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Places to Publish Open-Access in Classics and Related Areas

March 14, 2013

The following was begun during an informal morning coffee with a group of Hellenic Studies librarians. Special thanks go to Elli Mylonas and Colin McCaffrey, who were seated on either side of me, but others contributed, and of course I am responsible for any errors in what follows. If there are omissions, please comment or email me at phoebe.acheson at so I can add to the lists that follow!

Need a Refresher on What Open Access Is?

Fairly Traditional Monographs

The following are publishing monographs and making digital access of some kind available for free to all; in many cases print books may also be purchased and/or printed on demand.

Journal Articles

  • Directory of Open Access Journals This site allows browsing for open-access titles that use peer review by discipline (look under Arts and Architecture, Languages and Literatures, History and Archaeology, or other headings depending on your subfield).
  • Ancient World Online: List of Open-Access Journals in Ancient Studies This list is extremely comprehensive and includes many items not in the DOAJ, above, but many are not peer-reviewed and others are titles that have put back issues online open-access but are not publishing current issues in that format. With these caveats, a journal on this list might be the right one for your publishing needs.
  • ISAW Papers I am highlighting this specific project (title? series?) because it is at the forefront of technology for publishing born-digital articles (highly linked, linked open data friendly, etc.)

Pre-Prints, Working Papers, and Self-Archiving

In many fields, pre-prints or “working” versions of papers that have not yet been formally published are routinely circulated and deposited online in open access repositories. This is not yet common in Classics, but certainly could become more so.

Self-Archiving is the process of  making ones own published work available open-access online. It can be done in a variety of ways and places:

  • An Institutional Repository (sometimes called a Digital Library or Repository; example: DukeSpace) at your institution (ask your liaison librarian!)
  • Scribd as above
  • (which now requires readers to have a free account to access your papers)
  • Your own personal or departmental web site or blog
  • In archaeology, Propylaeum-DOK from the University of Heidelberg Library is a subject-specific repository accepting papers from scholars all over the world.

The big issue with self-archiving is making sure you have the right to do so under the contract you signed with the original publisher of your work.  These contracts can be negotiated.  Here’s an account by librarian Micah Vandegrift detailing his recent negotiation about self-archiving. If your library has a Scholarly Communications office (example: Duke Scholarly Communications), they may also be able to give you advice on this process.

I welcome your comments with further thoughts about specific venues to publish open-access or other ways in which to freely disseminate scholarly information online.


Library-Related Presentations at LAWDI

June 6, 2012

LAWDI was set up with half-hour presentations by ‘faculty,’ and 15-minute presentations by the rest of the attendees.  Links to slides for all presentations that used them are being collected here.  In this post I discuss those presentations most relevant to librarians and the issues they love best (bibliographic citation, authority control, scholarly publishing) as well as recapping my own presentation.

Friday we began with a talk by Chuck Jones of the ISAW Library (links he discussed collected at AWOL) and then a powerhouse tour of library linked data and metadata issues by Corey Harper of NYU’s Bobst Library.  His slides are here.   (For librarians wanting to get up to speed or keep up to date on the issues Corey covers I also strongly recommend following the blog of Ed Summers of the Library of Congress, Half of what I know about linked open data I learned there.)

So, I had a tough act to follow; I think I actually said, “And now for something completely different.”  First I described the goals of and demonstrated the Ancient World Open Bibliographies. Its origins are covered in a post titled “The Beginning” at that blog, and you can follow the links to the Wiki and Zotero library for the project yourself. In the context of LAWDI, it was important to note that Zotero allows the export of bibliographic citations automatically marked up using the Bibo (Bibliographic ontology) vocabulary, so keeping bibliographies there gives you a leg up on becoming part of the linked open data world.  I also demonstrated an online bibliography on Evagrius Ponticus by Joel Kalvesmaki of Dumbarton Oaks as example of what can be done with a bibliography based in Zotero, but presented as an inherent part of a digital project.

The second point I wanted to make was that bibliographic information is linked open data friendly.  (Libraries have worked hard to make it so!) Library catalogs are structured data files on books, and while the current structure is out of date, we’re working on that (see Corey Harper’s talk). Most books have a standard number that represents them: an ISBN, an OCLC number (accession number into the OCLC catalog, now online as WorldCat) or a Library of Congress Control Number (LCCN).  Many books have all three!  Articles, book chapters, or other things  scholars want to cite are more problematic.  Many journal publishers now use DOIs (digital object identifiers) for specific articles, but these have not been universally adopted. I demonstrated the DOI resolver at (which also lets you create stable URIs for DOIs; I’ll cover this in more explicit detail in a future post.)

My third point was to try to think more broadly about how existing open-access online bibliographic indexes for ancient studies could move in the direction of being linked open data compliant.  At 8am the morning I spoke, without any prompting from me, Tom Elliott posted a manifesto on this same topic at his blog: Ancient Studies Needs Open Bibliographic Data and Associated URIs. So, let me say, what he said, and amen.

Saturday we had two talks that were very exciting to me as a librarian, even though they were actually about scholarly publishing. Sebastian Heath of ISAW talked (without slides I think) about publishing the ISAW Papers series using linked open data principles.  Andrew Reinhard of the American School of Classical Studies (ASCSA) publications office brought forward one of the more resonant metaphors of the conference, that the current scholarly publishing enterprise is essentially steampunk, 21st century work with 19th century models. (This got retweeted a lot!) He was bursting with ways ASCSA plans to change this. Slides are here.

Next up: my recommendations on choosing good links for bibliographic stuff.

Previous post here on LAWDI:


JStor Opens Free Access to Early Journal Content

September 12, 2011

First, briefly, my apologies for limited blogging lately, and I know I am now behind on the acquisitions list for the UGA library – I have it penciled in for next week!  Lots going on around here.

Since I blogged about the Aaron Swarz/MIT/Jstor downloading foofaraw here, I was very interested to see the announcement by Jstor last week that they are making out-of-copyright works they host available to all.  They explicitly address the Swarz incident in the news release, noting that this project was underway before that occurrence.

What does it mean for access?

…today, we are making journal content on JSTOR published prior to 1923 in the United States and prior to 1870 elsewhere, freely available to the public for reading and downloading. This includes nearly 500,000 articles from more than 200 journals, representing approximately 6% of the total content on JSTOR.

Further, they are exploring various models for individuals unaffiliated with Jstor-subscribing institutions to get access to other content via Jstor as a bundle (as opposed to a per-article fee).  Since this probably requires a lot of individual negotiations with publishers, it may take some time, but it’s a step forward.  Go Team Jstor.


UGA Libraries Classics-Related Acquisitions: July 2011

August 9, 2011

In the five weeks since my last post on this topic, the UGA Libraries added 5395  items to the Main Library collection.

I realize I’ve never mentioned that the “New Titles” interface of the UGA library catalog is open to the public, with keyword searching possible, and results that can be sorted by call number, author, or title.

Works of interest to those in Classics and related fields include the following (in LC call number order); as always, the boundaries for inclusion at the fringes of the discipline are somewhat arbitrary, depending on what struck me as interesting this month!

  • Apelles von Kolophon: das Telephosbild aus Herculanum im antiken und modernen Kunsturteil, Andreae, Bernard.
    Location: Main Library 2nd floor AS182 .M232 2011 no.2
  • Ancient Greek philosophy: from the Presocratics to the Hellenistic philosophers, Blackson, Thomas A.
    Location: Main Library 6th floor B171 .B53 2011
  • Parmenides, Plato, and mortal philosophy: return from transcendence, Adluri, Vishwa.
    Location: Main Library 6th floor B235.P24 A34 2011
  • Techne in Aristotle’s Ethics: crafting the moral life, Angier, Tom P. S.
    Location: Main Library 6th floor B430 .A927 2010
  • Ancient oracles: making the gods speak, Stoneman, Richard.
    Location: Main Library 6th floor BF1765 .S76 2011
  • Monotheism between pagans and Christians in late antiquity
    Location: Main Library 6th floor BL221 .M66 2010
  • Coping with the gods: wayward readings in Greek theology, Versnel, H. S.
    Location: Main Library 6th floor BL783 .V47 2011
  • Paysage et religion en Grece antique : melanges offerts a Madeleine Jost
    Location: Main Library 6th floor BL790 .P39 2010
  • Archaeology of sanctuaries and ritual in Etruria
    Location: Main Library 6th floor BL813.E8 A734 2011
  • Church, cities, and people: a study of the plebs in the church and cities of Roman Africa in late antiquity, Evers, Alexander Wilhelmus Henricus, 1970-
    Location: Main Library 6th floor BR190 .E94 2010
  • Ambrose and John Chrysostom: clerics between desert and empire, Liebeschuetz, J. H. W. G. (John Hugo Wolfgang Gideon)
    Location: Main Library 6th floor BR1710 .L54 2011
  • Codex Sinaiticus: the story of the world’s oldest bible, Parker, D. C. (David C.)
    Location: Main Library 6th floor BS64.S5 P37 2010
  • Common written Greek source for Mark and Thomas, Horman, John, 1940-
    Location: Main Library 6th floor BS2585.52 .H67 2011
  • Technology and science in ancient civilizations, Olson, Richard, 1940-
    Location: Main Library 2nd floor CB311 .O46 2010
  • Social bioarchaeology
    Location: Main Library 2nd floor CC79.5.H85 S634 2011
  • Nicopolis d’Epiro: nuovi studi sulla zecca e sulla produzione monetale, Calomino, Dario.
    Location: Main Library 2nd floor Folio CJ479.N55 C35 2011
  • Vie, mort et poesie dans l’Afrique romaine: d’apres un choix de Carmina Latina epigraphica, Hamdoune, Christine.
    Location: Main Library 2nd floor CN715 .H35 2011
  • Western time of ancient history: historiographical encounters with the Greek and Roman pasts
    Location: Main Library 4th floor D16.8 .W398 2011
  • Late antiquity: a very short introduction, Clark, Gillian (E. Gillian)
    Location: Main Library 4th floor D57 .C53 2011
  • Roman Britain: life at the edge of empire, Hobbs, Richard, 1969-
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DA145 .H59 2010
  • Haltonchesters: excavations directed by J.P. Gillam at the Roman fort, 1960-61, Dore, John, 1951-2008.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor Folio DA147.N67 D67 2010
  • Intailles et camees de l’epoque romaine en Gaule (territoire francais), Guiraud, Helene.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DC63 .G87 2008
  • SOMA 2009: proceedings of the XIII Symposium on Mediterranean Archaeology, Selcuk University of Konya, Turkey, 23-24 April 2009 Symposium on Mediterranean Archaeology (13th : 2009 : Selcuk University of Konya, Turkey)
    Location: Main Library 4th floor Folio DE60 .S96 2009
  • LRCW3: late Roman coarse wares, cooking wares and amphorae in the Mediterranean: archaeology and archaeometry: comparison between western and eastern Mediterranean International Conference on Late Roman Coarse Wares (3rd : 2008 : Parma, Italy and Pisa, Italy)
    Location: Main Library 4th floor Folio DE61.P66 I67 2008
  • Archaeology of the Hellenistic far east: a survey, Mairs, Rachel.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor Folio DF77 .M325 2011
  • Tra Roma e Costantinopoli: ellenismo, Oriente, cristianesimo nella tarda antichita: saggi scelti, Mazza, Mario, 1935-
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DF77 .M39 2009
  • Cruelty and sentimentality: Greek attitudes to animals, 600-300 BC, Calder, Louise, 1967-
    Location: Main Library 4th floor Folio DF78 .C25 2011
  • Huile et l’argent: [gymnasiarchie et evergetisme dans la Grece hellenistique] : actes du colloque tenu a Fribourg du 13 au 15 octobre 2005, publies en l’honneur du professeur Marcel Pierart a l’occasion de son 60eme anniversaire
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DF217 .H84 2005
  • Funerary landscape at Knossos: a diachronic study of Minoan burial customs with special reference to the warrior graves, Miller, Madelaine.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor Folio DF221.C8 M45 2011
  • Minoans in the central, eastern and northern Aegean: new evidence: acts of a Minoan Seminar 22-23 January 2005 in collaboration with the Danish Institute at Athens and the German Archaeological Institute at Athens
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DF221.C8 M55 2009
  • Greek world : 479-323 BC, 4th ed., Hornblower, Simon.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DF227 .H67 2011
  • Song of wrath: the Peloponnesian War begins, Lendon, J. E.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DF229 .L46 2010
  • Landmark Arrian: the campaigns of Alexander; Anabasis Alexandrou: a new translation, 1st ed., Arrian.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DF234 .A77313 2010
  • Spartans: a new history, Kennell, Nigel M.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DF261.S8 K45 2010
  • Athenian Agora: site guide, 5th ed., Camp, John McK.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DF287.A23 C36 2010
  • Edinburgh history of the Greeks. C. 500 to 1050, the early Middle Ages., Curta, Florin.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DF553 .C87 2011
  • History of Greece, Doumanis, Nicholas, 1964-
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DF757 .D68 2010
  • Antichi popoli della Campania: archeologia e storia, 1a ed., Cerchiai, Luca.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DG55.C3 C469 2010
  • Between Satricum and Antium: settlement dynamics in a coastal landscape in Latium Vetus
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DG55.N48 B48 2011
  • Aurelian wall and the refashioning of Imperial Rome, A.D. 271-855, Dey, Hendrik W., 1976-
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DG67 .D49 2011
  • Resurrecting Pompeii, Lazer, Estelle.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DG70.P7 L39 2008
  • Terventum: carta archeologica della media valle del Trigno, Fratianni, Gerardo.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DG70.T774 F738 2010
  • Popular culture in ancient Rome, Toner, J. P.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DG78 .T66 2009
  • Children in the Roman Empire: outsiders within, Laes, Christian.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DG91 .L3413 2011
  • Etat et societe aux deux derniers siecles de la republique romaine: hommage a Francois Hinard
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DG241 .E83 2010
  • Whispering city: modern Rome and its histories, Bosworth, R. J. B.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DG809 .B67 2011
  • Rome across time and space: cultural transmission and the exchange of ideas, c. 500-1400
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DG811 .R66 2011
  • Espaces et societes a l’epoque romaine: entre Garonne et Ebre: actes de la table ronde de Pau, 26-27 janvier 2007: hommage a Georges Fabre
    Location: Main Library 4th floor Folio DP94 .E84 2009
  • Societies in transition: evolutionary processes in the Northern Levant between late Bronze Age II and early Iron Age: papers presented on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the new excavation in Tell Afis: Bologna, 15th November, 2007
    Location: Main Library 4th floor Folio DS41.5 .S62 2010
  • From pots to people: a ceramic approach to the archaeological interpretation of ploughsoil assemblages in late Roman Cyprus, Winther-Jacobson, Kristina,
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DS54.3 .W57 2010
  • Roman temple complex at Horvat Omrit: an interim report
    Location: Main Library 4th floor Folio DS111 .R68 2011
  • From Nabataea to Roman Arabia: acquisition or conquest, Al-Otaibi, Fahad Mutlaq.
    Location: Main Library 4th floor Folio DS154.22 .A4 2011
  • Carthage must be destroyed: the rise and fall of an ancient Mediterranean civilization, Miles, Richard, 1969-
    Location: Main Library 4th floor DT269.C35 M55 2010
  • Spectacle in the Roman world, Dodge, Hazel.
    Location: Main Library 2nd floor GV31 .D64 2011
  • Speeches from Athenian law, 1st ed.
    Location: Main Library 2nd floor K181 .S68 2011
  • Wars of the Romans: a critical edition and translation of De Armis Romanis, Critical ed., Gentili, Alberico, 1552-1608.
    Location: Main Library 2nd floor KZ6385 .G458 2011
  • Spread of the Roman domus-type in Gaul, Timar, Lorinc.
    Location: Main Library 7th floor Folio NA335.G38 T56 2011
  • Ara pacis Augustae, 1. ed., Bordignon, Giulia.
    Location: Main Library 7th floor NB133 .B67 2010
  • Life, death and representation: some new work on Roman sarcophagi
    Location: Main Library 7th floor NB1810 .L47 2011
  • Souveni : l’industria dell’antico e il grand tour a Roma, 1. ed., Pinelli, Antonio, 1943-
    Location: Main Library 7th floor NK600 .P56 2010
  • Crete in transition: pottery styles and island history in the archaic and classical periods, Erickson, Brice L.
    Location: Main Library 7th floor NK3840 .E75 2010
  • Pottery production, distribution and consumption in early Minoan west Crete: an analytical perspective Nodarou, Eleni.
    Location: Main Library 7th floor Folio NK3843 .N68 2011
  • Comercio de terra sigillata altoimperial en el circulo del estrecho: balance historiografico y lineas de investigacion, Bustamante Alvarez, Macarena.
    Location: Main Library 7th floor Folio NK3850 .B87 2010
  • World of Greek vases
    Location: Main Library 7th floor Folio NK4645 .W68 2009
  • History of the study of south Italian black- and red-figure pottery, Higginson, Ronald.
    Location: Main Library 7th floor Folio NK4648 .H54 2011
  • Roman cameo glass in the British Museum
    Location: Main Library 7th floor Folio NK5439.C33 R66 2010
  • From scholars to scholia: chapters in the history of ancient Greek scholarship
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA53 .F76 2011
  • Greek: a language in evolution: essays in honour of Antonios N. Jannaris
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA227 .G74 2010
  • Ancient scholarship and grammar: archetypes, concepts and contexts
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA251 .A63 2011
  • Latin linguistics today: Akten des 15. internationalen Kolloquiums zur Lateinischen Linguistik, Innsbruck, 4.-9. April 2009 International Colloquium on Latin Linguistics (15th: 2009: Innsbruck, Austria)
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA2080 .I5 2009
  • Saggi di commento a testi greci e latini
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA3003 .S24 2008
  • Wahl des Lebens in der antiken Literatur, Harbach, Andrea.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA3014.C55 H37 2010
  • Bellator equus, 1. ed., Sestili, Antonio.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA3015.N4 H6 2010
  • Macht der Rede: eine kleine Geschichte der Rhetorik im alten Griechenland und Rom, Stroh, Wilfried.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA3038 .S87 2009
  • Rhetoric and centers of power in the Greco-Roman world: from Homer to the fall of Rome, Tapia, John E., 1950-
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA3038 .T37 2009
  • Perceptions of the Second Sophistic and its times
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA3086 .P47 2011
  • Birth of comedy: texts, documents, and art from Athenian comic competitions, 486-280
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA3161 .B57 2011
  • Narrative and identity in the ancient Greek novel: returning romance, Whitmarsh, Tim.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA3267 .W55 2011
  • Late antique Greek papyri in the collection of the Friedrich-Schiller-Universitat Jena (P. Jena II)
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA3300.A1 L384 2010
  • Story of the Bodmer Papyri: from the first monastery’s library in Upper Egypt to Geneva and Dublin, Robinson, James M. (James McConkey), 1924-
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA3318.C63 R63 2011
  • Liberte et esclavage chez les historiens grecs classiques, Tamiolaki, Melina, 1977-
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA3521 .T36 2010
  • Complete Aeschylus, Aeschylus.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA3827 .A2 B87 2009
  • Persians; Seven against Thebes; and, Suppliants, Aeschylus.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA3827 .A655 2011
  • Aristophanes: Sex und Spott und Politik, Holzberg, Niklas.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA3879 .H478 2010
  • Viaggio di Artemidoro: vita e avventure di un grande esploratore dell’antichita, 1. ed., Canfora, Luciano.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA3936.A23 C367 2010
  • Medea, Euripides.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA3975.M4 M67 2011
  • Hesiod’s calendar: a version of Hesiod’s Theogony and Works and days Hesiod.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA4010.E5 T5 2010
  • Kommentar des Proklos zu Hesiods “Werken und Tagen”: Edition, Ubersetzung und Erlauterung der Fragmente, Marzillo, Patrizia.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA4011.A15 P7677 2010
  • Homer encyclopedia
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA4037.A5 H58 2011
  • Momenti della ricezione omerica: poesia arcaica e teatro: giornate di studio del dottorato di ricerca in filologia, letteratura e tradizione classica, Milano 9-10 febbraio 2004
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA4037.A5 M66 2004
  • Character, narrator, and simile in the Iliad, Ready, Jonathan L., 1976-
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA4037 .R373 2011
  • Iuncturae Homericae: a study of noun-epithet combinations in the Iliad and the Odyssey, Dee, James H.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor Folio PA4209 .D44 2010
  • Pastorales de Longos (Daphnis et Chloe), Laplace, Marcelle.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA4229.L9 L36 2010
  • Shield (Aspis) and The arbitration (Epitrepontes), Menander, of Athens.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA4246 .E4 2010
  • Nosside e la poesia greca nell’Italia meridionale, Tarsiano, Franco.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA4253.N5 T37 2009
  • Oracular tales in Pausanias, Overmark Juul, Line, 1975-
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA4266 .O94 2010
  • Filostefano di Cirene: testimonianze e frammenti, Capel Badino, Roberto.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA4271.P58 C37 2010
  • Ironic defense of Socrates: Plato’s apology, Leibowitz, David, 1954-
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA4279.A8 L45 2010
  • Plutarch’s Life of Alcibiades: story, text and moralism, Verdegem, Simon.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA4369.A6 V47 2010
  • Plutarch’s lives: parallelism and purpose
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA4385 .P59 2010
  • Sophocles’ Antigone: a new translation, Sophocles.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA4414.A7 R3913 2011
  • Servitude tragique: esclaves et heros dechus dans la tragedie grecque, Serghidou, Anastasia.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA5160 .S47 2010
  • Scuola e trasmissione del sapere tra tarda antichita e Rinascimento
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6023.A2 S396 2009
  • Acting with words: communication, rhetorical performance and performative acts in Latin literature
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6029.S62 A28 2010
  • Comedy of storytelling: theatricality and narrative in Apuleius’ Golden ass, Kirichenko, Alexander.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6217 .K57 2010
  • Satires and epistles, Horace.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6396.A2 C69 2011
  • Ricerche sui Romana di Jordanes Girotti, Beatrice.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6445.J2 R634 2009
  • Metamorphose dans les Metamorphoses d’Ovide, Vial, Helene.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6519.M9 V48 2010
  • Metamorphoses: a new translation, contexts, criticism, 1st ed., Ovid, 43 B.C.-17 or 18 A.D.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6522.M2 M44 2010
  • Arbitri nugae: Petronius’ short poems in the satyrica, Setaioli, Aldo.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6559 .S48 2011
  • Silvae. book II, Statius, P. Papinius (Publius Papinius)
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6697 .A3 2011
  • Most dangerous book: Tacitus’s Germania from the Roman Empire to the Third Reich, 1st ed., Krebs, Christopher B.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6706.G4 K736 2011
  • Terenzio e i suoi nobiles: invenzione e realta di un controverso legame, Umbrico, Alessio.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6768 .U43 2010
  • Vergil’s Aeneid, books I-VI, Rev. ed., Virgil.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6802.A1 P5 1964
  • Song exchange in Roman pastoral, Karakasis, Evangelos.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6804.B7 K37 2011
  • C.S. Lewis’s lost Aeneid: arms and the exile
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6807.A5 L42 2011
  • Iuvenalis docet: le citazioni di Giovenale nel commento di Servio, Monno, Olga.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6825 .M56 2009
  • Vestigia Vergiliana: Vergil-Rezeption in der Neuzeit
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PA6825 .V467 2010
  • Gospel ‘according to Homer and Virgil’: cento and canon, Sandnes, Karl Olav, 1954-
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PN1077 .S195 2011
  • Ethics of empire in the saga of Alexander the Great: a study based on MS AM 519a 4to, Ashurst, David.
    Location: Main Library 3rd floor PT7296.A37 A84 2009
  • Apollodorus Mechanicus, Siege-matters = Poliorketika, Apollodorus, of Damascus, 1st/2nd cent.
    Location: Main Library 2nd floor U873 .A713 2010
  • Ship iconography in mosaics: an aid to understanding ancient ships and their construction, Friedman, Zaraza.
    Location: Main Library 2nd floor Folio VM16 .F75 2011
  • Paleografia latina: l’avventura grafica del mondo occidentale, Cherubini, Paolo.
    Location: Main Library 2nd floor Main Z114 .C52 2010

Scholarly Journals in the News…

July 20, 2011

My Twitter feed broke out in a tizzy yesterday at the news that Aaron Swarz was charged with breaking into a wiring closet at MIT (with which he was not affiliated; during the incident he was employed as a Fellow at the Harvard Center for Ethics [!]) while wearing a bike helmet over his face, and using a personal laptop to download some 4 million articles from Jstor.  Jstor issued a statement about the case, emphasizing that they had not asked for the prosecution, and they do have a service to allow scholars to work with large corpora of articles, if they ask permission first. Demand Progress, an advocacy organization with which Swarz has been affiliated, also released a statement, describing the charges as “bizarre” and arguing that Swarz was being prosecuted for the equivalent of “checking too many books out of the library.”

Usually when my Twitter people are in a tizzy about something they agree with one another, but yesterday they were quite divided – some saw this as a case of advocacy for academic freedom on the internet, and some saw this as a straightforward illegal act (whether or not it should be a matter of criminal charges).  Comments on articles in the New York Times and Wired were similarly variable – and one thing that struck me was the level of ignorance about Jstor from many, especially those in the computing community.  The first 10 comments on the Wired article mostly simply ask, “What is Jstor, and why should we care about this?” Ah, the academic bubble we live in!

Some important questions are being brought forward, and I think it is healthy for the “information on the internet should be free” and the “in the real world, we agree to licensing agreements and violating them is bad” camps to engage with one another.  Jstor is a wonderful service, but it is an expensive one (prices are here); it’s a not-for-profit, but one commenter alleges that more than 10 of its employees have salaries over $250,000 (are they hiring? do they want me?!?).  Should Jstor do more to make its materials accessible to the public? What about the things in Jstor that are out of copyright due to age?

Barbara Fister manages to pull the Swarz incident into her current post, titled “Breaking News: Academic Journals Are Really Expensive!”  If you’re a librarian reading this, you probably know all about the crisis in scholarly publishing; if you’re a student or a faculty member and don’t know, you should find out, because this is a big issue that directly relates to your career.  Looking at article comments, and the current Twitter search for Jstor, can give you a fascinating glimpse at others’ worldviews (whatever yours might be.) As for mine, I find myself in agreement with the comments by Peter Suber in 2008, on an Open Access manifesto apparently written by Swarz.


Open Access Journal Projects at Duke and UGA

June 9, 2011

This morning I learned from my former Duke colleague, Digital Strategist Paolo Mangiafico (@paoloman) that the Duke Libraries and the editors of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies have taken that journal open-access, using the Open Journal Systems software.  A couple of hours later, along came notice from current colleague Andy Carter (@cartandy) that the first open-access issue of the Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement is live. This is a journal (although obviously not one about Classics!) hosted by the UGA  Library, also using Open Journal Systems.

I first learned about OJS in a session on open-access journals at THATCamp SE in Atlanta in March. It’s great to see scholarly journals, especially a fairly prominent journal in Classics, moving to open-access in general, and especially heartening for me to see the fruitful collaborations between university libraries and the editors of scholarly journals on campus.  At Duke, the close relationship between Classics and the Libraries is longstanding (all those papyri!).  A press release on the new open-access journals at Duke closes with a heartening quote from Joshua D. Sosin:

The Duke Libraries and the Department of Classical Studies have long collaborated to provide free, web-based access to some of the University’s most ancient materials. We are thrilled to be able to extend that partnership to scholarly research. Socrates famously did not accept fees; this piece of critical infrastructure allows us to do the same!

Do you work on a scholarly journal? If you’re thinking at all about open-access journal publishing, do talk to your university library – they may be the partner who can make it work.