Museum Anthropology Review in Transition(s)

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Jason Jackson’s account of the rise and revision of Museum Anthropology Review may very well be as “inside baseball” as anything academic can get, but it is a detailed chronology of the events, and the reasons, that he helped establish an open access journal that continues to thrive today. I recommend it to my students for its very clear articulation of the inner workings of scholarship: there are costs; there is labor.

New Journal: History of the Humanities

The [University of Chicago Press][] is starting a new journal:

> The University of Chicago Press is pleased to announce the launch of _History of Humanities_, a new journal devoted to the historical and comparative study of the humanities. The first issue will be published in the spring of 2016. _History of Humanities_, along with the newly formed Society for the History of the Humanities, takes as its subject the evolution of a wide variety of disciplines including archaeology, art history, historiography, linguistics, literary studies, musicology, philology, and media studies, tracing these fields from their earliest developments, through their formalization into university disciplines, and to the modern day. By exploring these subjects across time and civilizations and along with their socio-political and epistemic implications, the journal takes a critical look at the concept of humanities itself.

It might be something for Jonathan Goodwin and me to think about, or at least Goodwin himself as he continues his graphing of various intellectual histories. I wonder how dominated the journal is going to be by historians.

[University of Chicago]:

Free and Open Source Journal Management Software

A list of free and open-source journal management software from the [Open Access Directory](

* Ambra. Formerly part of Topaz (below), but forked.
* CLEO Various tools related to and Lodel (see Lodel below) can be found in this site. In French.
* DiVA. From the the Electronic Publishing Centre at Uppsala University Library.
* DPubS. From Cornell University Library and Pennsylvania State University Libraries and Press.
* E-Journal. From Drupal.
* ePublishing Toolkit. From the Max Planck Gesellschaft.
* GAPworks. From German Academic Publishers (GAP).
* HyperJournal. From the University of Pisa.
* Lodel is the publishing software behind
* OpenACS
* Open Journal Systems. From the Public Knowledge Project.
* SOPS. From SciX.
* Topaz. From the Public Library of Science. Also see Ambra, above.

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition also maintains a list of [Journal Management Systems](

DayOne App: Feedback

I must be getting old. I can’t find an e-mail link or any other route to offer feedback to the developer of an app of which I am very fond, [Day One]( I tweeted the developer, but my tweet got picked up by a service of some kind and the developer came back mostly cranky.

In the mean time, here are my Day One app improvement suggestions:

* Give me a way to edit the style sheet for how my text appears.
* And then make sure my text also appears that way when it prints.
* Then give me a way to export more than one entry at a time: what if I want to print and bind a year’s worth of entries? No way to do that.
* And here’s my cool UI idea for the day: make it possible for a user to make their “inspirational” thought for the day be the post for that day from last year. Implementing that will make you a real leader in the journaling space.

I’ve written about Day One before, both in [comparison to MacJournal][mj] and as part of [how and why I blog][hw].


MacJournal versus Day One

There are two things that Day One currently has going for it that MacJournal needs:

1. First, syncing through DropBox is dead easy, and, more importantly that means syncing **all** your devices, including iOS devices.

2. Day One offers a minimalist user interface for writing that doesn’t require one to go into full screen mode.

I know full screen is all the rage, but sometimes I want nothing more than a neatly-styled text box to type into that will then expand into a fuller UI if I want it. Scrivener almost gets this right except it doesn’t know how to adjust its width accordingly — this may be a function of Mac OS options than the app itself. I really like apps that grow and shrink their size modally, e.g. iTunes.

**UPDATE** (July 2012): I have returned to being a loyal user of MacJournal, which will shortly be beta testing syncing options, including through DropBox. My return is precipitated on a few things:

1. The developer of MacJournal is amazingly friendly and helpful and has been for years. I contacted the developer of Day One once, and I thought very respectfully, and his response was, well, to use an old-fashioned word, *churlish*. (It’s more polite than the first word that came to mind.)
2. MacJournal already offers almost all the functionality I want: tags, the ability to post something from the app to a variety of blogging platforms, the ability to include graphics in posts. It’s not perfect in this regard, but it’s got a lot packed in it.
3. I still prefer the UIs of the two Day One apps: they really are lovely, and I hope MacJournal’s developer has the chance to try some things out. It may be that his user base largely prefers things as they are — and since I am only one voice in a larger market, I have to respect that.

Journals in Folklore Studies and Adjacent Areas of Inquiry

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of folklore study, and often the interstitial housing of folklorists within the academy, there are a number of journals that are of interest to folklorists. The list below can only be suggestive:

## Folklore Journals/Periodicals ##

* _Folklore Fellows Communications_
* _Journal of American Folklore_
* _Journal of Folklore Research_ (formerly_Journal of the Folklore Institute_)
* _Louisiana Folklore Miscellany_
* _Southern Folklore_ (was _Southern Folklore Quarterly_)
* _Western Folklore_

## Anthropology, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, Psychology, Semiotics ##

* American Anthropologist
* American Ethnologist
* Annual Review of Anthropology
* Critical Quarterly
* Cultural Anthropology
* Discourse Processes
* Genre
* Journal of American Culture
* Journal of American Ethnic History
* Journal of Anthropological Research
* Journal of Linguistic Anthropology
* Journal of Psycholinguistics
* Language in Society
* Oral Tradition
* Pragmatics
* Semiotica
* Text
* Text and Performance Quarterly

## Other Journals of Interest

* African American Review
* American Literary History
* Contemporary Literature
* Discourse
* Modern Fiction Studies
* Narrative
* New Literary History
* Novel
* Public Culture
* Representations
* Social Text

`*` There are a number of state and regional folklore journals. For readers specifically interested in Louisiana matters, I also recommend the adjacent historical journal _Louisiana History_.