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.

Re: Increasing diversity in scholarly communications? (comment)

I'm not sure I can agree with your anthropomorphic statement that academia "is not intellectually honest enough to admit" it is too political to allow diversity of voices (and I have no interest in debating that point further) but your other points are well placed. Perhaps the first step is re-acquainting ourselves with the art of argument. As historians we know our understanding of the past is based on the interpretations of the available sources. Adding more voices to the conversation certainly expands the pool of sources.
Thanks for the post.
Linda Shay

Re: Increasing diversity in scholarly communications? (comment)(reply)

Unfortunately, academia is much too political at the present to allow for a true diversity of voices. And even worse, it’s not intellectually honest enough to admit that. There is too much temptation to quickly slap a label on people rather than consider and debate their ideas.

Scholarly preprints (comment)


The Scholarly Kitchen blog currently features two articles on scholarly preprints--the scholar's final version of an article shared before it appears in a journal.:

"The Stars Are Aligning for Preprints: " An overview of recent events and the current state of preprints in the scholarly communications landscape, b Judy Luther, April 18, 2017

New Article | Healthy Food Blogs: Creating New Nutrition Knowledge at the Crossroads of Science, Foodie Lifestyle & Gender Identities

Greetings colleagues,

I write to share my recently published article, "Healthy Food Blogs: Creating New Nutrition Knowledge at the Crossroads of Science, Foodie Lifestyle & Gender Identities," in the thirty-sixth edition of Yearbook of Women’s History, a special issue titled, “Gendered Food Practices from Seed to Waste,” edited by Bettina Bock and Jessica Duncan.

Redesigning Digital Monographs (comment)

Friends:  JSTOR labs has released a new White Paper, "Reimagining the Digital Monograph Design Thinking to Build New Tools for Researchers," by Alex Humphreys, Christina Spencer, Laura Brown, Matthew Loy, and Ronald Snyder which discusses the ways scholars use digital monographs and ways that these might be made more useful and accessible to a wide range of readers.

 You can find it at


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