UKZN Academic recognised as an Outstanding Reviewer for an International Journal
School of Management, Information Technology and Governance Academic and Marketing Expert, Professor Debbie Vigar-Ellis, has been recognised as an Outstanding Reviewer for the International Journal of Wine Business Research (IJWBR) in the Emerald Literati Network 2015 Awards for Excellence.
Vigar-Ellis was chosen for the award by the editorial team who were requested to select up to two reviewers who contributed significantly to the journal throughout 2014.
The IJWBR is the only journal that provides complete and full coverage across business disciplines, continents and countries, on all issues related to managing wine-related businesses, and its perspective is inclusive of other alcoholic beverages.
Vigar-Ellis, who is attending various marketing conferences in Europe this month, said she was grateful for the award as it reinforced her passion for research.
‘Engaging in reviews provides me with an opportunity to give back to my discipline by participating in the process of quality assurance in research outputs. Engaging in research myself and presenting this at conferences gives me an opportunity to share my research work gives me an opportunity to showcase research work and to link my name to a certain area of research work within the broad marketing field.
‘This creates networking opportunities with leading academics in your immediate field and in others and allows one to get valuable feedback from the top academics on how to improve research and who to collaborate with in international research,’ she said.
Emerald Group Publishing Limited’s Academic Relations Manager, Mr Jim Bowden, congratulated Vigar-Ellis on her achievement and thanked her for her excellent work as a reviewer ‘because without her effort and dedication, Emerald journals would not have the right to be called scholarly’.