[Air-L] Online ethnography and Word Counts

Monica Barratt tronica at gmail.com
Thu Apr 28 00:09:59 PDT 2011

I always thought the bibliography was not part of the word count. I believe
that's how it is in health sciences / public health. Perhaps it is different
in communications? I would be interested to know.


Monica Barratt

On 28 April 2011 03:06, Joseph Reagle <joseph.2011 at reagle.org> wrote:

> I welcome any advice (off list, or on if thought to be of general
> interest).
> In communications, most journals have a word count limit of 7-8K. Even
> IJoC, an online journal not limited by paper constraints, is 9K.
> I generally support word count limits, but I have a draft wherein I excerpt
> and reference a lot of online discourse. I started at 11K words of prose,
> obviously far too long. After much slashing of clumsy prose, sacrificing of
> interesting digressions, and paraphrasing and cutting of cherished excerpts,
> I got it down to 8K. However, the bibliography is still about 2K (800 words
> of offline -- mostly secondary -- sources, and 900 words of online -- mostly
> primary -- sources).
> What are some options to being in such a pickle?
> * Are there reputable (even print) based journals that permit ~10K?
>        * Perhaps in different disciplines (related to ethnography?)?
>        * Or that distinguish between prose and bibliography (i.e., one can
> always print the bib really small)?
> * Break paper into pieces? (Always an option, but doesn't work for me
> here).
> * Host the primary sources online, but not in article?
> * Only provide URLs to those exclusively online sources. (The counts above
> already reflect this, and I did this in the print version of my book's
> bibliography.)
> * ... ?
> --
> Regards,
> Joseph Reagle                    http://reagle.org/joseph/
> (Perhaps using speech recognition, sorry for any speakos.)
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