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« Reply #285 on: December 24, 2012, 2:50:37 PM »

Doesn't being a DSM and moderator give you a private line to the White House? Possibly on a big red phone.

I've heard that they actually know Santa.
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« Reply #286 on: December 24, 2012, 6:24:59 PM »

Doesn't being a DSM and moderator give you a private line to the White House? Possibly on a big red phone.

I've heard that they We actually know Santa.

Fixed that for us.
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« Reply #287 on: December 24, 2012, 8:10:44 PM »

What Scholars Say . . .

I have published five books with Mellen over my career.  I choose them repeatedly because of their reliability and forthrightness in dealing with authors.  Their contracts are always fully clear; they maintain a full brief on all ongoing research; and they are commendably flexible over deadlines. 

I have also peer-reviewed a number of texts for The Edwin Mellen Press and am impressed with their standards which seem more demanding than other publishing houses.  For instance, as well as requiring independent peer review, The Edwin Mellen Press has for many years refused to accept a manuscript unless it is recommended by three established scholars, one of whom supplies the Preface to the book. (It is a condition of publication that this process take place prior to formal peer review.)

In my case scholars have proved very willing to submit material in support of my publications, which were the major justification for my being awarded a personal chair in Bristol in 2002.  I certainly would stand lower within my institution without Mellen's support, and I have remained grateful and indebted to them since first being promoted senior lecturer in 1993.

Prof. John Parkin
University of Bristol


This was our last serious post to the thread (not counting TimidLibrarian's query).  Just a reminder.
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« Reply #288 on: December 24, 2012, 9:54:26 PM »

What Scholars Say . . .

I have published five books with Mellen over my career.  I choose them repeatedly because of their reliability and forthrightness in dealing with authors.  Their contracts are always fully clear; they maintain a full brief on all ongoing research; and they are commendably flexible over deadlines. 

I have also peer-reviewed a number of texts for The Edwin Mellen Press and am impressed with their standards which seem more demanding than other publishing houses.  For instance, as well as requiring independent peer review, The Edwin Mellen Press has for many years refused to accept a manuscript unless it is recommended by three established scholars, one of whom supplies the Preface to the book. (It is a condition of publication that this process take place prior to formal peer review.)

In my case scholars have proved very willing to submit material in support of my publications, which were the major justification for my being awarded a personal chair in Bristol in 2002.  I certainly would stand lower within my institution without Mellen's support, and I have remained grateful and indebted to them since first being promoted senior lecturer in 1993.

Prof. John Parkin
University of Bristol


This was our last serious post to the thread (not counting TimidLibrarian's query).  Just a reminder.

I'm not sure I'd call that serious...  But I expect that they will return, in their attempted seriousity.
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« Reply #289 on: January 16, 2013, 8:03:29 AM »

It is true that the press has a bad reputation. Its representatives' contributions to this thread are not helping matters. If Mellen wants to improve its reputation, it must take steps to improve the editing of the books it publishes, bolster its peer-review process, and acquaint itself better with the norms and expectations of high quality academic publishing.

A press's reputation is not made by the fluffiness of the souffle of hyperboles written about the books it publishes.

Mellen does a disservice to inexperienced or poorly mentored graduate students and beginning academics when it holds itself out as a press on par with a second-tier university press. It is not that, and people who publish with it under that expectation have been badly misled in ways that are likely to do long-term damage to their careers. End of story.
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« Reply #290 on: January 16, 2013, 12:51:52 PM »

Please see our continuation of this discussion here:  http://chronicle.com/forums/index.php/topic,122855.0.html
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« Reply #291 on: January 16, 2013, 4:31:11 PM »

So grad school professors do tell their students where to and not to publish within their respective fields, right?
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« Reply #292 on: January 16, 2013, 5:22:04 PM »

So grad school professors do tell their students where to and not to publish within their respective fields, right?

It's more of a discussion, but yes.  There is a class of junk journals and junk to weak conferences in which I'd not let my students publish.
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