Frequently Asked Questions
1. recensio.net is an Open Access online platform gathering reviews from well-established history journals. Users are provided with a central starting point for searching, reading, and downloading reviews of scholarly literature (in full text).
2. For authors, recensio.net offers an additional service: authors can upload presentations of their historical publications (monographs, articles) and thereby introduce them to an international expert audience (similar to online book announcements made by authors).
3. Readers and platform users can comment on both reviews and presentations. This even applies to books and articles which are so far not included in the reviews or presentations on recensio.net (see here).
About 1.) Publishing reviews on recensio.net – Information for journals
Editors of academic journals which publish reviews are welcome to (additionally) publish their book reviews on European history on recensio.net. Once our editors have carried out a prompt evaluation, we can include your reviews on our platform.
Your reviews, together with those from many other journals, are searchable in full text and linked to the respective title entries in the catalogue of the Bavarian Library Network. This will improve the visibility and findability of your reviews. On recensio.net, they can be published in addition to the print version (or an existing online publication) through a pre- or post-print procedure. It is also possible to exclusively release the review section of a journal on recensio.net (original online publication).
Journals do not have to invest much time in a cooperation, because recensio.net uses a mostly automated CMS. There are no costs involved for cooperating journals. Together, we will work out a concept for consolidating our cooperation. This will also guarantee long-term archival storage of the texts by the Bavarian State Library.
About 2.) Presenting texts and starting discussions
As an author of history texts you can present, in a short and comprehensive style, the main theses of your published articles or monographs, the methodology applied, and/or how you dealt with existing research. That way, you can enable expert discussions about your work. You can furthermore present and review history internet resources.
Other users can comment on your presentations. You and users who have previously left comments will automatically be notified about new comments. Whether you would like to get involved in the reader discussion by leaving comments of your own is up to you. Over time, this will result in a "live review" of your text.
Before they are published, both presentations and comments are reviewed by the editorial team of recensio.net, in order to maintain the platform's academic standards.
The number of characters available for your presentation will be raised from 4.000 to 6.000 if you leave a comment on an existing review or presentation on recensio.net.
A presentation of your work can be written in any European language. However, we recommend choosing one of the main academic languages.
About 3.) Commenting on texts as a reader
Comment on historical monographs, articles in journals or edited volumes, and online resources:
Should the text you would like to comment on not be represented on recensio.net, you may send your comment in an email to email@example.com. Once the editorial team of recensio.net has reviewed the comment, it will be published. Now the respective author and other platform users can get involved in a discussion by leaving further comments.
Should the text you would like to comment on already be represented on recensio.net, please leave a comment in the respective field. This applies if the text has already been presented by the author or is included in one of the "traditional" reviews from one of the cooperating journals. In order to find out whether a text is already represented on recensio.net, please use the search field on our home page or contact our editorial team.
Existing reader comments can be found under "Presentations".
recensio.net is dedicated to the support of scholarly communication in the digital age. It is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) and, as a joint project, coordinated by the Bavarian State Library, the Leibniz Institute of European History (Mainz), and the University of Cologne.
recensio.net is a service which is free for both the cooperating journals as well as its users. recensio.net is committed to the principles of Open Access and wants to act as a service provider for academics.
No. If you just wish to read content on recensio.net, you do not have to create an account. All reviews, presentations and comments can be viewed and downloaded with no restrictions. However, should you wish to post a comment on existing reviews/presentations or publish a presentation of your own work, you need to create an account.
If you are interested in specific periods, subjects, or regions, please feel free to make use of our RSS-Feed. In addition to pre-set feeds, you can get feeds for any individual search results. You are also welcome to follow us on Twitter and/or Facebook!
recensio.net wants to provide an overview of new publications in the field of historical studies. Collecting traditional reviews from academic journals is just one side to this.
You as an author are invited to present the core statements of your already published texts on recensio.net. Comments left by users will gradually allow for a "live review" to develop. In order to facilitate this, you will be asked to provide the names of academic authors whose research you have dealt with in your own text. recensio.net will usually try to contact these authors (once, via the Bavarian State Library) and inform them about your publication and the presentation on our platform. We will also point out the possibility to leave comments. In addition to monographs, you can also present articles (published in journals or as part of edited volumes). You will automatically be informed about new comments. At the same time, all comments are reviewed by the editorial team of recensio.net, in order to prevent misuse of this feature. See also our concept as well as our user guidelines.
Generally, presentations on recensio.net are supposed to embrace the potential of digital publishing in order to exemplify how the European historical book market is changing: this applies to both review sections of journals and individual authors creating presentations. Also, presentations offer the opportunity to make use of the potential of online communication in the academic world. An exchange between scholars leaving comments and a presentation's author can create "live reviews" and facilitate a form of communication which rarely takes place in reviews published in print.
The presentation is written by the author himself. It is therefore similar to author book announcements which used to be included in journals. Apart from monographs, articles published in journals or edited volumes can also be presented. recensio.net wants to take into account the significance of articles as a text genre within academic discourse. So far, articles have mostly been dealt with in reviews of entire edited volumes. However, in this context individual articles are usually not reviewed in much detail.
Isn't a book presentation on recensio.net a kind of self-review? Does it even meet scholarly standards?
A presentation on recensio.net is not a self-review. Its purpose is not evaluation, but rather aims at a short, concise and neutral description of your research results. It is therefore similar to traditional scholarly book announcements made by authors. It offers the possibility of presenting the main theses of your research (articles or monographs) to a Europe-wide, academic audience. Comments left by academic colleagues can be critical, but not the respective presentation.
1. Please create an account by clicking "Register" at the top-right end of our home page (www.recensio.net). After filling out our short registration form, you will receive an email with a link for completing your registration.
2. On our home page (www.recensio.net), click "Create a new presentation" (on the right hand side of the page, above the three "sticky notes") or here. After logging in, you will see a page containing more information. Here, you can choose the type of text you would like to present (monograph, article published in journal/edited volume, online resource). Then simply click "add".
3. The next page is the presentation form.
- In tab 1 ("Associated Journal", only applies to articles published in journals), information about the journal is required.
- In tab 2 ("Presented text"), information about your text (monograph or article) is required (e.g. title, language, classification etc.).
- In tab 3 ("Presentation"), please enter information regarding your presentation and also the presentation text. Please enter the names of reference authors into the respective field.
4. Please tick the box next to "Licence Agreement" in the last tab. Only then it is possible to save your presentation.
As long as you wish to continue working on your presentation, please choose "Save and edit later". Once you have completed the editing process, please choose "Submit for publication". The editorial team of recensio.net will now be notified that your presentation has been submitted.
The presentation text should briefly summarise the core statements and research results of a study, and not just provide a mere overview of what the text deals with (as is often the case with introductory abstracts or teasers). The aim is to inform academics who come across a presentation on recensio.net about the content of a study, but also to encourage discussions – regardless of whether your book has been read by a user or whether a comment is left in reply to the core statements outlined in the presentation.
Please describe your theses, the methodology applied and/or how you dealt with existing research in a short and comprehensive style. Presentations should not merely be summaries (cover blurbs). Please feel free to phrase your theses in a provocative manner.
It is possible to present your research in practically any European language. However, we recommend choosing one of the major languages commonly used in the academic world.
Your presentation may consist of up to 4000 characters. If you comment on an existing review/presentation on recensio.net, the amount of available characters for your own presentation will be raised to 6000.
Other users, usually also professional academics, can comment on your presentations. Both you as the author and other users who have already left comments will be notified about incoming comments. That way, it is entirely up to you whether you wish to become involved in the discussion of your work. Gradually, this will lead to a "live review" of the text you have presented on recensio.net.
The term "reference authors" refers to both authors whose research you have dealt with in more detail in your text, and also colleagues who could provide their qualified opinion regarding the respective subject. We (Bavarian State Library) will send these authors a short mail with a link to your presentation and invite them to take part in a discussion. That way, a "live review" will ideally take place. Neither names nor contact details of reference authors will be visible to the public.
Reference authors are discretely notified by the Bavarian State Library (highlighting the platform’s academic character) once. The names of reference authors will not be visible to the public.
We appreciate your opinion on all types of text: You can comment both on reviews (published by journals) and presentations. In order to leave a comment, please use the respective text field below the text. Once your comment has been approved by the editorial team of recensio.net, it will be published. Now others – authors and platform users – can get involved in a discussion by leaving further comments.
Should a text you would like to comment on not be included in the reviews or presentations on our platform, you can still leave a comment.
Do you want to comment on a historical book (monograph, edited volume) or article which is so far not included in any of the reviews or presentations on recensio.net? You as a reader can also encourage a the submission of a presentation by leaving a comment:
Your comment does not have to deal with a publication as a whole, but can rather highlight individual chapters or aspects. The comment should be exclusively written for recensio.net. In the interest of all parties involved, the platform's editorial team will try (as far as possible) to rule out that your comment is not a review which has previously been rejected (possibly for good reasons) by journals.
Once the editorial team of recensio.net has reviewed the comment, it will be published. Now others – authors and platform users – can get involved in a discussion by leaving further comments.
Existing reader comments can be found under "Presentations".
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