centerNet’s DHCommons journal is excited to be weeks from publishing its inaugural issue, which will launch alongside a major redesign of the DHCommons Project Directory! That first issue will include project statements and peer reviews of four mid-stage digital humanities projects from around the world, two “How Did They Make That?” features along the lines of those pioneered by Miriam Posner (http://miriamposner.com/blog/how-did-they-make-that/), and an editorial introduction outlining both the joys and challenges of launching a journal devoted to interdisciplinary project reviews in multiple languages. We will announce the launch here and on the (by then newly beautiful) DHCommons site in early September, when semesters are beginning and scholars’ minds are being re-devoted to all things academic.
We are deeply grateful to all those who have made the journal possible, especially our editorial team (http://dhcenternet.org/2014/01/dhcommons-founding-international-editorial-board) for their hard work with project directors and reviewers; centerNet’s Neil Fraistat, Kay Walter, and Jean Bauer for their sage counsel, and most of all our editorial assistants at Northeastern University, Jackie Gronau and Vicky Papa. We would also like to thank the Agile Humanities team for the splendid design work that we will unveil very soon.
DHCommons attempts to meet a long-standing but growing need in the DH community, for robust peer review of in progress–that is, beyond planning stages‐but still developing projects. While building on precedents set by groups such as NINES (http://www.nines.org/), DHCommons seeks to offer feedback earlier in a project’s life, when new directions and development are still possible for a project, but also to certify that project’s early contributions to both the digital humanities and its disciplinary field. We also seek to review projects from centerNet’s many regions and languages, whenever possible in the project directors’ preferred language, so as to better reflect the scope and diversity of digital humanities work around the world. DHCommons complements the growing cadre of journals publishing digital humanities articles by providing a venue for full-project peer review. The “project statements” we will publish in each issue attempt to account for a project’s contributions and struggles, and the reviews we will publish alongside them outline projects’ strengths and areas for expansion or improvement. We hope these genres will provide scholars with new, valuable, and even practical access to the theories and methods of digital humanities work.
We are delighted to share this first issue with you and would encourage those with mid-stage projects to submit them to us for review by contacting the editorial team at firstname.lastname@example.org.