[Humanist] 26.364 new publication: Journal of Scholarly Publishing 44.1

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Now available online…

Journal of Scholarly Publishing
Volume 44, Number 1, October 2012
http://utpjournals.metapress.com/content/t6195363810p/
This issue contains:

University Press Forum 2012
Rebecca Ann Bartlett

Choice's Compilation of Significant University Press Titles for Undergraduates, 2011–2012
Tom Radko

The Church and Peer Review: Was ‘Peer’ Review Fairer, More Honest Then Than Now?
Thomas H. P. Gould

The traditional thought regarding peer review tends to be that it started with the establishment of the academy, sometime around 1650. It is a reasonable presumption that to have peer review one needs first to have peers. However, the actual review of works certainly occurred long before 1650. Of some importance is the nature of that review that took place prior to the appearance of universities in Bologna and Paris. The standard (and misapplied) logic is that the Church wielded a heavy hand on all publishing, acting as a restraint on inappropriate works prior to their publication. This is not wholly true, however. The Church is best known for its suppression of works post-publication. In a way, it acted as a critic, offering its advice to authors who it found proposed errant ideas and suggesting they might wish to recant and return to good standing. This is interesting when cast in today's peer-review environment. The author suggests that much can be learned from the Church's method of dealing with scholarship, especially in a world of e-reserves. Should we ditch the traditional peer-review method and go back to a publish-then-evaluate system used by the Holy See? In large part, the author argues that unless the academy is willing to cure the perceived ills of peer review and do so soon, the question will be answered in the affirmative, with or without our agreement.

Editing Academic Books in the Humanities and Social Sciences: Maximizing Impact for Effort
Louise Edwards

This article explores the difficulties commonly experienced by academics seeking to edit multi-chapter, multi-contributor edited volumes. Edited volumes play important intellectual and community-building roles in the Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) sector. Yet these significant positive contributions are not always apparent to or valued by tenure and promotion committees. The article identifies several key problems editors face in the formulation and execution of their volumes. It aims to assist prospective editors in ensuring that the time spent editing or co-editing a book remains proportional to the likely return for effort. The article concludes with the argument that the recent emergence of Google Scholar Citations will enable HSS-sector academics to break free of the hegemony of the science-based model for quality assurance that privileges Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) journal articles and will reveal the considerable impact of edited volumes and therefore increase their value as markers of quality scholarship.

British Scholarly Journals on Film Studies: Study and Evaluation of Their Internationality
Susana Torrado Morales, Elea Giménez Toledo

In the United Kingdom, the journal Screen has since the 1950s been the main bibliographic source for the theorists of cinema. At the moment, there are other journals in this area which are making room for themselves in the global arena of film publications. This article studies the internationality—nowadays a key factor in the process of scientific evaluation—of sixteen British film journals as part of an ongoing research project on the evolution of criteria used to measure the quality of scientific journals in the period 2008–2012. In order to measure their level of internationality, four indicators are studied: presence in national and international databases, internationality of both editorial and scientific boards, internationality of contributions, and, finally, the existence of peer-review evaluation in the selection process of the manuscripts.

Book Reviews

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy, reviewed by Sanford G. Thatcher

Jeffrey Kahan, Getting Published in the Humanities: What to Know, Where to Aim, How to Succeed, reviewed by Steven E. Gump

Darcy Cullen, Editors, Scholars, and the Social Text, reviewed by Willis Regier


Letter to the Editor
Stephen K. Donovan


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