Reviews in Digital Humanities is a pilot of a peer-reviewed journal that facilitates scholarly evaluation of digital humanities work and its outputs. This may include, but is not limited to: digital archives, multimedia or multimodal scholarship, digital exhibits, visualizations, digital games, digital tools, and digital projects. Importantly, it is expected that the outputs selected for review in this journal will blend humanistic and technological inquiry. The goal of Reviews in Digital Humanities is to foster critical discourse about digital scholarship in a format useful to other scholars.
The journal responds to the challenge of the growth of the number and scale of digital projects outpacing review opportunities in existing journals. As such, it intervenes by bridging a gap in the evaluation of digital projects by arranging for peer review of digital scholarship. Upon a project’s “acceptance,” as determined by peer reviewers, Reviews in Digital Humanities will publish 500-word overviews written by project directors along with the reviews submitted by members of the digital humanities communities. Accompanying the journal is a registry of digital scholarship, comprised of projects submitted for review. Projects will be listed in the registry regardless of their status in the review process, unless otherwise requested by project directors.
Noting that similar endeavors have been largely unsuccessful in the past and in consultation with those who have engaged in such work previously, the editors have designed a review process and editorial board structure that we believe can build the capacity of our scholarly communities to peer review digital scholarship. This is particularly crucial to support ongoing digital scholarship and community-building in critical ethnic, African diaspora, indigenous, Latinx, and postcolonial studies, among others.