New Book Series: “Intoxicating Histories” from McGill-Queen’s University Press

New book series coming from McGill-Queen’s University Press: “Intoxicating Histories,” with series editors by Virginia Berridge, Erika Dyck, and Noelle Plack.

Whether on the street, off the shelf, or over the pharmacy counter, interactions with drugs and alcohol are shaped by contested ideas about addiction, healing, pleasure, and vice and their social dimensions. Books in this series explore how people around the world have consumed, created, traded, and regulated intoxicating substances throughout history. The series connects research on drugs and alcohol with diverse areas of historical inquiry, including the histories of medicine, consumption, trade, law, social policy, and popular culture. Its reach is global and includes scholarship on all periods. Intoxicating Histories aims to link these different pasts as well as to inform the present by providing a firmer grasp on contemporary debates and policy issues. We welcome books, whether scholarly monographs or shorter texts for a broad audience focusing on a particular phenomenon or substance, that alter the state of knowledge.

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Authors are invited to submit manuscript proposals by e-mail to the series editors and/or acquisitions editors:
∙ Virginia Berridge, Series Editor, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, virginia.berridge@lshtm.ac.uk
∙ Erika Dyck, Series Editor, University of Saskatchewan, erika.dyck@usask.ca
∙ Noelle Plack, Series Editor, Newman University-Birmingham, n.plack@staff.newman.ac.uk
∙ Richard Baggaley, Acquisitions Editor, richard.baggaley.mqup@mcgill.ca
∙ Kyla Madden, Acquisitions Editor, kyla.madden@mcgill.ca

For more information on submitting a proposal and publishing with McGill-Queen’s University Press, visit the Publishing With Us page at http://www.mqup.ca.

McGill-Queen’s University Press is a scholarly publisher that defends, refutes, and creates fresh interpretations of the world. With over 3,000 books in print and numerous awards and bestsellers, our goal is to produce peer-reviewed, rigorously edited, beautifully produced, intelligent, interesting books.

Overnight Reading: The Future of Academic Publishing

Here’s some overnight food for thought from Michael P. Taylor, research associate in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Bristol:

“By any objective standard, academic publishing is a very strange business indeed. It became established at a time when all publishing was on paper, when duplication and delivery were demanding problems, and when publishers provided an important service to researchers. Now, as the Internet is dramatically changing other forms of publishing, academic journals seem stuck in the 1980s, with results both comical and disastrous.”

Read Taylor’s thoughts in full at TheScientist.com.  An editorial hat tip to Ron Roizen for bringing this to our attention!