The Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies (https://sites.google.com/a/umn.edu/ijps/), launched in November 2014, is an open access, peer-reviewed, international journal dedicated to sharing new knowledge and successful applications for “cultural transformation to build a world in which all relationships, institutions, policies and organizations are based on principles of partnership.”
We believe that Riane Eisler’s partnership paradigm (including holistic thinking, caring economics, and inclusive participation) can help us all fashion innovative and effective solutions for our complex world by fostering new ways of thinking. Eisler’s use of systems thinking and a macro-historical approach has helped uncover patterns of social organization she calls partnership systems and domination systems.
This journal encourages “interdisciplinary contributions from both scholars and practitioners worldwide to explore and promote the partnership paradigm of mutual respect, social and economic justice, and gender and environmental balance, through research, innovation, and community-based applications.” Traditionally, most journals focus on a single discipline, and rarely invite studies that reflect collaboration among fields of knowledge. The editors and board of the Interdisciplinary Journal of Partnership Studies (which includes Peg Lonnquist, Women’s Center Director at the University of Minnesota), are eager to disrupt these conventions and open the door for partnership-based studies. This peer-reviewed journal is free and accessible to all– so that people all around the globe may advance their understanding of partnership both as a process and as an organizational/cultural system. We also believe that high-quality open access scholarship requires adept information management and collaboration. This is why the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, the University of Minnesota Libraries, and the Center for Partnership Studies have come together in hosting this journal. We welcome your participation in an ongoing dialog between knowledge generation and knowledge application. Together we can move our diverse cultures toward partnership!