Information Technologies and Mnemonic Technê

I posted this picture on Instagram as a joke, saying that I’m excited about working with book as soon as this semester has ended. One of the things I realized I didn’t do very well in “Architects of Memory” was to highlight key technological moments when/where a small number of people “invented” a type ofContinue reading “Information Technologies and Mnemonic Technê”

Citation Politics, Special Issues, and Identifying “Core” Rhetoric Journals

You can Google “Rhetoric Journals” and find lists, usually from either disciplinary organizations or folks working for libraries, that identify journals that cover rhetoric as an academic subject area. American Rhetoric and The Consortium of Doctoral Programs in Rhetoric and Composition both keep a list, for example. The problem with these types of lists isContinue reading “Citation Politics, Special Issues, and Identifying “Core” Rhetoric Journals”

Where do Citation Metrics Come From?

Frequently when citation metrics are written about in popular press, they are critiqued for their (mis)use and abuse. There’s a lot to be said about why metrics don’t measure what they say they do. The journal impact factor (JIF), for example, highlights how frequently articles in a specific journal are cited within the last fewContinue reading “Where do Citation Metrics Come From?”

Co-Citation Patterns in Rhetoric Society Quarterly and Quarterly Journal of Speech

I was curious to see a sketch of which authors have been foundational for Rhetoric Society Quarterly (RSQ) and Quarterly Journal of Speech (QJS) for the last few years. RSQ has historically seen contributions from people in writing studies and QJS has primarily been a communication journal devoted to rhetoric, although in both cases those differences have been collapsing. To get a rough idea of whoContinue reading “Co-Citation Patterns in Rhetoric Society Quarterly and Quarterly Journal of Speech”

Invisible Colleges in Rhetoric and Composition, Part II

The following chart helps show the distribution of faculty placement that I described here. Here’s a recap of the data and how it was collected. I recorded the names of faculty associated with a rhetoric and composition program from each school listed as a member of the Consortium of Doctoral Programs in Rhetoric and Composition.Continue reading “Invisible Colleges in Rhetoric and Composition, Part II”

Invisible Colleges in Rhetoric and Composition

* updated with a note on data collection 5/2/15 The Invisible College was introduced in Diana Crane’s book Invisible Colleges: Diffusion of Knowledge in Scientific Communities. The idea is a foundational part of sociology of science. Crane suggests that the memberships of knowledge communities influence the diffusion of ideas and what communities come to knowContinue reading “Invisible Colleges in Rhetoric and Composition”

Popular Sources/Authors in Professional and Technical Communication

Professional and Technical Communication is a relatively new field, with a fairly small set of journals that are central to the field. According to studies by Smith and Lowry et al. these are the core PTC journals: The Journal of Business and Technical Communication, IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, The Journal of Technical Writing andContinue reading “Popular Sources/Authors in Professional and Technical Communication”