Folger “new media” submissions to be reviewed on Web

The Folger Shakespeare Library will conduct an “open review” of essays submitted for a special issue of Shakespeare Quarterly, themed “Shakespeare and New Media”.

For Shakespeare critics and scholars, among the most significant consequences of media change will be transformations in how we communicate about our work and publish new research. In keeping with the topic of its special issue, “Shakespeare and New Media,” Shakespeare Quarterly is conducting an experiment in open peer review which will apply only to the special issue. After the initial editorial evaluation, authors will be invited to opt into the open review process. For those who do, their essays will be posted online for public commentary and feedback by the journal’s readers. Authors may respond to this feedback before submitting their revised essays for final selection by the editors. (Authors who decline the open review and opt for a traditional review will not be penalized in the selection process.)

Source: Folger Shakespeare Library

The Library is working with MediaCommons, a digital network dedicated to promoting scholarly discourse about media studies and the digital humanities, on this project.

Deadline for “Shakespeare and New Media” essays is Jan 15, 2010. The open review period will run March 1 through May 5, 2010. The Folger recommends contacting editor contact Katherine Rowe at for information about the special issue “Shakespeare and New Media” or about Shakespeare Quarterly.

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