JHU Press Blog

Trust in Peer Review

by jdm | Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 1:05 PM

by Robin W. Coleman Trust is at the core of scholarly endeavor, of how we communicate scholarship, and it’s also at the heart of public health. Now, more than ever, we can draw straight lines between all of these. As the editor for Public Health at Johns Hopkins University Press I’m in a good position to see how trust is both a tool and an aim of work across fields. It would be easy, for Peer Review Week (September 21 to 25, 2020), to point out that most public health publishing takes place in peer-reviewed journals and books, and therefore we know it’s reliable. But these days the connection between peer review, trust, and our day-to-day lives is outlined in neon so bright that it leaves afterimages when I close my eyes. I haven’t had an interaction with anyone outside my household in the last six months without considering public health knowledge and the trustworthiness of the evidence that’s kept me from having lunch with friends for half a year with no end in sight. Let’s look at it this way: more than 200,000 Americans have died due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and a...Read More

Women Time Travelers and the Study of Ancient Life

by eea | Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 4:00 PM

Imagine uncovering the bones of once-living animals that are millions of years old that no one has seen before, or leading an expedition to the Gobi Desert to search for dinosaurs. These are just a few of the thrilling adventures of women scientists, aka fossil bone hunters, that are told in the forthcoming book Rebels, Scholars, Explorers: Women in Vertebrate Paleontology , which I co-authored with Susan Turner (Johns Hopkins University Press, October 2020). Although women have made significant progress in STEM fields, they remain underrepresented, including in the field of paleontology. One-third of women earth scientists are paleontologists with 17% of those specializing in vertebrate paleontology, the study of backboned animals from the earliest fish and their relatives to humans . Two decades after the largest professional organization of vertebrate paleontologists—the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP)—was founded in 1940, women made up less than 10% of the membership. Now, women SVP members comprise 36% with the greatest growth among student members. Despite this growth, less than 25% of members of the society have jobs as curators or professors. Change has been slow and for many years paleontology was mostly a “boys’ club.” As a...Read More

Achieving Health for All: Primary Health Care in Action

by eea | Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 4:00 PM

What makes a person healthy? Before 2020, most people in high-income countries would have said: good personal choices and good health insurance. After 2020, people everywhere—rich and poor alike—realize that their own good choices were not enough. Now, the answer to being healthy obviously includes the public health choices of everyone in the places that we live. In the new book, Achieving Health for All , which we edited for the JHU Press, we emphasize that this 2020 global epiphany is actually déjà vu. In 1978, the public health choices in communities became the central concern of a global UN conference held in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan. Delegates rallied around the term “comprehensive Primary Health Care” which was described further in the Declaration of Alma-Ata as, “essential care based on practical, scientifically sound and socially acceptable methods and technology made universally accessible to individuals and families in the community through their full participation and at a cost that the community and country can afford to maintain at every stage of their development in the spirit of self-reliance and self-determination. ” 1 The Declaration included the goal of “health for all by the year 2000” centering on the need for...Read More

Eisenhower: Becoming the Leader of the Free World

by eea | Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The pandemic has wiped out our social lives and the approaching election is dominating our political awareness. Dire straits for some of us. But an opportune time to start thinking seriously about what you really, truly want our presidents to be and to do for you, for America, and for the world. With that in mind, the Johns Hopkins University Press has released a paperback version of Eisenhower: Becoming the Leader of the Free World . This is a short (218 pages of text) study of Ike’s development and careers as a military and political leader. Although he led in both war and peace, this is not like the famous book with that title, a massive tome that has produced more guilt than entertainment for generations of beach-bound Americans. You can finish Eisenhower in a couple of evenings and find yourself better positioned intellectually to make your vital decisions in early November. What you will see in action is a President who started his political career by deciding what the most important problems facing the nation were in 1953 and what the nation’s long-term goals should be. This was not as easy as it sounds. Why?...Read More

Becoming a Wildlife Professional

by eea | Tuesday, September 1, 2020 - 4:00 PM

The origin of Becoming a Wildlife Professional was conceived after 20 years of experience teaching introductory wildlife ecology to freshmen university students. During the first class of each new semester, students are asked what wildlife career they desire. There are literally hundreds of potential careers a person can obtain with a BS degree in wildlife ecology and management. Nonetheless, students typically reply with only two answers – a game warden or a manager of a wildlife game ranch. Incoming university students are unaware of the variety of career options available to them within the wildlife field. Furthermore, graduate students in wildlife programs are often not aware of the variety of jobs available to them in the wildlife profession. For example, last semester at the University of Montana, we had a special graduate seminar that introduced graduate students to the numerous types of jobs available. Quite simply, there are many students that are not well informed about the opportunities available to them. Unfortunately, high school career counselors seem to be equally unaware of potential wildlife-related careers and often provide limited advice to interested students. For example, we have asked several high school counselors what career they would suggest...Read More

¡Celebremos! A JHUP Journals Hispanic Heritage month reading list

by may | Monday, August 31, 2020 - 1:48 PM

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. This is a time to celebrate the culture, history, and contributions of Americans whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

The observation was born in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson, and was expanded in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.

The celebration starting day of September 15 is significant, because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. The period is also a nod to those from Mexico and Chile, which celebrate their independence on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.

From public health to literature, religion to colonial history, here is a sampling of just a few of the many JHUP Journal articles that examine the Hispanic American experience from many different lenses.

The Lens of Latinx Literature Marilisa Jiménez García Children's Literature , Volume 47, 2019

The Queer Migrant Poemics of #Latinx Instagram Urayoán Noel New Literary History , Volume...Read More

Collected Blog Series: Well-Being in the Age of COVID-19

by eea | Monday, August 3, 2020 - 3:00 PM

At the beginning of the 2020 coronavirus crisis, we reached out to Johns Hopkins University Press authors – experts in fields of health and wellness – for their advice on how to weather this unprecedented storm. We happily received, read through, and published the submissions that came in, and we welcome you to explore them as well. Topics covered include mental health, the future of international travel, physical wellness, and much more. The entire series, “Wellbeing in the Age of COVID-19,” is free to read via the links below: “Dementia-Aware” Support for Family and Professional Caregivers Through the COVID-19 Pandemic – By Laura Wayman https://www.press.jhu.edu/news/blog/%E2%80%9Cdementia-aware%E2%80%9D-support-family-and-professional-caregivers-through-covid-19-pandemic How Will International Travel Change After the Coronavirus Pandemic? – By Charles E. Davis, M.D. https://www.press.jhu.edu/news/blog/how-will-international-travel-change-after-coronavirus-pandemic The “Hidden Pandemic” - The Psychological Impact of COVID-19 – By George S. Everly, Jr., PhD, ABPP https://www.press.jhu.edu/news/blog/%E2%80%9Chidden-pandemic%E2%80%9D-psychological-impact-covid-19 Coping with Behavioral Addictions During COVID-19 – By Jon E. Grant, JD, MD, MPH https://www.press.jhu.edu/news/blog/coping-behavioral-addictions-during-covid-19 Helping Older Individuals Manage Anxiety and Depression during the COVID-19 Crisis – By ...Read More

Can We Taste The Past?

by may | Monday, July 27, 2020 - 1:06 PM

Antique Cookbook

Published by the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies (ASECS), Studies in Eighteenth-Century Culture (SECC) is an annual, peer-reviewed volume devoted to publishing revised and expanded versions of scholarship first presented at the national and regional meetings of ASECS and its affiliate societies. SECC features articles that chart out new directions for research on eighteenth-century culture and reflects the wide range of disciplinary interests that characterize eighteenth-century studies.

The 2019 volume of Studies in Eighteenth Century Culture includes David S. Shields’ paper What Remains of the Flavors of the Eighteenth Century? , which investigates the history of rare varieties of fruits and vegetables that have remained genetically intact over centuries and across continents. JHU Press is grateful to have been able to ask Mr. Shields about his work researching, restoring, and cultivating these nearly-vanished varietals.

How did this article come about? How did you choose SECC to publish?

At every annual meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth Century Studies a scholar is nominated to deliver a plenary lecture on a topic that might interest the broad membership of this multidisciplinary association. It...Read More

Rheumatoid Arthritis and COVID-19

by eea | Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 4:00 PM

By Tammi L. Shlotzhauer, M.D. These are alarming times for everyone. If you have Rheumatoid Arthritis, there are some additional concerns. With RA, as well as other autoimmune diseases, your immune system responds differently to triggers in our environment. As yet, we do not know how the new coronavirus will affect your immune system with RA. We do know that RA patients, in general, are at higher risk for infections and complications of infections. In addition, many people with RA are on medications intended to regulate an “overactive” immune system by suppressing it, thereby controlling the symptoms of RA. However, in that process, other important protective parts of the immune system are not functioning normally. This weakening of the immune system makes you at risk for a more severe infection if contracted. You may not consider yourself compromised given that with our effective RA medications, you may be functioning quite normally in this world. In addition, your suppressed immune system is invisible to friends, family, and employers. So, the following represents some advice for the special case of RA in this pandemic. Stay Home as much as possible Because you have a chronic condition and possibly are on immune-suppressing medications,...Read More

How to Successfully Share Coronavirus Information with an Individual with Dementia Symptoms

by eea | Friday, July 17, 2020 - 4:00 PM

By Laura Wayman Whether you are a family caregiver or a professional care provider, it is important to remain adaptable with your care approach to successfully manage dementia symptoms and behaviors. A caregiver who is “dementia-aware” is one who remains open to continuing education. Now, in the midst of this coronavirus crisis and all of the challenges it brings to you the caregiver, more than ever this is a time to help the one(s) being cared for by using dementia-aware communication strategies, remaining sensitive to the fact that all of the emotions and feelings remain. Dementia-aware communication has less to do with your words than it has to do with the feelings you project. Let’s first transform our perception of dementia and why it is necessary to change our communication and approach to better connect with the individual with dementia symptoms. Dementia is not a specific disease. It's an overall term that describes a group of symptoms associated with a decline in thinking skills severe enough to reduce a person's ability to perform everyday activities. What is behind these dementia symptoms? Our brains are always trying to make sense of things, to impose order on all the information we are...Read More