Monday, August 12, 2013

What To Do After You Publish a Scholarly Paper

  1. Save the PDF of the final version (from the journal's website) in a folder you keep of everything you've published. Mine's called my-papers. Ideally this folder is in the cloud, backed up somewhere. 
  2. Look at the copyright form you signed. See what you can put online. Sometimes it's nothing, sometimes it's the final version, sometimes it's a penultimate version. If you can't put anything up, skip this step. Use Acrobat Pro (or something else) to put full citation information on the paper itself (if you can't readily tell from what the PDF already has) and save it (my-papers again).
  3. Print the paper and put it in a binder called My Papers. You know, in case there's an electronics apocalypse.  
  4. Make a new webpage just for this paper. Example.
  5. See if your new publication should be one of your home page's "selected publications," and if so, update.
  6. Update your CV.
  7. Update your webpage listing all of your publications.
  8. Blog, tweet, etc. about your new paper.
  9. Send copies to interested scholars. 

Pictured: Camels. From Wikimedia Commons. 

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Missing Physical Books? CDs?

Here is an interesting opinion piece about missing physical books, from someone who has read over 800 books on an iPad.
(thanks to Sue Johnston for pointing me to this)

I know what this is like. The physical reminder of the book has value, for sure. Actually, I feel it even more acutely with CDs. Mine are in the basement now, and I listen solely to MP3s on our iMac. But though discovery is in one way easier (I can put my whole collection on random, which blows my mind) rediscovering albums is more difficult, because I can't casually browse the stacks of CDs while I eat, like I used to. The reason I say it's even more acute is because I don't often re-read books, but of course music you return to many times over. Bookmark and Share