Times & Seasons is proud to announce an innovative partnership with BYU Studies, a leading venue for Mormon Studies scholarship and publishing. Every form has its forte: the pace and prestige of the scholarly journal allows it to develop in-depth, peer-reviewed content; the accessibility and openness of the blog allows for efficient distribution and ongoing discussion. Through this significant collaboration with BYU Studies, we hope to bring the premium content of the journal to the dynamic readership of Times & Seasons: we think everyone will benefit, most particularly our remarkably interested and interesting readers.
Here’s how it will work. BYU Studies has agreed to make available to T&S readers some of its premium content, otherwise unavailable online. With each installment of the “Mormon Studies Periodically” feature, the selected article will be available for T&S readers to view for two weeks. During that time, we request (and fervently hope to see!) discussion of the piece in the comments; we will post a number of related questions with each installment which we hope will elicit and guide comments, and we will invite the authors to participate with us in the discussion. We’re very pleased initially to launch this series in partnership with BYU Studies, and we expect that future installments will feature more of their premiere content as well as articles from other leading Mormon Studies periodicals.
This series will provide our readers with a caliber of peer-reviewed scholarship that’s unrivaled in the bloggernacle, but it will also command a slightly higher entry fee: reading an academic article requires more time and care than the average blog post. But we hope that the start-up cost will yield real dividends in the comment section: we’d like to see well-informed and thoughtful contributions, a sort of improvisatory open-forum round-table for informed lay readers. We specifically invite your responses to the posted questions, but you’re also welcome to pose your own questions to the article’s author, and we expect the conversation to follow its organic course. Enjoy!