The SMR blog is an online forum for discussion of SMR content. Over the years, I have been frustrated that academic journals often do not provide an effective venue for scholarly discourse. Journals typically do publish very short comments. Often they will only consider one comment and one reply, ending further discussion.
This blog is an experiment to see if an online discussion can be a successful vehicle for intellectual exchange with respect to one specific journal. My hope is that people’s comments will be constructive and diplomatic. I encourage everyone — faculty, students, and researchers to participate. We would prefer that you register under your actual name, but this is not required.
Citations and abstracts of forthcoming articles will be posted to the blog for comments. We also welcome formal, paper-length comments related to published SMR articles. These will go through peer review. The blog will also be frequently updated with news items and links of interest to the SMR audience.
Citations and abstracts from the last 5 years of SMR have been posted. The SMR blog’s first formal comment paper, which is by Jeff Zax, will be the next post. The citations from the forthcoming February issue of SMR, a special issue on sequence analysis, will be coming soon.
Author-supplied key words have been tagged and authors and title words can be searched with the internal search box on the right side of the main page. Please register and comment. Feel free to contact the managing editor for questions or assistance getting set up to contribute.
We look forward to a lively dialog. Please post, comment and link to us.
Diker-Tishman Professor of Sociology, Harvard University