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Digital Launch of the 2020 Edition of CONCEPT: Villanova’s Interdisciplinary Journal of Graduate Studies

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Villanova University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) recently celebrated a digital launch of the 2020 edition of CONCEPT: Villanova University’s Interdisciplinary Journal of Graduate Studies. CONCEPT accepts papers from graduate students in the arts and sciences and aims to celebrate exceptional work that is interdisciplinary in nature. It is published in partnership with the Office of Graduate Studies and Falvey Memorial Library.

Typically, CLAS holds an annual CONCEPT publication release celebration and reception event in Falvey Memorial Library each spring; however, due to the impact of COVID-19 and the physical campus closure, the in-person launch of the journal was not possible this year. Instead, CLAS held a digital launch of CONCEPT in order to commemorate the many contributions of journal authors, student and faculty editors, and peer reviewers who put in a great amount of work to make CONCEPT possible. You can learn more about the digital launch efforts here.

This year’s edition of CONCEPT, which is the 43rd volume in the series, features papers covering a wide range of subjects including Communication, History, Psychology, English, Gender and Women’s Studies, Theatre, as well as Classical Studies. Please check out the CONCEPT website for full PDFs of the papers featured in the current issue.

We are proud to highlight the Library’s very own Daniella Snyder ’20 MA, Communication and Marketing Graduate Assistant, as a Graduate Student Editor for CONCEPT. We would also like to recognize Library staff member Dave Uspal for his technical support of the journal.

Falvey Memorial Library would like to congratulate all of the faculty, staff, and students involved in CONCEPT 2020!

 


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Regina Duffy is a Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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How-to-Guide: Selecting a Journal for Publication

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By Alfred Fry

Do you have trouble selecting a journal for your publication?  Should you publish in that journal that sent you an email? Falvey Memorial Library has created a “How-to Guide” called “Selecting a Journal for Publication” that will help you on this topic.

The guide has several sections. Identifying Journals provides several tools that will suggest journals in your field.  Journal Metrics provides you with tools for assessing journals.  Open Access Publishing will introduce you to journals with a different funding model. Author’s Rights will help you understand the rights you have and might be signing away when you publish. Finally, Writing Guides will link you to physical and electronic books that will help you write for publication.

This is just one of the new or updated How-to Guides.

 


 

Alfred Fry is Science and Engineering Librarian at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 



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When the Comet is Right: Proving Lovecraft’s Astronomical Observations

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Falvey Library’s Distinctive Collections and Villanova Astronomy Faculty collaborated in order to show that H.P. Lovecraft, famed horror writer, viewed Halley’s Comet in his recently acquired one-of-a-kind astronomical journal, now available to the public online.

“This manuscript—hitherto held privately—has long been a ‘Holy Grail’ to scholars of Lovecraft eager explore connections between Lovecraft’s literary output and his ventures into amateur science and journalism. Villanova University brings a commitment to open scholarship for a global community of inquiry by sharing rare resources,  such as this manuscript, through making high resolution digital surrogates freely available,” says Michael Foight, Director of Distinctive Collections and Digital Engagement.

One class of Villanova undergraduate students received a chance to view them in person, as Foight brought Lovecraft’s astronomical journal as well as other rare documents for a special presentation. It was a unique opportunity to look over primary works by prominent figures in the field, including Galileo, and another way Falvey staff reach out to the community to enrich the academic experience.

But the students were also on hand to see history, literature, and astronomy lead to discovery.

Edward Guinan, PhD, Professor of Astronomy & Astrophysics, and Frank Maloney, PhD, Associate Professor, Astronomy & Astrophysics, used software to recreate the sky the night that Lovecraft indicated he made a rare observation of Halley’s Comet.

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A page from the digitized astronomical journal of H.P. Lovecraft showing Halley’s Comet.

It turns out that, exactly as the author indicated, Halley’s comet was visible on May 26, 1910, 9 p.m., in the exact direction indicated.

Lovecraft’s work, which is heavily influenced by astronomy and mythology, may have roots in this unearthed journal, which was used by Lovecraft from age 18 to 25.

Currently, S.T. Joshi, a leading Lovecraft biographer, is reviewing the recently digitized journal. There are also scholars around the world poring over the work for new revelations about Lovecraft’s work.

Falvey Library is helping write a new chapter in Lovecraft’s legacy*, one which still holds the imagination of authors today, from Stephen King to Brian Lumley to Jordan Peele.

 

* Note: In recent years, Lovecraft has been criticized for his personal views, including strong racism, which resulted in his appearance being removed from the statute given for lifetime achievement in the World Fantasy Awards.


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Shawn Proctor is Communication and Marketing Manager at Falvey Library. His favorite Lovecraft story is “The Shadow Over Innsmouth.”


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Last Modified: November 18, 2019