Group for Experimental Methods in Humanistic Research
at Columbia University

Small Axe Archipelagos

agile publishing
  • Kaiama Glover
  • Kelly Josephs
  • Alex Gil
  • David Scott
  • Dennis Yi Tenen
updates ↓

02/01/20 From sx archipelagos the project has evolved into the newly-named archipelagos journal
05/01/15 The project has been funded with generous support from the NEH Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant Award.

How do we reduce the production cost for sx:archipelagos online peer reviewed academic publication while preserving the quality of the longstanding print journal Small Axe?

In our first encounter, Kaiama L. Glover (Associate Professor of French and Africana Studies at Barnard College), Alex Gil and Kelly Josephs (Director, York College Honors Program, and Associate Professor of English at CUNY) presented on the new stage of development of Small Axe: sx:archipelagos, and worked with xp-methods to re-imagine a workflow for the publication of academic content around Dennis Tenen’s and Grant Wythoff’s “Sustainable Authorship in Plain Text using Pandoc and Markdown.”

As pressures mount on academic journals, the need to reduce costs while providing manageable workflows and multivalent outputs has increased. The Small Axe journal has weathered two decades as the flagship journal for Caribbean Studies and thus provides a great platform for experimentation around an established journal, as opposed to new experiments that must build prestige while trying out new workflows.

sx:archipelagos was born as that experimental branch. The goal of sx:a is to publish a combination of articles, digital project reviews, and digital humanities ventures with low periodicity and under reduced cost.