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Author: Lynn C. Westney
Title: E-Journals - Inside and Out
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April 2008

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Lynn C. Westney

vol. 11, no. 1, April 2008
Article Type: Column

E-Journals - Inside and Out

Lynn C. Westney


Lynn C. Westney has been an academic reference librarian since 1983. She has been an Associate Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) since 1992. In this column for JAHC she disseminates selective information on the contents of freely accessible (no subscription required and/or open access) e-journals, e-newsletters, e-newspapers, electronic indexes, and other e-publications. On occasion, websites that enhance and extend these e-publications are included.

The Journal of the Association for History and Computing, JAHC, has as its focus the applications of electronic technologies into the historical profession. History is, by its very nature, an interdisciplinary profession. Historians must be open and receptive to the ideas presented in all disciplines if they are to present, as accurately as possible, history from all its diverse perspectives. Thus, an additional purpose of this column is to present to the readers of JAHC the issues, controversies, and trends which are impacting interdisciplinary and international research within history, computing, and allied disciplines as evidenced within current electronic publications.

Commentary and queries should be addressed to


The Directory of Open Access Journals

The purpose of the Directory of Open Access Journals is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The Directory aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. All languages and subjects are included in the 3,304 journals currently in the Directory of which 1,071 journals are searchable at the article level.

Open access journals are defined as journals that use a funding model that does not charge readers or their institutions for access. From the Budapest Open Access Initiative BOAI definition of "open access" we take the right of users to "read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles" as mandatory for a journal to be included in the directory. To be included journals must exercise peer-review or editorial quality control. Research journals must report primary results of research or overviews of research results to a scholarly community. The directory is searchable by journal title and subject.


Entries are listed in alphabetical order by title within each section


BES (British Epigraphy Society) News

The British Epigraphy Society exists to support and encourage the study of Greek, Roman and other inscriptions, texts and historical documents. The newsletter contains information on the Society and its activities, as well as serving as a forum for disseminating news of the latest developments in epigraphic studies, in Britain and around the world. Available in PDF.

Number 18, Autumn 2008

Backdirt: the Annual Review of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology

The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA is a research unit at the University of California, Los Angeles that promotes the comprehensive and interdisciplinary study of the human past. Established in 1973, the Institute is a unique resource that provides an opportunity for faculty, staff, graduate students, research associates, volunteers and the general public to gather together in their explorations of ancient human societies. The Institute researchers work throughout the world with particular emphasis on Mesoamerica, South America, California, China, the Mediterranean, the Middle East and Europe.

Spring 2007

New Investigations of an Old City: Research at Sisupalgarh, India.

Extreme Archaeology: Research in the Tarapaca Valley, Northern Chile.

Between Heaven and Hell in Ancient Urkesh. publishes papers on strategies and applications relevant to digital information. It is directed toward information specialists, librarians, archivists and web professionals and to innovators of digital culture in general. is an annual publication available in Catalan and English published by Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain.

Volume 5, May 2007

On-line Cultural Resources: Search for Information on Museums in Spain, France, Italy, Germany and the United Kingdom, by Ricard Monistrol.

To what extent are the museums of a city, region or country known? Countries with a strong cultural patrimony, such as Spain, France, Italy, Germany or the United Kingdom, possess the appropriate Web resources, with good usability and an outstanding positioning. This study explores the extent to which online public resources on museums are appropriate.

Among the findings of this study were that in almost all the searches on the key word "museums," the first places in the search results belonged to museums of the same nationality. This situation denotes that it is easier for a tourist to find one or several museums of a certain country, by country, than to find a directory or detailed search engine of all of them. A serious matter for Germany, proud of having more than a thousand museums, is that it does not have any museum resources in English. France, likewise, does not offer any of its museum resources in English.

Volume 4, May 2006

Catalonia's Museums Websites: Analysis and Evaluation Proposal, by Ricard Monistrol.

The abundance of new websites in recent years dedicated to art and museums has highlighted the need for museums to review their websites as part of their publicity policies and as one of their elements of prestige. In this sense, many aspects influence their sites visibility and web traffic: a well selected domain name, adequate accessibility and a quality source code. These aspects may add to the museums prestige, and help the sites fulfill communication objectives by being able to reach a majority of the potential public. This project presents the research results of the study on the websites of 68 Catalonian museums.

Manchester University Press Online journal service

All tables of contents and abstracts can be viewed by anyone without a subscription at this site although the full-text of the articles is available only through subscription. Useful site for conducting preliminary research within a diverse number of journals.

The Journal of Transport History

The international periodical for transport history, with a successful forty-year pedigree, The Journal of Transport History fosters the analysis of the history of transport and its relationship with economy and society. It brings together original work by top transport historians and the best work by academic researchers and transport enthusiasts. The journal also contains an extensive book review section, covering all the major books in the field.

Volume 28, Issue 2, September 2007

Touring between War and Peace: Imagining the 'Transcontinental Motorway,' 1930-1950, by Alexander Badenoch.

In 1930 the Alliance internationale de tourisme, a confederation of national cycle and motor touring clubs, set out plans for a motor road from London to Istanbul. This article explores the reasons for the road plan's relative success as a transnational project in the tense inter-war years by looking at the way in which visions of the road crossed national boundaries.

Changing the face of Europe: European Road Mobility during the Marshall Plan Years, by Frank Schipper.

This article examines mobility aspects of the Marshall Plan. It investigates the role of US diplomats who dealt with transport in Europe and tries to establish the extent to which they successfully promoted American views on mobility in post-war Europe.

In the Image of the Grand Tour: Railway Station Embellishment and the Origins of Mass Tourism, by Asta von Buch.

Railway architecture in the late nineteenth century was richly embellished with artwork. This article examines how, when taking up the theme of 'leisure travel,' artists struggled with developing a new iconography.

Public History Review

Published by the Australian Centre for Public History, Public History Review is concerned with the nature and forms of public history, with ideas as to what constitutes the public in history making, with the means by which history is communicated to a range of audiences and with the ways in which the past operates in the present.

This journal provides a forum for historians to pursue issues and reflect on practice, comment on historical representations or extend their knowledge of public history as a field of study. The journal also aims to engage academic historians more fully with the concerns of the public and public history work.

Volume 14, 2007

This is the third electronic publication of Public History Review. Users must register for free access to the journal.

Public Histories of Australian and British Women's Suffrage: Some Comparative Issues, by Hilda Kean.

Blogging as Popular History Making, Blogs as Public History: The Singapore Case Study, by Stephanie Ho.

The Bay of Pigs: Revisiting Two Museums, by Peter Read and Marivic Wyndham.

Down Under: Australia and New Zealand

Early New Zealand Books

The Early New Zealand Books Project has been developed by staff at The University of Auckland Library. It aims to provide the keyword-searchable text of significant books published about New Zealand in the nineteenth century. Illustrations and maps in the books have also been digitized, with a higher resolution version available by clicking on the image in the text.

Journal of Historical Biography

An international, peer reviewed, e-journal published at University College of Fraser Valley in British Columbia, Canada. Includes biographical portraits of prominent individuals of any nation, and theoretical, methodological or philosophical pieces that reflect on the larger issues associated with writing biography or autobiography. Articles are published in English or French and are available in PDF format. An exceptional scholarly addition to e-history journals.

Volume 2, Autumn 2007

J.C. Beaglehole: Reputation, Fortuna and Biography, by Doug Munro.

Frédéric Passy: Patriotic Pacifist, by Michael Clinton.

Papers Past

Papers Past contains more than one million pages of digitized New Zealand newspapers and periodicals. The collection covers the years 1840 to 1915 and includes publications from all regions of New Zealand. Papers can be viewed by date, region and title.

Sydney Journal

Sydney's history from the first human settlement to the present, the Sydney Journal contains articles on Sydney's history, people and suburbs.

Volume 1, Number 1, 2008

The first issue of this new journal contains a section called "Sydney's Suburb's" with articles on five of them. The section called "Sydney's People" has articles on the following ethnic groups:

The Dutch in Sydney, by Edward Duyker.

The English in Sydney, by James Jupp.

The Germans in Sydney, by Jurgen Tampke.

The Italians in Sydney, by Gianfranco Cresciano.

The Latvians in Sydney, by Robert Crawford.

The Maltese in Sydney, by Mark Caruana.

E-Journals Produced by Graduate Students

Spontaneous Generations: A Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science

A new online academic journal published by graduate students at the Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology, University of Toronto. The journal aims to establish a platform for interdisciplinary discussion and debate about issues that concern the community of scholars in the history and philosophy of science and technology and related fields.

Volume 1, Number 1, 2007

The Expert Professor: C.R. Young and the Toronto Building Code, by James Hull.

An Engineer's View of an Ideal Society: The Economic Reforms of C.H. Douglas, 1916-1920, by Janet Martin-Nielsen.

Little consideration has been given to the influence of Douglas' engineering career on his ideology or to the relationship between Douglas and the American engineering reformists. This paper remedies this lacuna by analyzing Douglas' proposed reforms in an engineering context.

Mothers, Babies, and the Colonial State: The Introduction of Maternal and Infant Welfare Services in Nigeria, 1925-1945, by Deanne van Tol.

At the beginning of the twentieth century the high mortality rates of both mothers and babies during childbirth became a predominant concern in Britain and its empire, provoking outcries from medical and nursing professionals as well as politicians and the wider public. Infant mortality became the new marker of the vitality of the nation and a widely used indicator of general standards of health. Efforts to improve maternal and infant welfare were part of a broader shift in Britain towards public health as a government responsibility.


Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.

The Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography (SEPB) presents selected English-language articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing efforts on the Internet. Most sources have been published between 1990 and the present; however, a limited number of key sources published prior to 1990 are also included. Where possible, links are provided to sources that are freely available on the Internet.

Version 71: 3/3/2008

SEPB has the following sections:

  1. Economic Issues (Last update: 3/2/2008)
  2. Electronic Books and Texts
    • 2.1 Case Studies and History (Last update: 3/2/2008)
    • 2.2 General Works (Last update: 3/2/2008)
    • 2.3 Library Issues (Last update: 12/18/2007)
  3. Electronic Serials
    • 3.1 Case Studies and History (Last update: 3/2/2008)
    • 3.2 Critiques (Last update: 12/12/2003)
    • 3.3 Electronic Distribution of Printed Journals (Last update: 9/25/2007)
    • 3.4 General Works (Last update: 3/2/2008)
    • 3.5 Library Issues (Last update: 9/25/2007)
    • 3.6 Research (Last update: 3/2/2008)
  4. General Works (Last update: 3/2/2008)
  5. Legal Issues
    • 5.1 Intellectual Property Rights (Last update: 3/2/2008)
    • 5.2 License Agreements (Last update: 12/18/2007)
  6. Library Issues
    • 6.1 Cataloging, Identifiers, Linking, and Metadata (Last update: 3/2/2008)
    • 6.2 Digital Libraries (Last update: 3/2/2008)
    • 6.3 General Works (Last update: 3/2/2008)
    • 6.4 Information Integrity and Preservation (Last update: 3/2/2008)
  7. New Publishing Models (Last update: 3/2/2008)
  8. Publisher Issues (Last update: 12/18/2007)
    • 8.1 Digital Rights Management (Last update: 3/2/2008)
  9. Repositories, E-Prints, and OAI (Last update: 3/2/2008)

The XHTML version of SEPB is designed for interactive use. Each major section is a separate file. There are links to sources that are freely available on the Internet.

In addition to the bibliography, the following useful sites are provided:

(1) Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog

(2) Scholarly Electronic Publishing Resources (directory of hundreds of related Web sites)

(3) Archive (prior versions of the bibliography)