• Session Proposal: Electronic Publishing and the Practice of History

    We’d like to propose a general discussion session on the present and future of electronic publishing in the historical profession.

    We have all been involved in the creation of a new professional organization, the Society for U.S. Intellectual History, which came into being during the summer of 2011.  (We’re so new that we do not even have a website yet, though you can find out about us on the U.S. Intellectual History blog, which is affiliated with S-USIH.)  S-USIH’s two major, existing projects are our blog and our conference, both of which predate the existence of the Society. But one of the reasons that we wanted to form a society is that we are interesting in exploring the possibility of creating some sort of journal. I think we all feel that this will likely be an electronic journal. But this immediately raises a series of questions that we have only begun to explore.

    What forms might an e-journal take?  Does an e-journal differ simply in its method of distribution? Or does its electronic format potentially allow us to promote and distribute different forms of scholarship from those that might appear in a printed journal? How does an e-journal credential itself in our discipline?  How have other e-journals answered these questions?

    Or is the very idea of an e-journal—an electronic version of a form created in a print-bound world—a failure to explore the horizons of electronic publishing and digital scholarship?  Should the publication program of a new professional society in 2012 take an entirely different form?

    In this session, we’d hope to gather those interested in exploring these questions in a more general context.  Among the general questions we’re particularly interested in exploring: What are the new scholarly possibilities opened up by electronic publication?  What are the expenses—in hardware, software, bandwith, etc.—associated with a serious e-publication program? How can some vital technologies associated with traditional scholarly publication—e.g. peer review—be translated to an electronic age?

    Ben Alpers, ude.u1508718604o@sre1508718604plab1508718604
    Lauren Kientz Anderson, moc.l1508718604iamg@1508718604nosre1508718604dnazt1508718604neik.1508718604l1508718604
    Ray Haberski, ude.n1508718604airam1508718604@iksr1508718604ebah1508718604
    Andrew Hartman, ude.u1508718604tsli@1508718604amtra1508718604ha1508718604
    Tim Lacy, moc.l1508718604iamg@1508718604ycal.1508718604n.yht1508718604omit1508718604

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  1. Nice and practical — should make for a good session, especially since there might well be folks there with experience. We had a THATCamp Publishing a few months ago, by the way, which was attended by a lot of university librarians at places that provide journal publishing services. Here are the notes from that session, with a list of things to think about when you want to start a journal: docs.google.com/document/d/1j5Qhp2qE7RmcBTElqTfZ1cNyZpTXveXhfSs0f3uE4KM/edit?hl=en_US

    See also the other notes from THATCamp Publishing, available via publishing2011.thatcamp.org/archives/370

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