Having just finished a hurdle of papers, papers, and more papers, these two quotes from Henry Watson Fowler hit home. Fowler was one of the original curators, before curating became cool. Fowler was the author of The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English and I am nerdy enough to list Fowler as one of my ideal dinner guests. (I came by the nerd life through lineage not choice).
Anyone who wishes to become a good writer should endeavour, before he allows himself to be tempted by the more showy qualities, to be direct, simple, brief, vigorous, and lucid. ~ Henry Watson Fowler, author of The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English, 1911 and A Dictionary of Modern English Usage, 1926
Prefer the familiar word to the far-fetched. Prefer the concrete word to the abstract. Prefer the single word to the circumlocution. Prefer the short word to the long. ~ Henry Watson Fowler, author of The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English, 1911 and A Dictionary of Modern English Usage, 1926
But not for me…This week, I will be writing nothing more than my name in the sand…
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My research professor just has me sold on the value of peer-reviewed journals. Today I learned about a peer-reviewed journal for the internet. It is called “First Monday.” It is published through the University of Illinois at Chicago University Library. This link for First Monday is http://journals.uic.edu/ojs/index.php/fm/index
Here is how the First Monday website describes its mission:
First Monday is one of the first openly accessible, peer–reviewed journals on the Internet, solely devoted to the Internet. Since its start in May 1996, First Monday has published 1,361 papers in 215 issues, written by 1,850 different authors. In addition, 12 special issues have appeared. The most recent special issue was entitled “Waves, Bits and Bricks: Media and The Social Production of Urban Space’” edited by Matteo Tarantino and Simone Tosoni. First Monday is indexed in Communication Abstracts, Computer & Communications Security Abstracts, DoIS, eGranary Digital Library, INSPEC, Information Science & Technology Abstracts, LISA, MLA International Bibliography, PAIS, SciVerse Scopus, and other services. First Monday’s ISSN is 1396-0466.