Character-Set: UTF-8WELCOME TO PSRT-L!

This welcome message is designed to provide you with basic information about this list. It contains information on managing your subscription; tips on contacting and communicating via the list; mailing addresses of the list moderators; a list of the current editorial board; and a directory of basic services provided by PSRT-L and its parent, H-Net.

I. The PSRT-L List: Scope, Content, Purpose.

PSRT-L is a moderated discussion list on the internet which deals with issues of interest to professional political scientists, both researchers and teachers. Submissions from all subfields of political science as well as related disciplines are encouraged. Its partnership with H-Net is established through an agreement with the American Political Science Association.

The list is not intended to serve as a public forum for debate over current issues in politics, as other lists already fill that niche. Rather it is intended to provide an opportunity for political scientists to present their ideas and ongoing research for discussion, to consider the directions in which the discipline is advancing,and to encourage the dissemination of new concepts in research and teaching. Through this list, subscribers and moderators will communicate current research and research interests; discuss new articles, books, papers, approaches, methods and tools of analysis; test new ideas and share comments and tips on teaching. In addition to ongoing discussions, the list regularly re-posts announcements of job openings and upcoming conferences.

II. Our Sponsoring Organization

The Computers and Multimedia Section is an organized section of the American Political Science Association for members of the Association with interest in the use of computers (and multimedia) in teaching, research, and policy applications in political science and all related subfields and disciplines. Its web page is located at:

III. Editors.

The moderators serve two-year renewable terms, with the approval of the H-Net Executive Committee and the APSA, and rotate their duties. The current moderator will be identified in all messages coming from the list. The moderators will solicit postings (by email, phone and even by regular mail), will assist people in subscribing and setting up options, will handle routine inquiries, and will consolidate some postings. The moderators will solicit and post newsletter-type information (calls for conferences, for example, or listings of sessions at conventions.) They will also commission book and article reviews, and post book announcements from publishers. Anyone with suggestions about what PSRT-L can and might do is invited to send in ideas. PSRT-L will be moderated to filter out extraneous messages (like requests for subscription) and items that do not belong on PSRT-L. They may belong somewhere else, or in the judgment of the moderators they do not aid the scholarly dialogue. The moderators will not alter the meaning of messages without the author's permission.

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IV. Communicating Through the List.

A. Copyright notice. All contributions to PSRT-L fall under the H-Net Council Policies' sections 3.01-3.08 covering copyright: "[Art. III,Sec. 3.01]: "H-Net is a nonprofit communications service intended to advance the teaching, research, and service of scholars, educators, and students. Preserving copyright rights is a collective responsibility: H-Net users and editors must respect the intellectual property of others. Consistent with the objective of encouraging creativity in scholarship and education, editors and users are encouraged to transmit copyrighted works to or through H-Net, with the express permission of the copyright holder or in accordance with the fair use provisions of copyright law. H-Net considers posting to H-Net lists or Web, as contrasted with private e-mail correspondence, to be a form of publication." In general, the author retains copyright rights to publication of any submission to the list, and PSRT-L and H-Net retain the right to store, disseminate with full attribution, and make available to subscribers such submissions. Postings (such as H-Net book reviews) that are commissioned by PSRT-L or H-Net are copyrighted by H-Net and available for redistribution under "fair use" provisions of applicable United States copyright law.

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C. Contributions: "Netiquette." The tone and content of PSRT-L depend directly on subscribers. The moderators want to encourage lively, informal, productive discussion and exchange of information. To that end, we ask that contributions be composed with some consideration for the needs ofa busy audience of scholars; some subscribers' e- mail access is billed to them by the amount of incoming mail, so that long postings can become expensive at times. Please sign all mail to the list -- the moderators will delay posting until authorship is confirmed. Mail to the list is usually siphoned into one of several categories noted in the "subject header":

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COMMENT: [subject] -- A message that commences a new conversational thread or that picks up and broadens an existing thread.

H-NET REVIEW: [title] -- A review of a book or electronic text or service commissioned by H-Net.

PSRT-L REVIEW: [title] -- A review of a book or electronic text or service commissioned by PSRT-L.

REVIEW: [title] -- A review of a book or electronic text or service cross-posted from another, non-H-Net list.

JOBS: -- Self-evident; includes unique job opportunities, market conditions and prospects. This label also precedes the regular H-Net Job Guide, a service provided to all H-Net lists.

GRANTS: [title, grantor] -- Grant or fellowship opportunity.

V. Services Provided by H-Net/PSRT-L

A. The H-Net Gopher/Web site. H-Net's World Wide Web site is at Michigan State University:

B. The H-Net Job Guide Each week H-Net culls job postings from electronic and print sources and packages them for distribution to its lists. PSRT-L moderators send this out weekly as a "Job Guide Index" -- a list of job opportunities, with instructions on how to obtain the detailed position descriptions.

VI. Editorial Board.

PSRT-L's daily activities are managed by the moderators. Its long-term policies are developed by the editorial board. If you are interested in serving on the board, please contact the current moderator. Board members referee incoming articles, reviews, and teaching materials; establish basic subscription restrictions and policy; advise the moderators on disputes among moderators and subscribers; monitor the list and make active contributions to discussion; and serve as the subscribers' voice in H-Net affairs. You are encouraged to contact any or all of the editorial board members with ideas and concerns about PSRT- l.

Current Editorial Board, PSRT-L:

For a list of the current editorial board, visit:

VII. About H-Net

H-Net is an international consortium of scholars in the humanities and social sciences that creates and coordinates electronic networks, using a variety of media, and with a common objective of advancing humanities and social science teaching and research. H-Net was created to provide a positive, supportive, equalitarian environment for the friendly exchange of ideas and scholarly resources.

Among H-Net's most important activities is its sponsorship of free electronic, interactive newsletters ("lists") edited by some 200 scholars in North America, Europe, Africa, and the Pacific. Subscribers and editors communicate through electronic mail messages sent to the group. These messages can be saved, discarded, downloaded to a local computer, copied, printed out, or relayed to someone else. Otherwise, the lists are all public, and can be quoted and cited with proper attribution. The logs of all messages are permanently saved and can easily be searched.

The goals of H-NET lists are to enable scholars to easily communicate current research and teaching interests; to discuss new approaches, methods and tools of analysis; to share information on electronic databases; and to test new ideas and share comments on the literature in their fields. Announcements and calls for papers can be much more detailed, and much more timely on H-Net. The networks feature dialogues in the discipline. They commission original reviews of books, articles, software, and museum exhibits. (To get all of these, subscribe to H-REVIEW). They post syllabi, course outlines, class handouts, bibliographies, listings of new sources, guides to online resources, and reports on new software, data sets, cd-roms and World Wide Web sites. Subscribers write in with questions, comments, and reports, and often with mini-essays of a page or two. Our weekly Job Guide lists history jobs worldwide. Our weekly NCC reports from Washington cover developments that affect the humanities.

H-Net also integrates its electronic lists with a powerful and comprehensive site on the World Wide Web. The site offers centralized subscription information, direct mail access to the list editors, list archives, links to related resources, and a complete archive of H-Net media and book reviews all linked to a unified, searchable database. The site is also the home base of H-Net's projects on multimedia teaching and book reviewing. It is accessible through any web browser program. Visitors should point their web browsers to:


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