Feb 13 2008

About PDQ

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Note: The image right is purely for test purposes. It will be replaced by the cover for Vol 1.1 once it goes live.

Download PDQPDQ is a publication designed to provide a bridge between blogging and academia. It will provide stable citeable references for selected weblog posts focussed upon or of interest to the pre-Renaissance past. It is compiled from articles submitted by bloggers on a quarterly basis. The journal is available in three formats. There is a PDF downloadable copy for free. There is a paper copy which can be ordered via Lulu, which is set to the cost of printing and delivery only. Finally we intend that the journal will also be placed in a repository for long-term curation. Until the details are finalised it will be available in XHTML format from a server based at NYU’s Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.

PDQ is released under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence, making it freely copyable.

We are looking for submissions on any medieval / ancient / prehistoric topics from bloggers which fall into the categories below. Additionally each edition has a theme which we welcome submissions from historians and archaeologists of any period to contribute to. See the Calls for Papers for forthcoming topics. Submission deadlines are the ends of February, May, August, November.

  • Working papers. These are ideas in progress and placed for discussion and feedback. You don’t have to be an academic to write a working paper.
  • Notes. Often it isn’t possible to find a place for rapid publication of a brief note. The electronic nature of PDQ means that size is not an issue.
  • Academic Commentary. These would be articles discussing papers, book chapters or monographs elsewhere. In some ways this is similar to the Research Blogging project, but archaeologists and historians tend to have a more generous opinion of what counts as ‘peer-reviewed’.
  • Commentary about Academia. What is happening with Open Access and why should it matter? What problems or opportunities do annual assessment, or government-driven survey create?
  • Pedagogy and Public engagement. Teaching and research are not necessarily polar opposites, yet in some libraries the journals are kept firmly segregated. We would welcome articles about the teaching of history or archaeology.
  • Technologies. A long delay in publishing material on new technology available for teaching means that articles risk being obsolete in the traditional academic press. If you have something interesting happening with Flickr or Yahoo! Pipes or similar we’d like to know about it.
  • Reviews. Journals tend to review an item once. This is understandable as there are issues of space. Being electronically orientated PDQ can publish multiple opinions of the same thing. Thoughtful reviews of anything, even if its been reviewed a dozen times before should be welcome – if the reviewer is saying something new.
  • News Commentary. We’ve all seen news stories where the announcement leaves a huge unanswered question. We’ve also seen some of these stories accepted by others who may not be as familiar with the subject matter. A short commentary on the problems might have an effect on acceptance of an idea before everyone gets entrenched in their positions.

What PDQ is not is a fully peer-reviewed journal. If you have a completed academic paper that you’re looking to publish we strongly recommend publishing it in an Open Access journal.