Portuguese Studies Review

ISSN 1057-1515
Semi-annual
Appearing since 1991
Formerly published by the ICGP (International Conference Group on Portugal)
The PSR is an international academic forum for the study of countries, regions, communities, and institutions sharing, exploring, transforming, or developing a Portuguese, Brazilian, or other Luso-related heritage  
Multi-lingual peer-reviewed research journal. Articles, review essays, and book reviews in English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish    
     
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Welcome to the Portuguese Studies Review

Beyond the mid-2010s

We are a long way past the PSRs beginnings in the early 1990s. More than a few thousand pages past those beginnings. Plus a number of collected volumes dealing with topics that ranged from Atlantic history to Indian Ocean economics, art in Brazil, artistic perceptions of Brazil, Macau, women in the Lusophone world, Angola and Mozambique, East Timor, Portuguese communities in Canada, patrimony and conservation, and other key themes. New volumes of conference proceedings are about to launch. Collected papers (medieval and early modern) in honor of Francis Dutra, papers from the Colloque International "Portugal Inside and Out" (Université de Montréal, 16-18 octobre 2013), a thematic volume "Exploring the Crossroads and Perspectives of Lusophone Studies", the Angola papers from the Inaugural LSA Conference, York University (Ontario), 29 Oct.-1 Nov. 2013, and others. Three more monographs are expected very soon in the PSR Monographs Series, as well as new core translations into English of classic Portuguese sources (in particular a new translation of the Esmeraldo de Situ Orbis and the first ever English translation of the Manuscrito de Valentim Fernandes, involving a rigorous comparison between published Portuguese texts and the original in the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Munich)). Pumping out new original content at a high rate, with next to nil institutional support. The new PSR is setting the bar a little higher.

The PSR at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, 1-2 (and then to 6) July 2014 

The PSR was represented at the Lusophone Studies Association Conference "Considering the Lusophone World: Transnational, Multicultural, and Cosmopolitan Perspectives", 1-2 July 2014, Lisbon, Universidade Nova de Lisboa. Local da conferência: Lisboa | FCSH/NOVA | Avenida de Berna, 26 | Edifício ID | sala Multiusos 3 (piso 4). The Chief Editor of the PSR was at the conference, available to give information, and then remained in Lisbon to do research and to liaise about the PSR. Materials from our conference display made their way to quite a few corners of the UNova as well as to the Canadian Embassy and other venues. As the conference was winding down with a business meeting, our website remake went on-line. It promises to be a very long hot summer yet, and there is much to accomplish. "A vontade é de ferro no meu peito / Mais feroz que a ânsia da saudade / ..." ("Qualquer coisa me anima" [fado tradicional, interpretado por muitos fadistas vadios]). The LSA Conference Schedule and Program are available here: PSR issues and/or volumes of collected studies reflecting the conference content, expanding on it, or tied into the general themes are in the planning stage.

Digital Shake-Up
Well, the PSR did not really need any. All our pre-press production was fully digital ten years ago. A jump, last year, to more flexible open-source software and to more versatile production platforms was only an elaboration on what we have been doing all the time anyway. The PSR can be previewed on Google Books now, but the only thing it took was the click-click-click to put up our existing content, once the decision was made as to where we would actually commit to post. No awkard "conversion"--none was necessary. We were already fully there. One of the main changes being phased in now is a digital bookstore for our items. A mini-bookstore where you can be sure that proceeds are ploughed back into the journal, into quality editing, and into promoting research, not into boosting shareholder value for a mega-corp. Our content will probably also become available on a single carefully selected reseller node, in addition to the library service aggregators that we are signed up with, but we are reluctant to degrade the PSR to the level of "wash, rinse, and repeat" free-of-charge content boost for multiple online middlemen who have had zero part in actually creating new and original research content and whose only "contribution" would be to have made (or hired someone to make) a shopping cart webspace from boilerplate code stock.

 

Building on Twenty-Three Years of Tradition
Whichever way one looks at it, the Portuguese Studies Review is by now an "institution": a solidly established journal with twenty-three years of continuous publication. If we take into account the PSR's precusor, the Portuguese Studies Newsletter, the roots go even deeper, exactly thirty-eight years deep. The world has changed utterly since the Newsletter first appeared in 1976. Even since 1991 the academic scene and the world of publishing have become very different--not always for the better. It has been two decades and a half (almost) of lights and shadows since the year when Vol. 1 of the PSR was published at the University of New Hampshire under the editorship of Prof. Douglas Wheeler and within the framework of the International Conference Group on Portugal (ICGP)). What has not changed is the PSRs commitment to scholarship and to new approaches.

The PSR and the LSA
The PSR is now affiliated with the Lusophone Studies Association operating from York University, Toronto, Canada. The relationship is mutually beneficial in terms of exposure and high visibility. The PSR has maintained its editorial independence, however. The decisions what to publish and how to publish are driven by what the PSR has always remained committed to: core research, innovative scholarship, rigorous peer assessment, and the ultimate editorial freedom to publish controversial items that deviate from consensus but pass all the required quality checks. The Association, the PSR, and Portuguese studies worldwide are all better off as a result of this rugged approach.

 

The PSR Monograph Series
The advice one hears these days ranges from "don't start anything new in an era of politically engineered neo-liberal cutbacks" all the way to "so many new opportunities in the digital era, as we hurtle toward a technological Kurzweil Singularity". As many opinions as there are fingers tapping them on keyboards and pads and whatever. If one listened to it all, one would end up never doing anything--just tracking the opinions, the capricious (pseudo)ratings, and the quantifiable "like/don't like" machine-generated white noise. So the PSR has decided not to listen (we have actually put headphones on and listened to something else). We did what we have been doing for a long time now--"Quem for voluntário, sai e forma. Quem não quiser sair, fica aqui!" The result? A series of independent research monographs.

The PSR and Baywolf Press
The PSR has partnered with an independent small-label publisher, Baywolf Press. Right now, the operation is based on the concept of every penny from PSR-related sales being ploughed back into keeping the Review running and into promoting Portuguese studies research worldwide. Baywolf Press takes no cut. On the contrary. If you buy Baywolf Press books, you are supporting future publications for yourself and your colleagues. The PSR namely runs on a shoestring budget, and is already lean beyond what even the most brain-fever-stricken gurus of neo-liberalism would consider sane.

Some will ask: so what about the PSR and Trent University? Trent University is only our academic "facilitator"--an address--and never has been anything more. The PSR gets no support beyond a bit of server space for the website (which nowadays we could get elsewhere, also for free, with no trouble at all) and the processing of a part of PSR payments and purchases through Accounting. Trent University does not promote us or "feature" us in any way or fashion and does not interfere, we promote Trent University only indirectly (simply by virtue of the webspace address). Clear, simple, fair enough. Our mirror site, for just in case we happen to lose the Trent one, is http://www.maproom44.com/psr.

 
The PSR and Interdisciplinary Research

From the very beginning, the PSR has been fully committed to interdisciplinary research. The Review's core mandate is to mix and match among fields and disciplines. There are many niche, micro-niche, and otherwise specialized journals and reviews. The PSR never intended to be just one more among the crowd of publications addressing a narrow "club" audience. The very nature of the Lusophone area--global well before "global" was thought up and became fashionable--makes this approach viable and justified.

Standard Volumes and Special Issues
The hallmark of PSR publishing, for many years now, has been the production of thematic and collected items. This makes our recent diversification into the area of research monographs entirely natural. Quite regularly, the PSR has organized and facilitated the publication of conference proceedings or made it possible for Guest Editors to take over the organizational side and put together specially designed or targeted issues or entire volumes. Many of our Special Volumes or Issues have been in the 300- to 500-page range, monographs or collected volumes in all but name. The device makes it possible for libraries to acquire the content at the price of a journal subscription (and we have kept our rates extremely low), instead of paying for books that, as such, would be priced considerably higher. In other words, academic libraries get conference proceedings and "monographs" at a fraction of the book market cost and are guaranteed their price. Plus, the library subscription includes shipping.

 
Access and Distribution

Look for us at Gale/CENGAGE and EBSCOhost e-resource and database centers in your subscribing library (our abstracts will also be restreamed at ProQuest, soon). We are on the waiting list for JSTOR. Ask your library to subscribe. Or subscribe in person. Previews of the PSR are available through Google Books.

BIBLID
National Library of Canada Cataloguing Record
Portuguese Studies Review
ISSN 1057-1515 print
Semiannual
v. : ill. : 23 cm
1. Portugal–Civilization–Periodicals. 2. Africa, Portuguese-speaking–Civilization–Periodicals. 3. Brazil–Civilization–Periodicals. 4. Portugal–Civlisation–Périodiques. 5. Afrique lusophone– Civilisation–Périodiques. 6. Brésil–Civilisation–Périodiques.
DP532             909/.0917/5691005 21

Library of Congress Cataloguing Record
Portuguese Studies Review
ISSN 1057-1515 print
Semiannual
v. : ill. : 23 cm
1. Portugal–Civilization–Periodicals. 2. Africa, Portuguese-speaking–Civilization–Periodicals. 3. Brazil–Civilization–Periodicals.
DP532 .P67       909/.091/5691 20 92-659516


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