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New open access inter-faith journal


We are delighted to announce the first volume of Convocamus, a new journal on the University of St Andrews Library journal hosting platform.


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Conceived and produced by Samuel Mellish and a team of undergraduate students in St Mary's College, Convocamus is an inter-faith publication providing a platform for scholarly dialogue. Sam provided a case study for our recent event, Managing journals: challenges and opportunities.

Following the absence of opportunities to pursue research projects outside of the undergraduate structure, students of St Mary's College sought to form a platform for such study. As members of a religious college the students wanted to use this platform to bring together individuals from a number of religions. This led to the birth of Convocamus. 

The editorial staff hope the journal will encourage inter-faith dialogue, and provide a platform for academic debate. Also, we hope it encourages undergraduates to take their studies beyond their degree.
The first articles have already had significant interest, with over 500 PDF downloads of the current issue. The greatest usage was understandably at the point of publication (261 article downloads in December 2014), with usage continuing into 2015.


The journal's Editor-in-Chief, Sam Mellish, would like to thank all those who have contributed and read the journal so far.

Read the first issue of Convocamus at: http://ojs.st-andrews.ac.uk/index.php/convocamus/issue/view/98/showToc

You can also let your comments and thoughts be heard via the Convocamus Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/convocamus

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