Special Issue on Pandemics

This specialized publication will be built around short bibliographical essays written by specialists in relevant fields. Each essay will be linked to a specialized bibliography on key works in the field. The main editors for this project are Stephen Weldon and Neeraja Sankaran. We are always looking for collaborators, so if you have an interest in contributing in any way, please contact us at: isisbibliography @ gmail . com.

Articles and authors

In addition to a simple keyword breakdown, we are asking contributors to focus on specific areas and specific literatures. We have already contacted a number of authors and we have four who have agreed to produce some essays.

  • Secondary Source Bibliographical Essay Assignments:
    • The black death in the middle ages — Monica Green (Independent Scholar, Phoenix, Arizona)
    • History of pandemics in East Asia/China — Robert Peckham (University of Hong Kong)Microbes — James Stark (University of Leeds)
    • History of pandemics in South East Asia — Vivek Neelakantan (Independent Historian of Medicine, Southeast Asia, India)
    • French language resources in history of pandemics — Pierre-Olivier Méthot (Université Laval)
    • Microbes — James Stark (University of Leeds)
    • Surveillance and diagnostics — Claas Kirchhelle (University of Oxford)
    • Epidemiology — Gordon McOuat (University of King’s College, Halifax)
  • Primary Source Essay and Bibliography
    • “Pandemics in the Popular Magazine Scientific American, 1848-1920″ by Lewis Laska (Tennessee State University)

Plan for the volume

In order to produce a guide to resources that might be used to help instructors and students, we are trying to isolate keywords that have already been used in the IsisCB to tag texts that have covered different aspects of pandemics across the century. Each of these keywords will be the basis for a bibliographical discussion.

Among the keywords we have identified so far are the following:

  • Synonyms and parallel terms: Pandemic, Influenza, Epidemic, Plague, Infectious disease, Vaccine
  • Keywords related to scientific study: Virology, Microbiology, Microbe,
  • Specific diseases: Plague, Influenza, SARS, COVID-19, AIDS
  • Social aspects of pandemics: Quarantine, Surveillance, Social distancing,
  • Institutional responses: Public health,

Publication and open peer review

One of the important elements of this volume is timeliness. We think it is important to have contributions accessible as soon as they have been completed, with peer review following the initial web-based publication. In this respect, we will be using an open peer review system, similar to the Wellcome Open Research publications (see their description here). This means that articles will be visible and citable even before peer review has been finished. All versions of the articles will be accessible.

After the articles are completed and accepted, we will collect them along with their related bibliographies in a single publication, which will be available online as a PDF. We anticipate that the final volume would not be ready until 2021.


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