Cover of the Rolling Stone?

July 11 / 65

By Silvia Dropulich

To celebrate the research achievements of University staff, Melbourne Research has launched its inaugural covers display in the foyer of the Alan Gilbert Building.

It is an extraordinary achievement for an academic to be published in a prestigious scholarly journal, but having your work inspire the cover of the journal is the academic equivalent of making it on the cover of the Rolling Stone magazine.

The display – a work in progress – involved collaboration between three departments: Melbourne Research, Property and Campus Services, and the Copyright Office. It represents the culmination of 10 months of joint effort.

On the wall are publication covers which celebrate a range of work by Melbourne academics from Professor Frank Caruso, in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, to VCA and Music’s Associate Professor Barb Bolt,  to the Department of Finance’s Dr Les Coleman, and many more.

There are more than 100 covers displayed in the foyer, accompanied by a detailed bibliography. More images are to be displayed as soon as copyright approval is received. 

Dr David Cookson, the Executive Director, Research said the display was conceived by the former DVC (Research), Professor Peter Rathjen as a means of celebrating and promoting the research breadth of the University. 

“Front covers are a measure of the quality and potential impact of a research publication, and of the track record of its authors.

“University researchers across many disciplines have produced publications that have received such acclaim and have been highlighted on journal front covers,” he said.

The collection of covers began last year with an invitation to staff by the then DVC (Research) to submit electronic copies of front covers that highlighted articles that they had written in that particular issue.

Earlier this year, the brief was expanded to accommodate book covers, and other items relevant to the arts and humanities. To date, around 130 covers have been submitted and they continue to be collected. 

“We encourage staff to continue to submit covers for the display,” Dr Cookson said.

While Melbourne research tried to include all submissions, it was not possible in all cases, as some publishers denied reproduction approval, and some supplied images were not of the required technical quality. 

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