Volume 1 of The Independent Scholar (TIS) is now live
TIS is open access and available to all scholars worldwide. You retain copyright of your own paper, and can circulate it as much as you like, but please ensure that you cite its publication in TIS, with the appropriate page numbers for your own contribution. If you publish a version in a more specialist publications, please make a statement along the lines that: This is a revised/expanded version of a paper first published in TIS Vol. 1 (Dec. 2015) [page nos.] under the title ‘...’.TIS is open access and available to all scholars worldwide.
There are two technical issues which we would like to bring to your attention: (1) During the conversion to PDF format, the hyperlinks on the cover and TOC lost track of their bookmarks (to content within the document) but we will be correcting this early in the New Year. (2) The DOI [Digital Object Identifier] for each paper, the number registered with CrossRef which gives it a permanent searchable identity on the website, will also be in place in January. We will advise you of your own DOI as soon as they arrive from CrossRef, and will ensure that they are posted in an updated PDF file of Volume 1.
In conjunction with its 25th anniversary, National Coalition of Independent Scholars (NCIS) presented Traditions & Transitions: Independent Scholars and the Digital Landscape, 18-21 June, 2015, at Yale University in New Haven. Traditions & Transitions, the 16th NCIS conference, aimed to celebrate independent scholarship and to explore and critique digital humanities praxis and tools for research, publishing, and sharing scholarship.
In additionally to panels for papers about the Digital Landscape and how it impacts independent scholarship, there were workshops that that dealt with helping independents use the various digital tools now available.
NCIS an international organisation dedicated to advancing independent scholarship through access to research facilities, grants, and professional support since 1989.
INFORMATION ON NCIS
NCIS is a US-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation founded in 1989 with the mission of supporting the work of independent scholars and making independent scholarship available to the public. NCIS represents independent scholars from all disciplines, including unaffiliated scholars, adjunct and part-time faculty, research professionals, artists, and curators. The organization’s primary functions include working to improve access to research libraries; encouraging foundations and institutes to open competitions to independent scholars and to include them on review committees; serving as fiscal sponsor for grants; providing information about grants, fellowships and publishing; bringing independent scholars together on the basis of needs and scholarly interests; and facilitating the creation of local organizations of independent scholars and assisting existing local groups. Although NCIS is based in the United States, the organization's members and mission extend internationally. The organization sponsors H-Scholar (https://networks.h-net.org/h-scholar), an H-Net (www.h-net.org) online forum for scholarly discussion. NCIS recognizes regional and international affiliate members and is itself an affiliate of the American Historical Association. Affiliate members support the overall purpose of NCIS and meet membership criteria but establish their own membership qualifications and dues and manage their organizations independently of NCIS.
Visit http://ncis.org/2015-ncis-conference to read more about the conference.
To learn more about NCIS, visit http://www.ncis.org.