Two York graduate journals publish first issues

York Digital Journals is proud to announce two journals publishing their inaugural issues in November 2009. These journals are the result of faculty, graduate student, and library collaboration, and are both over a year in the making.

jppalThe Journal of Public Policy, Administration and Law (JPPAL) is an interdisciplinary journal which encourages students, public servants and scholars to share knowledge and research concerning public policy, administration and law issues.

The journal is an entity associated and founded by the Masters of Public Policy, Administration and Law Student’s Association (MPPALSA) at York University. The goal of this journal is to share and compile high quality literature, exploring conventional and innovative topics and areas of research. JPPAL publishes theoretical, methodological and empirical papers. In addition to publishing peer-reviewed papers JPPAL contains invited papers, book reviews, and short commentary sections.

The inaugural issue of the Journal of Public Policy, Administration and Law marks the team effort of six dedicated individuals who freely volunteer their time and energy to make this first publication possible.

See JPPAL’s first issue here:

Critical Disability Discourse (CDD) is a bilingual, interdisciplinary journal, publishing articles that focus on experiences of disability.


The journal’s review board consists of over 30 students and faculty members from York University, the University of Toronto, Laval University, McMaster University, and the University of Cambridge. CDD was conceived by, and is managed entirely by, graduate students. Their objective is to create an academic space where graduate students might make valuable contributions to the field of Disability Studies. This journal is meant to facilitate an academic community and to provide a more promising opportunity for people just beginning their careers. Journal topics share in common a dedication to non-discrimination and social justice. It is the intention of the CDSSA to bring disability-related issues to mainstream scholastic conversations by promoting and publishing arguments that critically assess disabling social conditions. Discourse about disability is arguably not taken seriously enough in mainstream academic circles; without theoretical backing, it is difficult to effect social change. For CDD’s team, therefore, the journal might serve as part of a greater effort to bring disability to the table and to redress physical and attitudinal discrimination.

See CDD’s fist issue here:

Submitted by Andrea Kosavic, Digital Initiatives Librarian. Ask her about DI@Y!

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