Wednesday, October 14, 2015

The New *Common-Place* is Here

Check out the new look at Common-Place: A Journal of Early American Life. The American Antiquarian Society and the University of Connecticut have done a really nice job updating the journal's look. Congrats to Paul Erickson at the AAS and editors Anna Mae Duane and Walt Woodward at UCONN.

Here is a taste of what you can expect:

...Our new design is a result of a year-long process of community outreach and research, editorial input, and digital design and web development by the University of of Connecticut’s Department of Digital Media and Design. We hope you will be pleased with the results. The new site is designed to augment the journal’s unique role in early American scholarship by moving it to a new publishing platform that will better support its growth as a scholarly, pedagogical and digital resource...
Another goal which our new look–and the technology behind it–achieves is optimizing the reading experience across a range of computing devices. The responsive design and adaptive typography automatically measures the size and orientation of the reader’s screen and adjusts font size and line length to the reader’s device. This better assures comfortable reading across multiple device platforms, from desktops to smart phones.
The Common-place Homepage still features the table of contents of the latest issue, including feature articles in the upper left hand column and roundtables in the upper right hand column. Book reviews and your favorite Common-place columns, including Notes on the Text, Poetic Research, Ask the Author, and Tales from the Vault, are immediately below. All of our columns can also always be found from the main navigation at the top of ever page on the website.
Other highlights of the new website include an improved Web Library, powered by Zotero, an open-source reference manager...
Common-place is celebrated for its openness to unconventional content types and experimental texts. We maintain this commitment with the new site, which features a Projects page where you will find such Common-place projects as Just Teach OneJust Teach One Early African American Print, and more.Once the task of migrating Common-Place‘s extensive back catalog to the new site is complete, readers will have new tools for searching and sorting site content. In addition to the usual search box where one can enter custom queries, all articles, reviews, etc., will be tagged with relevant Library of Congress-derived subject headings. Once fully implemented, this system will enable readers interested in, “Native Americans/Indigenous Peoples,” for example, to quickly identify all relevant content–from Volume 1, No. 1 on to the current issue. In addition, readers will be able to sort by column type and issue number. In short, Common-place will become easier to search, easier to read and easier to share with students and colleagues.
Finally, at the bottom of every page in the footer, you will find info about the editorial team, information about how to contribute, author guidelines, and more.
This new edition is packed with good stuff.  Stay tuned.