Monthly Archives: September 2014

African Studies in the Digital Age. DisConnects?

I’m shamelessly plugging this book, not only as a contributor, but because it addresses important changes for scholarship and publishing in and relating to Africa. It begins shipping this week and was launched at the ASAUK Conference earlier in September (programme available). There’s a preview with selected contents available in Google Books (and preprints of some chapters are available […]

Open access journals less rigorous? Nobel Prize winner says no.

Many thanks to Retraction Watch for calling our attention to an interview with eLife editor-in-chief and Open Access advocate Randy Schekman, a 2013 Nobel Laureate. The interview was published in Mètode, Popular Science Journal of the University of Valencia by Lucía Sapiña and Manuel Gil. Here’s a brief exchange from the full interview: Are open-access journals less rigorous? […]

Database of African rock art images

Victoria Suzman, project cataloguer for the African rock art image project at the British Museum, posted to their blog on September 15, 2014: “Traces of the past: rock art and life in ancient North Africa.” The African rock art image project team here at the British Museum is currently cataloguing photographs of rock paintings and engravings from […]

Negative impacts of budget cuts for African Studies collections

Ruby Bell-Gam, UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library‘s Collections Coordinator; Area Studies Team Leader, and Librarian for African Studies and International Development Studies has written a thoughtful essay in the Winter 2014 issue of ASA News that clarifies the currently depressed budget environment for many Area Studies collections in the U.S. As she points out: …while the digital revolution has substantially increased […]