Avant-Garde, Kitsch, the Two Cultures, and Academic Publishing

Over the past few days, I've been trying to gather a few thoughts on the inferiority complex many of us in the humanities feel when forced to look upon the sciences. For a number of reasons, scientists make some of us feel like we're not real intellectuals, and we've reacted in a number of ways, … Continue reading Avant-Garde, Kitsch, the Two Cultures, and Academic Publishing

Academic Audiences

Just who should we--academics, that is--be talking to? Be writing for?Sometimes, admittedly, our conversations assume a great deal of background. Sometimes, that's even necessary. In too many of these cases, however, that background itself narrows consideration of possibilities and angles outside of the "wisdom" passed down in graduate school or in conferences of narrow focus … Continue reading Academic Audiences

Remodeling Academic Journals

As David Gosser's comment on my post yesterday indicates, there are already a number of possibilities online that can be used by and for new types of academic journals--and people are taking advantage of them. The problem lies in finding an audience, in getting the necessary eyes and necessary responses, the two things that make … Continue reading Remodeling Academic Journals

Why Keep Academic Journals As They Have Been?

Over the past decade, newspapers have learned that they need to change to survive. The deaths of papers all over the United States made that quite apparent, and the journalism industry, though hating to do it, learned to adapt. Today's newspapers aren't merely print, but are intertwined with other media, including television, radio, and websites … Continue reading Why Keep Academic Journals As They Have Been?

Taking Control: More Reasons for the Elsevier Boycott

I have established a Facebook page, "Boycott Elsevier," for aggregating information relevant to the boycott.The anonymous blogger at The Real Fake Elsevier: Non-Fake Thoughts on the Elsevier Boycott makes the point at the heart of the boycott:Helping us manage anonymous peer review by our colleagues, and “credentialing” papers with respect to their importance are — … Continue reading Taking Control: More Reasons for the Elsevier Boycott