untenured and untethered (comment)


Below are two contrasting takes on the experiences of scholars who find themselves working outside academe.  On losing her position, Erin Bartram evidently decided to abandon academic research. On the other hand, Michael Wing argues that it can be very rewarding to hold a position outside academe and continue to carry out scholarly research.  Links to both and excerpts are below.

What's in a name? (comment)

Also courtesy of the NCIS,here is another commentary on the dilemmas of publishing in prestigious peer-reviewed journals versus open-access publishing.  This one appeared in the "Impact of Social Sciences" blog of the London School of Economics and Political Science and  comes from Philip Moriarty who confesses to being hypocritical when he praises open access but publishes in paywalled journals and encourages his students to do so also.  The comments are worth reading as well.  Below is an excerpt and a link:

Academic Freedom in the U.K. (comment)

Courtesy of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS.org) below is a link to a story that appeared in The Boar--a student-run newspaper of the University of Warwick, alleging that some professors feel their controversial work is stifled because their universities fear social-media trolling.


Accessible scholarship (comment)


If you have ever tried and failed to obtain a legal copy of a scholarly publication, you know how frustrating it can be. It is more than twice as frustrating to obtain a copy and then discover that you cannot read it because of its format.  If you have normal eyesight but have struggled to read a microscopic and unenlargeable book or .pdf on your phone, you can understand how annoying it is to confront this problem every day.

Free speech in the Ivory Tower? (comment)


The topic of academic freedom of speech has come up even more urgently in the past couple of years as the internet has both magnified the reach of classroom comments and made it easier for those who are outside institutions of higher education to participate, or interfere, in what used to be internal discussions. Recently, Academe, the newletter for the American Association of University Professors, dedicated an entire issue to "the state of the academic profession in a political climate that has exacerbated existing threats to higher education." 

translating scholarly findings for the public, comment


on his blog, "Mainlymedicalphysics: Thoughts about medical physics, academia, cycling and other stuff," Adam Gibson comments about his experience in handling press discussions of his scientific work and offers advice for other scholars who face a similar task.  Below are links and a brief excerpt:

"Aftermath of a press adventure"
Posted on 15 January, 2018 by Adam Gibson    

Further discussion of censorship in China (comment)


Our sister H-Net network, H-Asia, has a follow-up post by Elizabeth Redden sharing links to recent comments on censorship of academic work in China and on Chinese efforts to control scholarly communication about China overseas. 

You can find the H-Asia post here:


Re: Shold citations be censored? (comment)

It's a citation in a different journal of a previously published work, not an original statement by the author, and should not be removed.

Additionally, if the citation (and publication of the article) was published before any subsequent findings against the original published article, there has been no "bad action" by the author/article that made the citation.

Historical record and all that.


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