Policies

Editorial:

  • We are not a magazine or a journal. Each blogger is an independent writer who is responsible for his or her own content and who produces it free of charge for the benefit of those who feel like reading it. There is no full-time paid editor. We do not censor or modify the substance of posts. I occasionally edit an already-published piece to ensure it conforms to style guidelines, such as font, font size, line spacing, and so forth. But that’s it. So if you want to provide specific feedback on a blogger or on a post, it is most appropriate to email that blogger directly or leave a comment in the thread.
  • Building on that, you should read every post as if it comes with a disclaimer that “the views expressed here do not necessarily represent those of any other blogger at the Duck of Minerva.” In fact we often disagree with one another, sometimes openly. However we also recognize one another’s right to write freely. We hope that the tone and tenor of comments in the future will reflect this basic notion of academic freedom and express concerns or make corrections of fact without needless ad hominem attacks against individual contributors or the community.
  • We expect some basic level of civility from members of our community. We will, at a minimum, edit comments we deem particularly noxious or engaged in unproductive trolling. We reserve the right to disemvowel or delete comments; we will exercise this right at our discretion. Comments that hope for the death of others, for example, will likely be deleted.

Our policies on guest posts and guest blogging are as follows:

  • Yes, we love love love guest posts. However, we are biased toward academics, academics in training, and cognate types. Just send one of the permanent contributors a nice email and we’ll see if we can make something happen.
  • We are extremely flattered when we get out-of-the-blue requests from people who want to guest blog, but the procedure for bringing on guest bloggers is one of those “salami factory” things… and strangers just aren’t very likely to make it through the process.
  • We’ll blog stuff if (1) it falls within the extremely broad understanding that we have of our mandate, (2) it seems interesting, (3) the aim isn’t to flog some strictly commercial project, and (4) we remember to do it. That last one often proves a more difficult hurdle than responsible people would expect.