Publication Support in Gender Studies: Objectives and Projects
The Publication Support department at the Margherita von Brentano Center was headed by Dr. Anita Runge until 2020 and aimed to initiate flagship projects for modern publishing under open-access terms, which improve networking and communication within the interdisciplinary community.
Components of the Publication Support Program were:
- querelles-net (journal of book reviews)
- QJB (Querelles. Jahrbuch für Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung [Querelles: Yearbook of Women’s and Gender Studies])
- Monographs (1985–2007)
- Infrastructure development:
- BMFB project: “Open Gender Platform” (2017-2020)
- German Research Foundation (DFG) project: “A Repository for Gender Studies” (2016-2020)
- German Research Foundation (DFG) project: “Gender Studies and Open Access: A Publication Model for an Inter-/Trans-Disciplinary Field of Research” (2011-2012)
- Workshops on publishing monographs and academic articles (at the Dahlem Research School and elsewhere)
From 1985 to 2015, the Center for the Promotion of Women’s and Gender Studies had a Publication Support department (led by Dr. Anita Runge), which supported scholars’ publication of their findings and conducted projects to professionalize and modernize the publication process. This department continued its work at the Margherita von Brentano Center.
The 2009 conversion of the querelles-net book review magazine from an electronic publication to a genuinely open-access periodical was the first step toward a thorough realignment. The aim was not only for Gender Studies to participate in the latest technical and legal trends in publishing, but for it to be instrumental in shaping these trends in the interests of the scholarly field and the scholars who work within it.