There Is No Such Thing as a Journal Paper

  • Sarah Gilmore
  • Nancy Harding
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Creativity and Culture book series (PASCC)


The authors explore the was by which a journal paper came into being. In so doing, their stories expose the traditional narratives concerning research processes to be a hoax. The traditional model is of a linear, logical flow of ‘progress’ from idea to data collection, analysis and successful navigation of the journal review processes. The archaeology presented here highlights the happenstance, detours and patterns of life experiences that influenced, permeated and dictated its construction. Ultimately, the existence of ‘a journal paper’ is refuted. Instead, we propose a view of research, its careful construction and the writing it involves as a series of entanglements where research/lives/thoughts/bodies/homes/families collide and coalesce—underpinned and nourished by enduring friendships.


Research methods Qualitative research Friendship 



The authors would like to acknowledge the central role played by Jackie Ford in this story. It has been published with her approval, and we would like to state our gratitude to her for everything she has done and continues to do for our research, work more generally, and most of all, for her continued friendship.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sarah Gilmore
    • 1
  • Nancy Harding
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ExeterExeterUK
  2. 2.Bradford UniversityBradfordUK

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