[INDOLOGY] Starting a new academic journal

Herman Tull hermantull at gmail.com
Wed Aug 23 09:38:39 UTC 2017


Do you have a list of open-access journals relevant to Indology that you
could share with the list?

with regards,


Herman Tull

On Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 4:23 PM, Dominik Wujastyk via INDOLOGY <
indology at list.indology.info> wrote:

> Dear colleagues,
> New academic journals spring up with surprising frequency.  Indeed, I
> launched one <http://hssa-journal.org> myself.  I am surprised, however,
> to see how many of the journals relevant to Indology still function on what
> I think of as the "old model," and are run as for-profit enterprises by
> commercial companies like Springer, Elsevier, Brill and others, whose first
> duty is not to the growth of knowledge, but to their shareholders.
> This problem of forked loyalty was starkly demonstrated this last week,
> when Cambridge University Press bowed to pressure from the Chinese
> Government, and voluntarily censored the content of its journal *China
> Quarterly,* withdrawing 300 articles that touched on topics sensitive to
> the PRC's communist government including the Tienanmen Square massacre and
> Tibet.  The reason given by the press was (in my words) that it was willing
> to sacrifice intellectual integrity for the purpose of continuing to sell
> the broad range of its products in the Chinese market.  The press has since changed
> its mind
> <http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2017/08/cambridge-university-press-posts-censored-articles-170822075543589.html>
> as a result of widespread incredulity and outrage from the academic
> establishment.  It might be uncharitable to view it this way, but one can't
> help thinking that CUP continues make decisions based on the bottom line,
> and has simply decided that it stands to lose more by alienating its
> domestic academic market than the Chinese one.
> There are now robust alternatives to the old model.  For many years, the Public
> Knowledge Project <https://pkp.sfu.ca/> at Canada's Simon Fraser
> University has been distributing excellent free software for running
> academic journals.  From the technical point of view, it is really quite
> easy to set up and run an online, Open Access journal.  If one needs
> technical help, the PKP can provide advice.
> There are also important initiatives such as the Open Library of the
> Humanities <https://www.openlibhums.org/> that provide support
> <https://www.openlibhums.org/site/academics/journal-applications-to-join-the-olh/>
> for new or existing Open Access journals.  The OLH is important for two
> reasons.  First, it has a robust business model.  Second, it is alive to
> new and emerging forms of academic publishing, including the very
> interesting systems like archivX, PLOS, PeerJ, and JSTOR that have
> developed in scientific publishing. OLH is particularly inspired by PLOS
> <https://www.plos.org/>, and can partly be seen as a project to give
> humanistic scholars the kinds of benefit already enjoyed by scientists.
> If you are thinking of  launching a new journal, please look at projects
> like OLH.  They might provide everything you need, including adherence to
> the OA principles and the business models of the future.
> If you want to publish an article, think first of the Open Access journals
> might give you the peer-review, impact and quality that you are looking
> for.  The DOAJ <http://doaj.org> is an index of OA journals, and offers a
> lot of discussion and documentation about all the issues I raise here.
> Best wishes,
> Dominik
>> --
> Professor Dominik Wujastyk <http://ualberta.academia.edu/DominikWujastyk>
> ​,​
> Singhmar Chair in Classical Indian Society and Polity
> ​,​
> Department of History and Classics
> <http://historyandclassics.ualberta.ca/>
> ​,​
> University of Alberta, Canada
> ​.​
> South Asia at the U of A:
> ​sas.ualberta.ca​
> ​​
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