The wheel is come full circle. Shakespeare ~ King Lear
The Quarterly is doing well. The number of monthly visits to our website is steadily increasing, and we receive a lot of article submissions, as well as full text books. In the coming months we will reveal a few new sections of the website. What started as a pamphlet for the books we published, is well on the way to becoming a platform where science, journalism and debate meet.
In the past year, 2016, we have made some choices. The most visible of those is the diminished role of our publishing company, Rozenberg Publishers. Although we will still publish some books, there will not be many new titles annually. See also: http://rozenbergquarterly.com/publishers/
Because nothing is more fun than making a newspaper, our attention will mainly be focused on the RQ. In accordance with our mission statement, we want to develop it into a full-fledged platform for academics, scientists, journalists, authors and artists, in order to offer background information and scholarly reflections that contribute to mutual understanding and dialogue in a seemingly divided world. By offering this platform, the Quarterly wants to be part of the public debate because we believe mutual understanding and the acceptance of diversity are vital conditions for universal progress.
I have come full circle by choosing to focus on the Quarterly. The picture shows me on the Nieuwstad in Leeuwarden, selling monthly magazine Kaktus – a magazine we published with tremendous pleasure in 1971/72. We not only dissected and sometimes destroyed local politics, we also had a pretty good vision of how the world should and could be.
On Saturdays we took to the streets to try and sell our print run of 500 copies. After a year we had to quit. We were too successful, which led to ideological discussions that bring a smile to my face when I think about them.
Not much has changed. Making a newspaper is still the best thing there is. One thing that has changed, is that today we would like to get as many readers as possible. And we dream about those readers hitting the donate button at least once a year. So we might just reach a couple million readers in five years, who believe in the power of reading. To us that means the sharpening of the imagination. It makes the world a bigger place.
Finally, some practical information:
Telephone in the mobile age
Because we work remotely, and in different places most of the time, we no longer have a fixed office phone line.
Five years have come and gone, and we could not be more pleased. What started as an extensive, online flyer for the books we published, has become a fully grown website with over 2500 articles filling 424 pages.
Visits to the website continue to increase. This month, March 2016, we will be welcoming 20.000 monthly visitors to the site.
We can break these numbers down into the following categories. There’s still slightly more male than female visitors: 54 to 46 percent.
Sixty percent of our visitors is younger than 35 years old. Eleven percent is over 55.
23% of visits come from the USA, the Netherlands is second with 13%. New in the top 10 of visiting countries are Zimbabwe (3rd place with 7.6%) and Sudan (4th place with 7.4%). Kenya is in 5th place with 5.3%. Rozenberg Quarterly has had visits from 163 countries.
We are lucky enough to be in the luxury position of receiving many article submissions. Over 250 articles are currently awaiting publication. We also have 24 full text books lined up for publication on the website.
But all this expansion and the fact that we want to expand the site even more means we need funding to keep it up and running. Besides calling on our readers for donations, we have recently begun placing Google Ads, but other advertisers are welcome.
And if your institute or department is interested in presenting publications in a dedicated section, please contact us to discuss the possibilities and pricing options.
Visits to the site continue to increase. This month, May 2015, we are approaching 15.000 monthly visitors. A 50% increase compared to last year. We are seeing an exceptionally large increase in the last 2 months, since in January we had 9.000 monthly visitors on average.
When we break down the numbers, there’s still slightly more male visitors to the site than female: 54 to 46 percent.
Sixty percent of our visitors is younger than 35 years old. Eleven percent is over 55.
Sixty-five percent of our visitors is on a desktop computer, 27% uses their mobile phone and 8% is reading this on a tablet.
The rise of the USA in the top 10 of visiting countries is notable. Almost a third of our visitors is from that country (27.8%). Also notable is the rise of Kenya, which is now 4th behind the Netherlands and South Africa. People from 154 countries have visited the Quarterly, although 26 countries only supplied a single visitor.
Together, they visited 160.928 articles between May 18, 2014 and May 18, 2015.
Top 10 of most visited pages/articles:
1. Home page ~ 12.317 visits
2. Sabelo J. Ndlovu-Gatsheni – The Ndebele Nation ~ 11.886
3. Heinz Kimmerle – Ubuntu and Communalism in African Philosophy and Art ~ 10.943
4. Knud S. Larsen, Reidar Ommundsen & Kees van der Veer – Attraction and Relationships ~ 10.807
5. Immanuel Wallerstein – Is another world really possible? ~ 8.916
6. Anthony Court – Hannah Arendt’s Theory of Totalitarianism – Part One ~ 5.452
7. Anthony Court – Hannah Arendt’s Theory of Totalitarianism – Part Two ~ 4.238
8. Anshu Padayachee & Ashwin Desai- Post Apartheid South Africa and the Crisis of Expectation – DPRN Four ~ 2.400
9. Jan Bart Gewald – Gold, the True Motor of West African History ~2.347
10. Sonia Nieto – Diversity Education: Lessons for a Just World ~ 2.308
We are in the luxury position of receiving many article submissions. Over 300 articles are currently awaiting publication.
We have published 4 new sections in the last few months. Two of them deal with the Great Dutch Empire (East & West Indies), the third one consists of the Proceedings of the IIDE Conferences, and in the fourth we are publishing research by the Bonger Institute.
We are looking to expand the website, which means we need funding. Besides calling on our readers for donations, we will begin placing ads on our website. Starting with Google Ads, but other advertisers are welcome.
If your institute or department is interested in presenting publications in a dedicated section, please contact us.
The International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA) was founded at the end of the First International Conference on Argumentation held at the University of Amsterdam in 1986. ISSA’s main goals – as stated in its Constitution – are:
to promote and improve the extent and quality of research in the field of argumentation theory and its application;
to facilitate the professional cooperation of its members;
to sponsor, organize, or support public and professional meetings in the field of argumentation;
to support or produce publications relevant to these objectives;
and to support and cooperate with individuals and organizations expressing related interests.
Every four years ISSA organizes an international conference in Amsterdam, where ISSA members and others interested in argumentation meet. The ISSA conferences attract a growing number of scholars from every part of the world, representing all kinds of approaches to argumentation and a wide range of academic disciplines: philosophy, (speech) communication, psychology, law, linguistics, classical and modern rhetoric, formal and informal logic, critical thinking, discourse analysis, pragmatics, and artificial intelligence.
The Proceedings of the 2010 Conference – 189 papers containing many important, often cited papers and keynote addresses from prominent argumentation scholars – are now available online in the new ISSA section of this website.
Rozenberg Quarterly will also publish the Proceedings of previous meetings. All these proceedings cover a wide range of subjects, so you can now know what you talk about when you talk about:
(speech) communication, logic (formal and informal), rhetoric (classical and modern), philosophy, linguistics, discourse analysis, pragmatics, law, political science, psychology, education, religious studies, artificial intelligence, argument schemes, classical argumentation theory, critical responses to argumentation, deep disagreement, ethos and pathos, fallacies, the history of argumentation theory, interpersonal argumentation, logic and reason, practical argumentation, premise acceptability, rationality and reasonableness, topoi, the Toulmin model, visual argumentation, argumentation in a cross-cultural perspective, argumentation in controversy, debate, education, science and the media, argumentation in a financial, historical, legal, literary, medical, political and religious context, argumentation and computation, definition, epistemology, ethics, linguistics, persuasion, political philosophy, pragmatics, social psychology, stylistics, and the Internet.
Table of Contents 2014 (Work in Progress)
Table of Contents 2010 (Complete)
Table of Contents 2006 (Work in Progress)
Table Of Contents 2002 (Work in Progress)
Table of Contents 1998 (Work in Progress)
December 1, 2014 – The RQ Celebrating 1800 Posts ~ 300 Pages Of Information, Intelligence, Orientation, Learning & Wisdom. And Some Entertainment.
Cherish forever what makes you unique, ‘cuz you’re really a yawn if it goes – Bette Midler
October 2014. Although a large part of our content is written by academics, let us start out by saying that Rozenberg Quarterly is not an academic journal in the traditional sense.
We aim to show that science can and should support and advance journalism. In order to do this, we have abandoned several rules that are the norm in the world of academic journals. For instance, we do not limit ourselves to one subject nor do we involve ourselves with ranking-, citation- and review systems.
Academics do not live in an ivory tower. In the information society, science should play a supporting role as well as provide a service by delivering information. In our view, this should even be considered one of its main tasks: Make information widely available. Journalism has evolved from merely bringing the news to analyzing it. Science and academics can and should claim their place and expand their role in this process.
Rozenberg Quarterly aims to show that news analysis and investigative journalism benefit from academic articles and books. And it’s beneficial for all parties involved: Journalists gain access to extra (background) information and delve deeper, while academics are able to show that they do not function isolated and outside of mainstream society.
We started this website in 2011, as a platform to promote Rozenberg Publishers’ publications. After a year, we had the idea that it could evolve into a broader platform.
We made this change for several reasons. First of all, we thoroughly enjoyed the concept as it was crystalizing while we were working on it. The second reason is our conviction that we are doing something new in the world of publishing. Third, we want to show that the time has come to start sharing academic information in a different way than it has been traditionally. Last but certainly not least, we would like to contribute to social debates by making high quality material widely available.
In the past two years we have slowly rolled out this concept. We started by making informative, mostly academic articles and full books available for free. We also created separate, dedicated sections focused on relevant social issues, such as the consequences of urbanization, changing health care policies in the Netherlands, and the dilemmas facing the constitutional state.
Role of social sciences
The last few years have seen an attack on the humanities or social sciences. The neo-liberal society has little eye for the ‘soft’ side of science. Rozenberg Quarterly aims to show that society cannot function without social sciences. The world is not made up of statistics alone.
Role of academic publishers
In the world of academic publishing, the publisher plays a curious part. Academics have succumbed to the fact that the publisher puts a value on articles through review- and ranking systems. The fact that the publisher should provide a service seems to have been forgotten.
The open access culture
Since the open access culture (making academic material available for free) will determine the future of academic publishing, it is time to start looking at the publisher’s role. The Dutch government for instance is demanding that from 2016 all academic publications are available for free. However, as of yet there is no demand or intention to debate how that will work. The system, and thus the role of the publisher, has not changed (yet).
The role of science in society
Academic journals are usually very narrowly limited. For each segment of science, there is a journal. It appears that different disciplines should not be combined.
The argument that offering more than a part of something diminishes the quality of the offering, is a strange one. By setting up and using a good network it is possible to offer readers quality information from different disciplines. We choose a relatively broad selection of subjects in order to highlight the social function of science.
The information society
In today’s world, the sheer quantity of information available to readers is mind boggling, but not always easy to find or easy to read. We want to contribute to the media landscape by making unique information available in a clear, accessible and technologically simple manner in order to reach as many readers as possible.
Global & Local
Rozenberg Quarterly has made the choice to be bilingual, by offering texts in English as well as Dutch. Mostly English, in order to serve the world. But since we are based in the Netherlands, we have also created several Dutch sections. Subjects such as health care and the constitutional state play a part in all our lives. Our approach of these subjects, offering research and background information to the news, is another way of showing how science and society are intertwined.
The role of Rozenberg Quarterly
Rozenberg Quarterly sticks its neck out by showing that the combination of different disciplines creates a unique platform where journalism and science advance and promote each other.
The state of business
The success of Rozenberg Quarterly is quantifiable. In May 2014 we surpassed the 10,000 monthly visitors mark for the first time. It means that this year we will have over 100,000 visits to the website. We expect to double this number in 2015.
We have clear plans for the future. Whether we can realize those is mostly dependent on funding. Everything takes time and money, and so far we have mostly invested our own. Besides asking our readers for donations, we are researching the ways in which RQ could be funded with subsidies. We are debating whether or not we should offer parts of our content behind a pay wall, as well as the question whether to put ads on our site.
We are very happy with how Rozenberg Quarterly is evolving. At the time of writing the site has 256 pages (1536 articles in 17 sections/categories), monthly increasing visits and an increasing number of articles and full text books are submitted for publishing (which we would be happy to do). The fact that 54% of our readership is under the age of 35 is an interesting and fun detail. People are still reading and they will continue to do so.