Boston College E-Journals Spotlight

The Medical Humanities Journal has already been publishing content by Boston College students since the student e-journal’s founding almost ten years ago. However, this year it is making use of the Open Journal Systems platform to create DOIs, establish preservation, and to simplify indexing in Google Scholar and open access repositories like the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

Journal cover: a painting of a night scene at the entrance of a grey building, full of inviting shades of pink to blue.
The Medical Humanities Journal has published nine issues and is working on migrating their content to Open Journal Systems at Boston College.

Lumen et Vita, one of Boston College Libraries most read E-journals, recently published their 2023 spring issue on the heels of their recent symposium. This year’s issue focuses on a theme of faith and doubt: three articles make up an examination of faith and doubt in the context of the rapid pace of events in the twenty-first century.

A gold colored logo of the words "LUMEN ET VITA" on a stylized book with a sunburst behind it.
Lumen et Vita has been in publication since 2011. In 2015, the journal moved to a twice-per-year publication schedule.
The title DIANOIA in English and Greek hovers in front of a classical painting of sailboats anchored and sailing near shore.
Dianoia is edited by undergraduates in the Philosophy department of Boston College. They publish articles, reviews, and interviews and have been in publication since 2012.

In Psychology, Spark, a new student E-journal, has put out a call for submissions with an aim of publishing their first issue in the fall. Spark seeks to collect undergraduate work in the field of psychology to share to a wider audience at Boston College and in the global psychology community. 

Another well established undergraduate E-journal set to publish their 10th edition is Boston College’s undergraduate philosophy journal, Dianoia. The Journal is holding their release symposium for their tenth edition later this month. Dianoia has managed to build a robust readership from scholars over the past ten years, which can be seen in the visualization below:

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