[INDOLOGY] Starting a new academic journal

Dominik Wujastyk wujastyk at gmail.com
Wed Aug 23 20:48:01 UTC 2017

Funny you should ask, yes I do:


The DOAJ.org is also keyword-searchable, so one can check from time to time
whether new India-related titles have appeared.

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:


On 23 August 2017 at 03:38, Herman Tull <hermantull at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dominik,
> Do you have a list of open-access journals relevant to Indology that you
> could share with the list?
> with regards,
> Herman
> 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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