Monday, October 22, 2007

From the Chronicle Wired blog

From the Chronicle's Wired blog:

October 22, 2007

Humanities Scholars Get Networked

The Social Science Research Network, an online clearinghouse for current research popular among social scientists, has created a Humanities Research Network along the same model.

The new network will cover three areas: philosophy, classics, and English and American literature. More disciplines will be added in the coming months.

Authors can upload abstracts or PDF files of working papers, or share published papers as long as they hold the copyright. There is no charge to upload a paper or, in most cases, to download one that is posted. Each author’s contact information appears along with the article so that readers can offer comments.

Scholars involved say that the network, known as the HRN, meets an urgent professional need.

“Most of us in the humanities have so little money to travel to conferences these days,” said Susan Sage Heinzelman, associate professor of English and women’s and gender studies at the University of Texas at Austin and director of the HRN’s English & American Literature Research Network. “We just don’t have the kind of ongoing interaction in our academic work that is available to our colleagues in the law school, the business school, et cetera.”—Jennifer Howard


Blogger sap said...

Does anyone think people will actually post papers that are in progress? I don't think so.

8:45 PM  
Blogger Michael E. said...

Not in English. I know that law professors do this. (They have been using this SSRN thing a long time.) But I think "working paper" might mean something different there, and in other disciplines, than in English. It makes sense more when there might be new evidence (e.g. new legal decisions) that could alter your findings.

4:18 PM  

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