Early Modern E-prints is now up and running. At the moment it’s very small, but I have plenty more entries to add over the coming months.
You can help out if you know of examples of the following, on any early modern (ie, c.1500-1800) topic:
1. Research papers and publications archived at academics’ personal webpages, which can be particularly hard to track down.
2. Articles, chapters, papers and so on from sources (journals, books, e-seminars, etc) that aren’t specifically devoted to early modern history (this may include graduate student journals, as long as they’re peer-reviewed).
3. Free samples (eg, book chapters) from publishers’ websites.
4. Postgraduate theses and dissertations.
Just leave a comment, or send an email, with the links (or at least enough information that I could find them through Google).
Apart from the basic requirement of being free to access, they must be ‘proper’ academic research publications or papers (peer-reviewed, heavy on text and argument and referencing, etc – the kind of thing you’d tend to print out to read rather than browse on a screen). This can include historiographical discussions, but I’m not looking for book reviews unless they’re substantial review essays (I already have a book reviews resource page, and there are millions of the things out there). Also, I’m not going to include anything from Google Book Search or Amazon’s text search facility.
I hope that eventually there will be full-scale open access repositories for history and this resource will no longer be needed. But in the meantime it should help to facilitate access to good quality academic research for people who are studying early modern history but don’t have access to well-stocked university libraries, and it may also encourage the development of open access publishing/archiving by historians.