review platform for European History
recensio.net is a Europe-wide, multi-language platform for reviews of historical literature. recensio.net is committed to the principles of Open Access. All content is permanently accessible for free. The platform's navigational languages are English, German and French. Reviews may be written in any European language.
The platform's aim is to reflect and assess current developments taking place on the historical literature market through two approaches:
Traditional« reviews - recensio.net as an Open Access aggregator
Journals can make their review sections more visible by publishing them online on recensio.net – either »exclusively« online or in a »hybrid« form as part of a pre- or post-print procedure. It is irrelevant whether the reviews are already accessible online or available in print. recensio.net does not claim exclusivity for its content, but wants to allow journals to reach a maximum degree of visibility and users a central starting point for searching reviews of scholarly literature by bringing together reviews which are scattered and often barely noticed.
The editorial teams of cooperating journals continue to work independently. The review sections can be individually accessed on recensio.net, but at the same time (together with reviews from other cooperating journals) also be searched in full text. This is possible because each review is tagged with substantial metadata (subject headings, classification information regarding time, region and topic of the title reviewed), making it easier for users to find it and allowing them to search the entire platform for specific topics. Each review is available in full text and can be directly downloaded from recensio.net.
The Bavarian State Library guarantees to enhance the reviews with metadata, link them to library catalogues (OPAC) of the Bavarian Library Network (to the respective books reviewed), and provide long-term archival storage.
Presentations by authors or readers
Authors can present the core statements of their publications (monographs or articles) on recensio.net and enable expert discussions to take place. Gradually, moderated user comments will create »live reviews« and discussions based on these presentations (or individual aspects). You as the author are free to decide whether you would like to get involved in the discussion and are automatically notified about incoming comments. Academic online resources can also be presented and reviewed.
Readers can also submit comments on books or articles which have so far not been presented by the respective author.
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Criticism? Questions? Suggestions?
If you would like to discuss the concept of recensio.net with us, you can do this via the comment function of the presentation page of recensio.net.
recensio.net is a joint project of the Bavarian State Library (BSB) Munich, the University of Cologne and the Leibniz Institute of European History (IEG) Mainz – funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).