Readers will be familiar with the decision by Ashgate Press’s parent company Informa (which also owns Taylor & Francis, Routledge, and Garland) to close its Burlington, VT office. Though we can discuss the practice of having one reviewer for manuscripts, no one can contest that Ashgate has published stellar work in the early modern period. Indeed, it has added voices and diversity, enriching and broadening an academic conversation that is tightly controlled.
More information on the decision can be found here at Inside Higher Ed, at Burlington’s own 7 Days, and on the website below. I have not published with Ashgate myself, though I have served as a reader. For the record, I am all for the practice of having two readers. But I also think that Ashgate’s departure results in a loss of voices, diminishing the academy.
If you are interested in learning more, or in contributing to the petition, please see Rabia Gregory’s web site and petition.