Digital Scholarship Comes of Age

dinosaurA growing array

Vol. 12 No.1
Oct.Nov 2009

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Digital Scholarship Comes of Age
New questions about credibility, modes, and readership

A growing array

“People are experiencing the world through multiple media. That may mean we need to think about different forms of scholarship.”

“In terms of shaping scholarship, the technologist needs the scholar, and the scholar needs the technologist.”

The Evidence of Transformation
Three faculty
experiences of learning outcomes assessment

Knowledge and Application
Learning assessment in the Journalism Program

Learning to Follow the Butterfly
How dynamic learner outcomes helped me to be a better teacher

At the Heart of Learning
Assessing graduate student education in the biological sciences


All of the digital publications that originate at Emory are open access, meaning they are available free of charge through an Internet connection.

Molecular Vision
Molecular Vision is a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to molecular biology, cell biology, and the genetics of the ocular and cortical visual systems. It represents Emory's first electronic journal, dating back to October 1995. Submissions that include multimedia elements are accepted. The journal instructs authors to “write for the widest possible audience. The Molecular Vision readership is diverse. People who are not in your field will want to know if there are techniques or ideas that are applicable to their own work.”

Southern Spaces

Southern Spaces is a peer-reviewed multimedia journal devoted to exploring the real and imagined places of the American South and their connections to the wider world. Submissions are welcomed from scholars, photographers, and visual artists in a variety of areas, such as geography, regional studies, African American studies, women's studies, and LGBTQ studies. The journal's intended audience is researchers, teachers, students in and out of classrooms, library patrons, and the general public. It began publishing in February 2004.

Religion Dispatches

This daily online magazine (it is not a peer-reviewed journal) is dedicated to the analysis and understanding of religious forces in the world through diverse and progressive voices. It seeks to “exemplify a form of public scholarship and reflection that contributes to a broad conversation on religion that respects multiple voices and avoids becoming an extension of singular political interests.” The journal is aimed at audiences both in and beyond academia. It began publishing in December 2007.


This collaborative database contains records of nearly 35,000 transatlantic slaving voyages that carried more than 10 million Africans between 1514 and 1866. The interactive website also identifies more than 67,000 Africans aboard slave ships by name, age, gender, origin, and place of embarkation. Voyages allows users to create listings, tables, charts, and maps based on database searches. It debuted in December 2008.

Journal of Family Life

The peer-reviewed multimedia journal is described as “a gathering place for ideas and information addressing all aspects of American Family Life.” Submissions are encouraged from all disciplines, including psychology, family studies, religious studies, theology, anthropology, and literature. Poetry and fiction are also welcomed, as are submissions from non-academics, such as journalists, novelists, parents, and observers. It began publishing in February 2009.

Practical Matters

Through a variety of media and genres, this journal examines the study of religious practices, the field of practical theology, and the intersection of the two from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Practical Matters is an academic journal with a diverse audience and content and contains both peer-reviewed and non-peer-reviewed material. The journal encourages submissions about diverse religious traditions from those both inside and outside academia. It began publishing in spring 2009.

Methodist Review

Sponsored in part by the Candler School of Theology, this peer-reviewed journal publishes scholarly text articles about all eras of Wesleyan and Methodist studies. It welcomes submissions about biblical, theological, philosophical, historical, social-scientific, biographical, ethical, and practical topics and methodologies. It began publishing in 2009.

Other Resources
Current Models of Digital Scholarly Communication
Results of an Investigation by Ithaka for the Association of Research Libraries

Directory of Open Access Journals

“Tenure in the Digital Era”

(Inside Higher Education, May 26, 2009)

The Evaluation of Digital Work
(Modern Language Association Guidelines)