Are Historians Still Ambivalent About Getting Published Online?

A 2015 survey by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences has found that three-quarters of historians have never published their work online and prefer print, citing lack of scholarly recognition and prestige for digital publications.

Source: Robert Townsend, History News Network, April 29. 2018,

Moving to the Mainstream

A good synthesis of the state of open peer review:

Rebecca Pool asks: "was 2017 the year that scholarly publishing let in open peer review?" The article features comments by Andrew Preston, co-founder and chief executive of peer review service provider, Publons.

Source: Rebecca Pool, "Moving to the Mainstream," Research Information, February-March, 2018,  (free account required)

Tropy (resources)


Developed by George Mason University and funded by the Mellon Foundation, "Tropy" is a new free app. designed to enable researchers to organize the chaos of photographs they take on research trips to archives.

(the name conveys the opposite of "entropy")

The American Historical Association's newsletter Perspectives on History includes an article about the creation of the app at

Clearing the garden: ScholarlyHub as a new non-profit digital commons

New article of interest about ScholarlyHub:

April Hathcock and Guy Geltner, "Clearing the Garden: ScholarlyHub as a New Non-profit Digital Commons, Insights, 31 no. 6 (2018). DOI:

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.

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:

What We Know and What They Know: Scholarly Communication, Usability, and Un-Usability

Dylan Burns (Utah State University) considers the usability of library collections and what librarians should do in light of students and faculty use of SciHub:

"We as librarians shouldn’t  “teach” our patrons to adapt to our obtuse and oftentimes difficult systems but libraries should adapt to the needs of our patrons."


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