Sunday, December 10, 2006

Publication opportunities

Hello, everyone! It looks like many of the folks who post and comment here are doing interesting language-focused CMC research. Some of you may even be writing papers on CMD as I type this. If you would like to publish your work, allow me to make two suggestions.

1) A book I am co-editing on the Pragmatics of Computer-Mediated Communication (with Dieter Stein in Germany and Tuija Virtanen in Finland) has lost some contributions and is looking for a couple of good papers that focus on pragmatic issues in online discourse to fill the gaps. If you're working on something that you think might be appropriate and that could be ready by the end of December (this month), contact me with a brief description of your paper, or email a draft version.

2) The online journal language@internet, edited by Dieter Stein (with yours truly on the editorial board) is dedicated to linguistic CMC research, and needs good submissions. It has the advantage of being an open-access journal, which means that people around the world can access it freely and are therefore more likely to read and cite your article. It also has a shorter time from submission to publication than most print journals.

If you're looking for a more traditional (print) journal in which to publish CMD research, the Journal of Pragmatics and the Journal of Sociolinguistics are both receptive, albeit not open access. There is also a brand-new journal, Discourse and Communication, that will be launched in February 2007, that is dedicated to the intersection of linguistic discourse analysis and communications research, and which should be friendly to CMD research (also not open access, unfortunately).

Of course, there is also the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, which publishes on CMC broadly construed, and occasionally publishes language-focused studies. And is open access ... but more competitive to get a paper accepted in (last year's acceptance rate was 15-20% of submissions).

I mention all this because I see a lot of talent in this blog, and a lot of good ideas. They deserve to be published! I know everyone is busy this time of year, but ... I hope you will think about it.

Sorry, 'Fish' is Susan Herring. I didn't realize when I input the name from my existing Blogger blog that it would subscribe me to this blog under that name. Does anyone know how to edit a name in Blogger?
you can change your display name if you click on your profile and then the 'edit your profile' button. it should be down under the 'identity' section.

(that's how it works in my non-beta version, at any rate!)
Thanks for the encouragement and suggestions, Susan! And welcome to the blog (officially).
yes, a post-scripted welcome!
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