>ETA: Read the comments if you haven’t already done so. Thanks to my readers and commenters, there’s really good stuff there! ETA (2): Ooh! And now Dr. Crazy and Horace have taken it up, and broadened the discussion beyond us medievalists. (I love Crazy’s Star Trek / Lost in Space / Heroes analogy!)
In the comments to a post at In the Middle (unfortunately, I can’t remember where or how it came up), JJC posited that the trifecta of article publications for a medievalist in literature was Exemplaria, JMEMS (ETA: that’s Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies for the uninitiated), and Speculum. For me that’s one down, two to go, and in fact, I’ve been thinking for some time that I need to develop two projects that I’ve only been toying with until now, and to develop them with eye towards each of the journals I haven’t published in yet.
Other than the one journal I have published in — my first article, actually; and now reprinted in a large collection of essays meant to represent the “state of the field” in that particular area (how cool is that?) — my articles, both published and forthcoming, are all in essay collections.
That’s not the way to be visible, is it? That’s both a rhetorical question and a real one, because while that’s my impression, I also want to know what you think. Do journal articles “matter” more than articles in collections in terms of visibility and weight on your CV? (And btw, I know there are different practices out there, but here I’m talking about essay collections that were peer reviewed, both at the individual article level and at the level of the whole collection. So in those terms, they have equal weight.)
And after tenure (assuming that the provost, president, and board sign off on mine — still haven’t heard from them), is publication visibility just about professional reputation and influence? And how much does that matter in promotion to full professor? I mean, presumably one wants one’s work read so that it has an influence on the field, but beyond that, what choices should a person be making in terms of where to place things, and why?
No dogs were mentioned — and certainly not harmed! — in the creation of this post.