Humanists coping with the competitive world of scholarly journals

Nowadays digital era progress in publishing of scholarly journals and books is still a source of considerable perplexity to many traditionalists in humanities and social sciences. Reluctance to embrace the usefulness of data sharing, exchange and interoperability as well as metrics, directories and citation databases also show experts in a rather small academic community of art historians in Croatia. The history of art is a relatively young social science in Croatia. With its beginnings in the late 19th century it prospered a great deal in the last couple of decades. In this context the Croatian Society of Art Historians, non-governmental organization, congregates professionals in the field. Since its founding in 1956 the society has been publishing considerable amount of books along with annual scholarly journal called Peristil. In its starting point Peristil was the only journal dealing with art historian themes in the country and for a long time it was very influential and attracting best authors. It has been shown that the journal published texts crucial to the development of the profession in Croatia. Since its establishing it adopted best practices in peer-review and editing procedures. After surviving the socialist regime while saving its independence though 60 years, today Peristil faces the competitive world of scientific publishing and rigidly prescribed standards. Just now there are a number of journals in Croatia battling for best contributions by best researches in the same profession. Peristil today is striving to meet the expectations of regulatory administration that financially supports the process of publishing and by all means to meet the expectations of authors. One additional issue to cope with is the ongoing pressure to publish texts in English in the social science that is still developing its terminology in Croatian. In the world where everything counts in large amounts, the illusion of noble profession escapes humanists who do their best for the profession and its development. However their resistance to pressure is legitimate while they strive to bridge the gap between society and research and consequently between public and art which is their core business.

SEPTEMBER 22, 2017
Location: Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing Date: September 22, 2017 Time: 4:50 pm - 5:10 pm Martina Petrinović