Tag Archives: peer review


Considerate Collaboration: Google Docs

Bee about to land on flower

A large portion of the work I do exists on Google Docs – whether working on internal documents within my department, for committees, within my classes, or collaborating online to co-author articles, organize events, or provide feedback to other writers. Over time, I realized that just because many people can use Google Docs does not mean they are always considerate in the ways they collaborate on Google Docs. Here are some tips on some areas I feel collaborators (whether peers, or teacher/stude…


New Keywords on Digital Pedagogy

In December, I posted about the MLA’s open review process for a new collection, Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments.

To kick off the summer, the editors–Katherine Harris, Rebecca Frost Davis, Jentery Sayers, and Matt Gold–have released a fresh batch of keywords, open for review until July 1. They include: George Williams on “Access”; Diane K. Jakacki on “Blogging”; Joyce R. Walker on “Classr…


DHCommons Journal Seeks Mid-Stage Digital Humanities Projects for Review in Inaugural Issue

Many—though far from all, I realize—ProfHacker readers are involved in the digital humanities (DH). More than two years ago I wrote about the launch of DHCommons, a resource for connecting scholars interested in collaborating on DH projects. Later that year I wrote about how DHCommons was partnering with the Association for Computers and the Humanities to connect new DH scholars with mentors. Since then DHCommons has partnered with centerNet, the international network of digital humanities cent…


Call for Open Peer Review: Web Writing

A sign that reads Four years ago, ProfHacker’s own Kathleen Fitzpatrick posted the text of her new book, Planned Obsolescence, online. This act kicked off a radical experiment on the part of Fitzpatrick and NYU Press, which had the book under contract, to engage in an open peer review of the text. Thanks to the CommentPress theme for WordPress, readers would be able to write in the Internet’s margins and add commentary and suggestions to individual paragraphs or chapters of Kathleen’s book. When Planned Obsolesce…


Crowdsourcing the Best Digital Humanities Content: Introducing #DHThis, the Digital Humanities Slashdot

crowdsourcing-525x350In the world of print, editors traditionally serve as a screening mechanism to ensure that only the best work sees the light of publication. In academia, peer review serves the same purpose. By relying on the judgment of other experts, a journal ensures that only certain types of work will appear within its pages. But with the advent of the Internet and easy-to-use content management systems like WordPress and Blogger, the power to publish is now in anyone’s hands. How then should the process …


Getting Your Digital Work to Count

A plush doll of The Count from Sesame Street

Here at ProfHacker, we regularly write about the stages of professional life in academia. One of the most important–and therefore the most stressful–is preparing for promotion and tenure. George wrote about this subject last week; Anastasia has had advice about starting a tenure box; Nels has covered writing annual reviews; and Natalie recently featured a list of our posts on annual reviews and CVs.

Of course, ProfHackers also tend to like digital tools, both in our teaching and research, and s…


Introducing the Journal of Digital Humanities

Catching BubblesLate last month saw the debut of the Journal of Digital Humanities, a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that features “the best scholarship, tools, and conversations produced by the digital humanities community” during the previous quarter. ProfHacker readers ought to find this new journal, edited by the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media’s Dan Cohen and Joan Fragaszy Troyano, worth a look. (Full disclosure/humblebrag: I have a piece in the issue.)

If the contents of the inaugural …


The Challenges of Digital Scholarship

A Report on the MLA Preconference on Evaluating Digital Work for Promotion and Tenure

[This is a guest post by Adeline Koh, an assistant professor of literature at Richard Stockton College, New Jersey. Her research and teaching interests are in postcolonial literature and theory, 20th century British literature, African and Southeast Asian literature, global feminist theory, and the digital humanities. She is currently the director of The Stockton Postcolonial Studies Project, an online magazine…


‘Speed Dating’ Peer-Review Writing Workshops

We write about writing regularly at ProfHacker. If you’re new to ProfHacker, you absolutely should review Billie’s wonderful “Writer’s Bootcamp” series for tips about developing good personal writing habits and helping students with their writing. My students do quite a bit of writing in all of my classes—blog posts, writing exercises, digital projects, and more traditional papers. I aim to help my students develop their writing skills, both when composing their own texts and when critically ana…


Introducing Sympoze

Last October, Jason asked what readers were doing for Open Access Week. That post received several comments that indicated people were, in fact, doing quite a lot.

One interesting (and ambitious!) Open Access project that’s come to my attention is Sympoze, from the folks at Academy Geeks. Sympoze’s goal is to improve the peer review process through crowd-sourcing (by qualified referees), then make accepted papers freely available in its library (see their “How it Works” and “FAQS” pages for more…