I rarely look at the top journals these days. I canceled my subscriptions to all but the most relevant—Foreign Policy, for example, is one I will continue to read. Why? I read it because it comes out every month, and it’s timely and interesting. When I want to read what my esteemed colleagues have to say about theory or current events, I turn to the Foreign Policy website, which includes some of the best blogs by the top names in my field. They are talking to each other, and others are leaving important and interesting comments—in effect, “peer reviewing” is happening in real time, and in a transparent way. Intellectual discourse is moving forward at a rapid pace, not in the glacial quarterly publishing of journals.
This post hits at the many reasons why I teach the spectrum of scholarly sources as opposed to focusing on the age old binary of SCHOLARLY AND NOT SCHOLARLY. There’s so much good stuff on the blogosphere, in the twitterverse and in working papers that are relevant for students AND faculty. #breakthemonographmodel