11.0680 humanities indexes? e-journals & merit?

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Tue, 7 Apr 1998 20:43:20 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 680.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: Margaret Schaus <mschaus@haverford.edu> (25)
Subject: Humanities Indexes on the Web?

[2] From: "Thomas W. Benson" <t3b@psu.edu>
Subject: Electronic Journals and Tenure/Promotion/Merit

Date: Mon, 6 Apr 1998 10:02:16 -0400
From: Margaret Schaus <mschaus@haverford.edu>
Subject: Humanities Indexes on the Web?

Dear Colleagues,
I edit an index on the Web, the Medieval Feminist Index, and am looking for
other "niche" indexes in the humanities that are available free-of-charge
on the Web. MFI indexes journal articles (350+ journals checked), essays
in collections, and book reviews on women, gender, and sexuality in the
Middle Ages. Records include century, geographic region, primary sources
used (including manuscripts), illustrations, and tables, as well as the
usual author, title, source, and subject headings. There are over 2000
records currently for publications from 1995 through 1997.

It seems to me that the Web is an ideal publishing venue of indexes,
particularly for fields in the humanities that are not well served by
commercial products. With a small group of volunteers and a part-time
student worker, we are building a guide to current scholarship in a fast
growing field. On the Web we can link to full-text (when given
permission), update frequently, provide search aides, and allow boolean
(AND only at this point)searches by field. I would like to find others
engaged in similar projects.

Margaret Schaus (mschaus@haverford.edu)
Magill Library
Haverford College
Haverford, PA 19041
Tel. 610-896-1166
Medieval Feminist Index, Editor

Date: Tue, 7 Apr 1998 09:37:48 -0500
From: "Thomas W. Benson" <t3b@psu.edu>
Subject: Electronic Journals and Tenure/Promotion/Merit


I have been a subscriber to HUMANIST since its inception, but during most
of that time I have had my machine set to lurker mode. I turn to HUMANIST
now with a question that has come up in various ways over the years, in the
hope of getting some current views.

I have been asked to prepare an editorial for my discipline (speech
communication) that describes and advocates policies and practices that
govern, or ought to govern, the evaluation of scholarship published in
electronic, on-line journals. I would be grateful for any pointers to
current policies and practices in this area, and for personal anecdotes and
opinions. Should universities and colleges have specific policies governing
the evaluation of on-line scholarship when it comes time for consideration
of promotion, tenure, and merit pay decisions?

Replies might be sent either to me or to HUMANIST. Thanks.

Tom Benson

Tom Benson
Department of Speech Communication
Penn State University
227 Sparks Building
University Park, PA 16802


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