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Support and enrich a list of Digital Humanities journals

A bit more than one year ago, we (Giovanni Colavizza, Gianmarco Spinaci, and myself) wanted to measure, to some extent, the relationship that Digital Humanities (DH) research has with other scholarly disciplines. We based our work on quantitative data from several bibliographic and citation data sources (including OpenCitations). We discovered that DH publications in journals are connected primarily to Computer Science, Linguistics, Psychology, and Pedagogical & Educational Research, and we also speculated that DH research might act as a hub for CS methods to diffuse in Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) disciplines.

I do not want to expand on this discussion here. Still, if you are curious, the article introducing the whole work has been published in open access in Digital Scholarship in the Humanities. However, there is one collateral outcome of such research that I want to re-introduce here: the list we created to identify DH publications (in journals), i.e., the List of DH Journals.

As of 27 April 2024, this list (shown below) contains 145 journals classified according to four distinct categories: exclusively (meaning that the journal is wholly devoted to publishing DH articles), significantly (a significant set of publications dealing with DH), marginally (only a tiny set of publications are DH), and mega-journal (for those vast venues that may publish articles relevant to the DH but not primarily).

The screenshot of the first seven items of the List of DH Journals, available at https://dhjournals.github.io/list/.

The list has been created through three iterations. First, DH experts participated in a crowdsourcing activity to define an initial set of DH journals. Then, an enrichment conveyed via citation links followed, and finally, a final merge with additional lists available online.

While it is a valuable asset, e.g., as a place to search for a suitable venue to publish DH research, the list has not been updated in a year or so. Still, it may miss some relevant journals since, for instance, some local journals may not be highlighted in the analysis, considering that, besides the crowdsourcing activity, the majority of the journals have been added via an automatic process looking at data in bibliographic and citation indexes that we know miss several relevant venues, in particular in the SSH domain.

Thus, here is my call to the DH community: what do you think about extending it with more titles by creating a new issue on the GitHub repository?

(And, honestly, why not push some international DH associations, e.g. ADHO, to adopt and maintain it?)