Scotland) Conference 2017, Edinburgh, UK, 23 Mar 2017.

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Press Start ( is a student-run, peer-reviewed journal that publishes student work relating to the study of video games. The journal was founded with the aim of providing students with opportunities to develop their writing skills by submitting or peer reviewing work, and to gain experience of working together to deliver a project with an international profile. The intention was also to provide students studying games with a venue for publishing high-quality work that might otherwise have gone unnoticed. Many of the challenges involved in running an international student journal relate to the sheer diversity of the students involved. The journal accepts work from undergraduates through to PhD students, and the reviewers and editorial board members are drawn from the same broad pool. Some students have experience of peer review and academic publishing, while others come to the journal completely unacquainted with the peer review process. Game Studies is also a uniquely multidisciplinary area of study, with students working in fields as diverse as Computing Science, English Literature, Psychology, Film, and beyond. This diversity creates challenges in terms of finding appropriate reviewer expertise within the student body, and these issues are compounded by international variations in disciplinary practices and expectations. Other challenges relate to, for example, ensuring Press Start is suitably visible and discoverable, and finding ways to support the community that has developed around the journal. This paper demonstrates how the students involved in Press Start have risen to the challenge of delivering such an ambitious project.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Keywords:Student engagement, multidisciplinarity, game studies.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Barr, Dr Matthew
Authors: Barr, M.
Subjects:L Education > L Education (General)
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Information Studies
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