Karin Wulf photoA few weeks ago Karin Wulf wrote a guest post for us on the fundamental differences between humanities scholarship and the way journals work in the sciences. It’s since been one of our more popular posts. The journals conversation tends to be dominated by the sciences — likely because of the enormous amounts of funding that pour into research laboratories. Because of this, Humanities and Social Sciences (HSS) journals suddenly find themselves held to rules and mandates that are inappropriate at best, and unsustainable at worst because they were created by and for the scientists.

The HSS research community needs to have their voice heard in the conversation, and so I was very happy when Karin accepted our invitation to join us as regular blogger. Karin is the Director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, which has been publishing the William and Mary Quarterly, the leading journal in early American scholarship, and books with the University of North Carolina Press, since 1943. Karin is also an active researcher, a Professor of History at the College of William & Mary, and her research focuses on women, gender and family in the early modern British Atlantic.

Please join me in welcoming Karin to the Kitchen!


David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is a Senior Consultant at Clarke & Esposito, a boutique management consulting firm focused on strategic issues related to professional and academic publishing and information services. Previously, David was the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He oversaw journal policy across OUP’s journals program, drove technological innovation, and served as an information officer. David acquired and managed a suite of research society-owned journals with OUP, and before that was the Executive Editor for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, where he created and edited new science books and journals, along with serving as a journal Editor-in-Chief. He has served on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc., as well as The AAP-PSP Executive Council. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.


3 Thoughts on "Welcome a New Chef in the Kitchen, Karin Wulf"

Thanks, David! I’m a great fan of the Kitchen, and it’s an honor to be able to write here, offering a view from the humanities, often from within my own discipline of history, and from the researcher navigating searches, discovery, and access– a worm’s eye view, as it were.

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