My, how time flies when you’re having fun.
Okay, okay, I’ll admit — trying to spot the unnecessary commas in a 36-page article isn’t fun, per se, but the breadth of knowledge and experienced gained certainly makes it seem that way.
I’m getting a bit better at catching things–I think my ‘editor’s eye’ is getting closer to 20/20–and that’s giving me more of an opportunity to actually read the articles I’m editing. In my first few weeks, it was more of a skim, in regards to the actual content, and more focus was given to trying to spot the errors. But now that I know what to look for (one of the big ones in unnecessary hyphens like ‘in the twentieth-century’ or ‘the African-Americans’), I’m able to move a bit quicker, which gives me more time to really enjoy the articles for their contribution to Florida history. This week I read an article about black Union soldiers in Florida during the Civil War, which was truly fascinating (albeit laden with syntax mistakes). I also edited our book review section, and got to learn a bit about a few different histories — the Florida Highwaymen painters, black youth and high school football in a small Florida town, and (this one’s for Holly) Florida folk music!
The biggest FHQ task this week was taking one last look at our final PDF previews of the Spring 2015 issue, set to publish this month. These final PDFs, called blue-lines, are one of our last opportunities to see the finished product. If we catch something glaring, we can let the publisher know, but fixing mistakes at this point is costly, so we only do it if necessary — a great example, we saw some hyphen issues, but that’s too little and too expensive to fix, so it’ll have to stay in.
I felt good about myself when I made a big catch — on the spine of the journal, the season said “SRINGR 2015”. Sringr? How did that happen? Maybe the publisher thought we were working on a hybrid Summer-Spring issue. Either way, it was a good thing I saw it (though I’m sure the others would have, I just had first crack at it), because it would look pretty bad to send thousands of copies to people with “Florida Historical Quarterly, Volume 93, No. 3, SRINGR 2015” on it.
Turning Homework into Conferences
In other news, I found a conference on H-Net whose theme deals with ‘the future of the field of history’, and decided to submit my research project for this internship for that conference. I cannot stand the idea of working hard on a project and only showing it to a professor — if I put in the time, it better have some legs to get to a conference.
This particular conference, at Brown University in October, is titled: “The History of the Future,” and I think my paper has a decent chance of getting accepted. If not, I’ll try it somewhere else.
Basically, I explore the efforts of regional history journals to adapt to evolutions in media consumption and coinciding shifts in publication practices. I juxtapose recent trends in publication and digitization among larger-scale, national journals with a detailed case study of Florida Historical Quarterly to answer my research questions. I’ll go ahead and paste my full application at the end of this post in case you guys want to see it.
Also, some of you may know about my dad and his wife having a baby….well, on June 17, the little guy finally entered the world. His name is Garrison Lee Hillyer (sounds like a Confederate soldier, doesn’t it?), and he is pretty dang cute. Not on my level, of course, but he’s close:
So okay, that’s it for now. I hope all the other interns are doing well! I look forward to continuing to read your blogs!
Here is my submission to the Brown conference — wish me luck! I don’t quite know how well done this submission is–I’m sure you guys can find some weaknesses–but it at least gives you an idea of what most conferences want (title, abstract, bio) in case you haven’t submitted to one yet :
Publish or Perish 2.0
Regional History Journals in the Age of Digitization
By GARRETT L. HILLYER
The phrase “publish or perish” is well known across academia, and for decades scholars have worked to publish their research, both for their own satisfaction and to satisfy the requirements of their employing institutions. For historians, publication often comes in the form of articles printed in smaller-scale, regional history journals. Current shifts in media consumption inherently stimulate evolutions in publication practices, and where larger-scale, national journals can afford—quite literally—to adapt to these shifts quickly, regional journals can struggle. Digitization is widely held to be “the wave of the future,” to borrow an ironically tired phrase, and as publishers and editors work to navigate the changing tides, a few important questions must be asked in regards to the smaller-scale operations on which many hinge their hopes of publishing research: How do changes in media consumption effect smaller-scale journals? How might differences between national and regional journals, specifically in regards to funding, available resources, and readership, limit the capabilities, and in some cases the incentive, for smaller-scale journals to digitize? Perhaps most importantly, can smaller-scale journals survive seismic shifts in publication practices and, if so, how? The following paper aims to answer these questions by juxtaposing an overview of recent trends in historic journal publication and digitization with a detailed case study of the Florida Historical Quarterly and its efforts to adapt for the future. If successful, this paper will prove relevant, informative, and vitally important for seasoned scholars and graduate students alike, regardless of their area of specialty.
Garrett Hillyer is a Master’s candidate studying history at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Garrett’s areas of interest include sport, urban, political, and cultural history. Garrett’s interest in journal publication and digitization grew during his time as a Copy Editor for the Florida Historical Quarterly, and he ultimately hopes to develop his own history journal, merging traditional academic standards with interactive digital media to satisfy demands new and old. Garrett is currently working towards completing his Master’s thesis, which explores the socioeconomic, political, and cultural impact of major league sports franchises operating in “small markets.” Ultimately, Garrett hopes to pursue a PhD in history and explore transnational cultural imperialism through sport, while continuing to involve himself with academic journals and the digital frontier.