JHU Press Blog

Better know an editor: Erin Durban-Albrecht, managing editor, Feminist Formations

by bjs | Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 11:12 AM

Better know an editor is an occasional series where JHU Press journal editors provide a look inside the scholarly publishing process. We work with many fascinating and talented people who serve on the editorial staffs of the journals we publish. Erin Durban-Albrecht , managing editor for Feminist Formations , has agreed to serve as the first subject in this occasional series designed to showcase some of them. When she's not eyeball-deep in editing, she enjoys crocheting the streets ("yarn bombing"), bicycling, and stalking used bookstores. As a Ph.D. candidate in Gender & Women's Studies, Durban-Albrecht is also working on a dissertation about gender, sexuality, and nation in the context of Haiti and its diaspora. Q: How did you end up working for the journal? A: The editor of Feminist Formations changes every five years, and in 2011, Drs. Adela C. Licona and Sandra K. Soto became the new coeditors after submitting a successful proposal to bring the journal to the University of Arizona. The co-editors wanted an editorial team who had familiarity with current interdisciplinary feminist scholarship and a commitment to the field of gender, women's, and sexuality studies...Read More

Wild Thing: What's in a name?

by cmt | Thursday, July 26, 2012 - 7:00 AM

Wild Thing is an occasional series where JHU Press authors write about the flora and fauna of the natural world—from the rarest flower to the most magnificent beast. By Matt Cameron Female Carnaby's Cockatoo that has come to the nest entrance on hearing the call of her partner (Copyright - Matt Cameron).

Scientists have long known that parrots possess individually distinct contact calls, the loudest and most commonly uttered vocalization. These are akin to parrots having their own names, early evidence for which came from observations of Carnaby’s Cockatoos ( Calyptorhynchus latirostris ) . Males that had been out foraging would return to the nesting area mid-morning to feed the females, calling to announce their arrival. Tucked away inside their nest hollows, female Carnaby’s Cockatoos were able to distinguish the calls of their partner from that of other males, leaving the nest hollow and flying out to meet him. Names have some practical advantages that assist birds survive in the wild. In Carnaby’s Cockatoos, they prevent females from leaving the nest unnecessarily, reducing the exposure of their eggs to weather or predators. In parrots that stash their young in crèches...Read More

Happy Anniversary!

by bjs | Friday, July 20, 2012 - 10:18 AM

Earlier this week, the staff of the Press gathered to honor colleagues who have celebrated a special anniversary during the past fiscal year. The 21st Annual Employee Awards Ceremony provided an opportunity for managers to sing the praises of the honorees, as well as embarrass them a little bit in a few instances. We're lucky to work with great people who have contributed to the Press' long-term excellence for a number of years. We congratulate them on their milestones and thank them for all they do each and every day. And for giving us a chance to have a party on a hot Thursday afternoon! 35 Years: Patricia Smith (Journals Subscriptions) 25 Years: Natalie Garrity (Journals Subscriptions) 20 Years: Linda West (Books Design and Production), Alice Jones (HFS Customer Service), Sharon Ringgold (Information Technology), Stacey Armstead (Information Technology) 15 Years: Wilma Rosenberger (Books Design and Production), Melanie Schaffner (Project MUSE Marketing) 10 Years: Thom Maszczenski (Information Technology), Kathy Alexander (Books Marketing), Paul Peroutka (Mailroom), V. Davis (Accounting), Michael Carroll (Online Books), Kathleen Gochenour (Journals Subscriptions) 5 Years: Daniel Martin (Information Technology), John Cronin (Books Design and Production), Joanne Braverman (HFS Account Representative), Kathryn Orr (Journals Production), Linda Edmonds...Read More

JHU Press July news

by cmt | Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 10:06 AM

JHU Press Welcomes Three New Journals

The Journals Division will add three new journals to its collection later this year, announced Journals Publisher Bill Breichner. This brings the total number of journals published by the JHU Press to 78. The three new titles will be The CEA Critic: An Official Journal of the College English Association ; Classical World: A Quarterly Journal on Antiquity ; and Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies. All three journals come to the JHU Press with an established history. Leviathan is the youngest of the three, entering its 15th volume. The CEA Critic will publish its 74th volume next year while Classical World is finishing its 105th year of publishing before joining our list. Published three times a year, The CEA Critic is edited by Molly Desjardins, Jeri Kraver, and Michael Mills, all from the University of Northern Colorado. Matthew S. Santirocco from New York University serves as the editor of the quarterly Classical World . Leviathan is published three times a year with John Bryant from Hofstra University...Read More

My So-Called Definition

by cmt | Monday, July 16, 2012 - 10:33 AM

By Michele Callaghan, Manuscript Editor Years ago, when I was an undergraduate student in Buffalo, New York, I heard a TV newscast that I have never forgotten. An important figure in the history of philosophy had died, and Eyewitness News was letting us know about it. “Jean-Paul Sartre, so-called founder of existentialism, dead today, in his apartment in Paris,” was delivered in the staccato cadence and sensationalized tone those broadcasts always had. I have occasion to relive that moment when serious events are trivialized on television and when people use the term “so-called” in what I feel is the wrong way. So does the term mean “known as” or “called,” as it is used in news broadcasts and other media? Or does it imply irony or doubt, as The Chicago Manual of Style states? The jury is out. Dictionaries—both Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and the Oxford English Dictionary —give the common use as the first, or preferred, one. The OED shows the term with a hyphen as implying irony and without a hyphen as merely naming something. In American English, we don’t use a...Read More

Philology Lessons

by bjs | Monday, July 9, 2012 - 11:08 AM

As I went through interviews for my job almost four years ago, I found myself having to learn plenty of information. For instance, I had no idea what the word "philology" meant, and we had journals focused specifically on the subject. I had to expand my knowledge base. I now know that philology is the study of language in written historical resources. So I found it interesting when I recently talked with Stephen G. Nichols , one of the founding editors of our new journal Digital Philology , that a publication dedicated to historical research has taken such a modern approach in its organization and planning. Not only will the journal--which just released its inaugural issue--take advantage of technology to help spread digitized versions of artifacts discussed in its pages, but Nichols and co-founding editor Nadia Altschul (who also serves as Executive Editor for the journal) have also taken solid steps to prepare the journal for the long haul. "The people who are running this, the managing editor and some of the editorial board, are all younger scholars, some of them just two or three years away from their Ph.D." Nichols...Read More

Predicting the Tour de France

by cmt | Friday, June 29, 2012 - 8:00 AM

Guest post by John Eric Goff

Each summer, the world’s elite cyclists compete in the one race more prestigious than any other--the Tour de France . Most of us know how to ride a bike; some of us ride our bikes on a regular basis. A tiny fraction of us may even be such serious cycling enthusiasts that we’ll use vacation time to notch a couple hundred kilometers on a bicycle that could have set us back as much as five grand. Tour de France competitors are on an entirely different plane of commitment and athletic ability.

The 2012 Tour de France begins this Saturday (June 30th) in the Belgian city of Liège. For ten consecutive days, cyclists must compete on fast downhills, grueling climbs, and under a hot sun or in the face of wind and rain. By the time cyclists reach the French city of Besançon on Monday, July 9th, having just completed that day’s individual time trial, they will have traversed just over 1,625 kilometers (about 1,010 miles). Want to know the great part of that fact? When riders rest on Tuesday, July 10th - just one of two days of rest...Read More

Wild Thing: Spring showers bring summer tree seeds…

by cmt | Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 8:00 AM

Wild Thing is an occasional series where JHU Press authors write about the flora and fauna of the natural world—from the rarest flower to the most magnificent beast. Guest post by John Koprowski With the recent passage of the summer solstice, the year continues to progress and the annual cycles of animals hum along. As observers of and participants in nature, we have just started to see the productivity of spring. Juvenile squirrels have started to scurry through the forests and neighborhoods as they begin to learn the ropes that will eventually permit them to disperse to a new home. Females of some species will mate again and try to produce one more litter of offspring before the year ends. Yes, I did say before the year ends. Although barely perceptible to people in our homes with artificial lighting, daylength has begun to shorten signaling to many animals in temperate areas that time is working against them in their preparations for winter. Thinking ahead: Delmarva fox squirrel

The rain showers of the spring have permitted trees that produce large seeds such as oaks, hickories, walnuts, pines, firs, and spruce to fill those seeds...Read More

Pride and Publicity

by bjs | Monday, June 25, 2012 - 9:13 AM

As a 21 st -century Catholic, I struggle with the concept of pride as one of the seven deadly sins. Sure, I understand the Bible verses and lessons, but they're hard to reconcile in a time when children are praised for everything and adults are urged to aggressively market their successes in order to stay ahead in the workplace. Somehow, I can connect all of this to last week’s AAUP annual meeting , my first time at the congregation for the university press community (see my other blog post on this professional milestone). As I sit at my desk each day, I like to think that I come up with pretty good ideas for publicity and marketing. Sometimes people tell me they like my ideas. Sometimes I just tell myself that I came up with a new and interesting strategy. That’s a sin of pride, I guess, but it makes me feel better. Then I go to AAUP and see colleagues from other presses giving presentations, and something very strange happens. I realize that they have the same ideas that I have. They are exploring uses of new media in the same ways that I am. They...Read More

My first AAUP meeting

by bjs | Friday, June 15, 2012 - 10:04 AM

After three and a half years in the university press environment, I feel like an insider. I work in journals, but have learned a lot about the books side as well because of projects like this blog. I have deciphered the acronyms (and I know my manuscript editing friends will tell me they are not acronyms because they don't form full words, but I like calling them acronyms) and understand the challenges ahead for our part of the publishing industry. I feel like I belong. Now, I will undo all of that by venturing to my first Association of American University Presses meeting next week. That's not to say that the annual gathering—held in Chicago this year—will damage me in any way. I just know that getting together with people who have done this far longer than I have will make me realize how much more I have to learn. That's a good thing, which is why I can't wait to start the meeting. Because of scheduling issues, I couldn't make the meeting last year when it took place just a few miles from our offices in Baltimore. I felt bad because I served...Read More