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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 issue—which range from an essay arguing that humanists need to understand and interpret quantitative data to a review of the WordSeer text analysis tool—fall outside your usual scholarly domain, then certainly the journal’s editorial and publishing apparatus will pique your interest. As Dan Cohen explained in a separate blog post, the journal operates under the model of catching the good—of finding substantive and valuable digital humanities work “in whatever format, and wherever, it exists.” Blogs, podcasts, Twitter conversations, slideshows, and so on, these are all venues in which significant and, though I hate to use such an ungainly word, impactful work is being done. The regular and guest editors “catch” this work, and then provide layers of evaluation and review before it appears in JDH.

In a future post I’ll share my insights into the authorial side of the journal (What is it like to be “caught”?). But for now, do check out the Journal of Digital Humanities, which is also, for you e-reader and tablet fans, available as a PDF or epub.

Bubble Catcher photograph courtesy of Flickr user Jeff Kubina / Creative Commons Licensed

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