[KS] Restatement of list policies

Robert Provine provine at umd.edu
Tue Nov 13 10:48:02 EST 2001

Dear KoreanStudies list:

Virtually all of you have arrived automatically on this new discussion list
that replaces the former korean-studies moderated list.  It may be a good idea
to remind you of the basic list policies as regards content of messages, so I
am appending below a copy of the text on the main list Web page.  Basically it
is a matter of academic content, common sense, and etiquette.

Best wishes,

Rob Provine


KoreanStudies is an international, English-language, nonpartisan, moderated
electronic discussion group on Korea.  The list welcomes academic discussions
on any aspect of Korean Studies.  It may also be used for posting
announcements of publications, job vacancies, requests for bibliographic
information, and so forth.  However, the KoreanStudies list adheres to strict
academic standards and limits frequent participation to academics and other
professionals in Asian studies.  Presently, the list has about 350
subscribers, many of whom are established Korea specialists. Only messages
with substantial Korean Studies content or with content that will be of wide
interest within the discipline will be posted.  All postings will be
permanently stored online. While the KoreanStudies discussion list is similar
to an academic seminar, open only to those with a serious academic commitment
to Korean Studies, its Mailing List Archives as well as the Korean Studies
Review (an electronic review journal of works pertaining to Korean Studies)
are available to all.  Postings from this forum may be quoted but, with the
exception of job and conference announcements, are not to be reprinted in full
elsewhere without the express permission of the author.  In any case, we ask
that proper credit be given to the author and to the KoreanStudies list, and
that the date of posting be given. 

The primary purpose of KoreanStudies is to enable Korea scholars to
communicate current research and teaching interests; to discuss new articles,
books, papers, approaches, methods and tools of analysis; to test new ideas
and share comments and tips on teaching.  Relevant academic job announcements,
and fellowship announcements may also be posted. Organizers of conferences and
symposia in Asian Studies are encouraged to post calls for papers and program
contents.  Similarly, we encourage graduate students to post abstracts of
their doctoral dissertations.  Reports on new archival or bibliographic
sources, new software, datasets or CD-ROMs are also welcome. 

We emphasize that KoreanStudies is a moderated list. Posts are to be solid,
thoughtful, and to the point.  The list moderators will screen all incoming
messages to eliminate "spam" and other inappropriate commercial solicitations,
private e-mail, messages that do not fit adequately into scholarly debate, and
attachments of any kind.  Chitchat is to be kept to a minimum, as is
disproportionate quotation of other messages.  We also discourage discussion
so heated that it may be construed as personal, and we will not publish
messages that pursue debate in an overly aggressive fashion or contain ad
hominem attacks.  Although we realize that this is a controversial position,
we maintain it because we believe that a professional tone is conducive to
academic inquiry—as well as to the comfort of the subscribers of the moderated
list.  The list moderators will not censor ideas that are presented, but we
will do our utmost to ensure that clearly irrelevant, unprofessional and
impolite materials do not appear on the list. 

We also reserve the right to make minor editorial changes (e.g. spelling
corrections) as needed.  If the message is accepted but more substantial
editing is required, the message will be returned to the author with changes
for approval or with a request for rewriting. 

Please note that while the list moderators' decision about messages is final
and list moderation policy will not be discussed on the list itself, the
moderators are happy to respond to concerns privately.

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