Hurdles Facing New Humanities Journals

Abstract: While the barriers to international scholarly communication have never been lower, the hurdles facing any new journal seeking to gain a respectable foothold in academic institutions are rising, not falling. Among the factors most responsible for lowering barriers are the rapid spread of digital connectivity and the ease of using electronic media. Among the latest obstacles to be surmounted are sharp cuts in library budgets; the dispersal of journal identities into individual articles; and the rise of bureaucratic journal ranking systems in the humanities that use arbitrary and hidebound criteria to rate scholarly output.

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