Betascript Publishing

Sometimes when I’m on eBay, I’ll type in a word related to my research interests, to see what’s there. When I typed in “Mandaean” today, I saw a book that I had never seen before, on the Mandaic Language, selling for $68.93, published by Betascript Publishing. A quick glance at the cover had this self-contradictory [Read More...]

Publishing Short Science Fiction

The students in my Religion and Science Fiction class this semester had as one of their assignments to write a short story. One student’s story was not only significantly longer than the others, but it seems to me to be of publishable quality. Although I am a science fiction fan, I must confess that most [Read More...]

What Is Open Access?

From the creator of PHD comics, courtesy of the Chronicle of Higher Education. I was glad to discover that there is in fact a PHD comics YouTube channel, with other cool stuff, such as this: [Read more...]

Beyond Library Walls

Today’s Indianapolis Star includes an article by Stephanie Wang on academic libraries’ move in the direction of focusing on digital resources. The article mentions me, as I spoke with Ms. Wang on the phone the other day. She had heard from our dean of libraries, whom she also interviewed for the article she was working [Read More...]

When To Cut Your Losses

Menachem Wecker has written an article for The Chronicle of Higher Education‘s “Vitae” online career hub, on when to decide to leave a job, drop a book project, or otherwise cut one’s losses and move on. Click through to read it. I get quoted in it! [Read more...]

Are E-Books Unscholarly?

I found myself feeling somewhat dismayed reading Michael E. Smith’s grumpy post about e-books at Publishing Archaeology. One of his complaints is about the inability to cite a specific page number in e-books. He asks “Is it no longer considered important that a reader be able to cite a specific page number in a book?” [Read More...]

Open Access Scholarship

I had a librarian mention to me that they had heard about a scholar whose blog got not merely quoted but responded to and interacted with in a peer-reviewed journal article. I quickly responded by saying that I know the blogger in question – Mark Goodacre, who blogged about his experience recently. Blogging is just [Read More...]


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