Political Analysis Journal Surpasses 21,000 Downloads

Political Analysis Journal Surpasses 21,000 Downloads During COVID-19
Photo of Marlene Da Cruz.
Political Analysis Editor in Chief, senior Marlene Da Cruz, describes her experience of pulling this journal together during COVID-19

Political Analysis is a student-run journal that is managed through the Department of Political Science and Public Affairs and funded by the political science honor society, Pi Sigma Alpha (PSA). Articles from 2013-present have been downloaded over 21,600 times with over 6500 downloads in 2020 from 152 countries and 2141 institutions worldwide. The journal is published by the PSA Editorial Board in the University Libraries Institutional Repository.

Political Analysis Editor in Chief, senior Marlene Da Cruz, describes her experience of pulling this journal together during COVID-19. Da Cruz and the Pi Sigma Alpha editorial board began early preparation of the 2020 issue at the end of the 2019 fall semester. Once the spring semester began in January, emails were sent out to students and faculty within the Political Science Department for paper submissions.

Coming back to campus after spring break, everything changed. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, classes were switched to online, yet this student team was still responsible for creating the annual issue of Political Analysis. The editorial process of the journal was challenging but the editorial board worked closely through email with political science faculty members. Despite the challenge that the virus perpetuated with students moving off campus, in some cases abruptly, this year’s issue of the journal was a success. In fact, the journal issue was published earlier than expected in April, instead of May. Instead of working on campus, the editorial board was working between South Orange, Upstate New York, and Jersey City where students had relocated to.

New articles in the 2020 issue include:

As of April 22, Da Cruz’s article already has 47 downloads in 13 countries including China, Austria, Canada, United Kingdom and Turkey. The articles were posted and archived in Google Scholar a few weeks ago.

The statistics gathered from the journal analytics dashboard can help guide the direction of the journal, according to Da Cruz. These statistics include the country, the institution and the number of times a specific article was downloaded. This information is valuable for the future of Political Analysis because it gives the next Editorial Team the ability to have statistical metrics regarding article readership. Additionally, these statistics provides valuable knowledge that can be utilized to create a strategic plan to increase worldwide readership of Political Analysis in the future.

Da Cruz stated that acquiring paper submissions for Political Analysis has been the most challenging aspect of the journal. This is not because students do not want to submit their papers, but often times students are unaware that the opportunity to get published at the undergraduate level exists. What has helped solicit submissions from students is by advertising the journal within the Political Science Department and within the College of Arts and Sciences. Reaching out to professors, posting flyers on campus, and speaking to students individually have become successful strategies to encourage students to submit their papers to the journal.

Da Cruz is graduating with a Bachelors in Political Science in May 2020. After graduation, she plans to work and then plans to apply to law school. She is thankful to have had the opportunity to serve as both President and Executive Editor in Pi Sigma Alpha. She collaborated with her editorial board that included political science majors, Patrick Carr, also graduating in 2020 and Stephen Hoffman, who will graduate in 2021. These positions have contributed to Da Cruz’s professional and personal growth at Seton Hall. Da Cruz has learned that hard-work, cooperation, and teamwork are the pillars that contributed to a successful publication and editorial team success these past two years while she was Executive Editor.

Da Cruz and the editorial team are thankful to the faculty and staff within the Political Science Department for all their encouragement and guidance with Political Analysis. Da Cruz states that the department encompasses extraordinary professors who care about the growth and success of their students. She wants to thank her professors for their kindness, support, and advice. More specifically, she wants to give a special thank you to her advisor, Dr. Terence Teo, who has helped make this journal a success.

Dr. Terence Teo had high praise for Marlene. “Marlene is a bright, independent, and motivated student. I’m proud of the hard work she has put it to make the journal a success in her two years as Editor in Chief, especially during this time. She leaves behind a journal in outstanding shape, which showcases work that blends careful analysis with contemporary practical relevance. Students like Marlene make teaching fulfilling and worthwhile, and it’s my pleasure to have had the opportunity to know her.”

Those interested in starting an academic e-journal can email eRepository@shu.edu or contact Sebastian Derry, Assistant Dean for Public Services, University Libraries at sebastian.derry@shu.edu or 973-275-2058.

Meet the Library’s New Coworkers

As a result of the stay at home orders implemented by the state of New Jersey, we have all been forced to work from our houses or apartments. We miss working with and seeing our colleagues and students on campus. One way for us to connect with you is through social media. Please follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter so we can keep you updated about online library services and how we are making out with our new coworkers.

One of the most popular memes circulating throughout social media is people joking that pets are their new coworkers. We wanted to share some of the fun we are having with our new furry coworkers. Visit the post on our Instagram page here.


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Reconnecting with Each Other in the Current Pandemic

#SHU_Libraries The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted life at Seton Hall as it has for millions of others around the country and the world. In the name of saving lives by practicing social distancing, it has scattered us into our homes around the region and the country. Although we are now physically distant from one another, we remain united as Pirates through our connection to Seton Hall.

Seton Hall Commencement, 1885
Seton Hall Commencement, 1885

To reconnect as a community, we seek your stories of what this time has been like for you. We have established a website to submit short personal narratives. We hope that sharing these stories with one another will bring us back together in a new way, through sharing our personal experiences of this moment. When we move forward, because there will be a time when we move forward, we plan to listen to these stories together as a community, reflect on what we have learned, and let them guide us into the future.

To participate, please record a 1-3 minute narrative about your experience, using any video or audio equipment available to you, and submit the file to our e-Repository.  Please also submit an image that represents your narrative, which will appear next to your recording in the published archive.

Questions to guide your response:

  • What is your day to day life like?  What would you want people in the future to know about what things are like for us now?
  • What has been most challenging about this time?  What do you miss about your life before the pandemic?  Are there specific places or things on campus that you miss?
  • Essential is a word we are hearing a lot right now.  What does essential mean to you?  Who is essential?  What are we learning about what is essential?
  • What is COVID-19 making possible that never existed before?  What good do you see coming out of this moment? How can we re-frame this moment as an opportunity?
  • What is it you want to remember about this time?  What have you learned?
  • After this pandemic ends, will things go back to the way they were?  What kinds of changes would you like to see? How will you contribute to rebuilding the world?  What will you do differently?

Choose the one that speaks to you, or address more than one if you wish.

With thanks to the scholars and librarians who came together to create this project: Professors Angela Kariotis Kotsonis, Sharon Ince, Marta Deyrup, Lisa DeLuca, and Alan Delozier, Technical Services Archivist Sheridan Sayles and Assistant Deans Elizabeth Leonard and Sarah Ponichtera.

Library Services & Support Due to COVID-19

Seton Hall University Libraries has made contingency plans to support remote research and teaching services due to COVID-19.

Updates on Library Remote Services here.

Instruction Services Available Remotely here.


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Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

In conjunction with the Gregory Coates exhibition, the Walsh Gallery and the Walsh Library host Seton Hall’s first ever Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon with support from The Feminist Art Project at Rutgers University.

  Art + Feminism Flyer [pdf]

Attendees will be provided with a list of artists who do not have Wikipedia pages, using the Miriam Shapiro Archive on Women Artists as reference, and with instruction on how to become Wikipedians (editors of Wikipedia) during the course of the workshop. Attendees will be encouraged to use their new skills to create or edit a Wikipedia page, and are welcome to create pages for artists not on the provided list. This event is designed to be flexible so attendees may drop-in and come and go, but we do ask that you register for the event here.

When: Wednesday, February 26th 11a-3p
Where: Beck Rooms A/B | Walsh Library | 1st Floor
Register for the event here.


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Black History Month – Books to Explore

#SHU_Libraries For Black History Month, our Access Services Librarian, Kaitlin Kehnemuyi, has compiled a list of book titles from our collection, below.

The books are on display in the information Commons, 2nd floor of Walsh Library:Black History Month Book Display

She wanted to highlight people who have changed conversations, culture, or attitudes. Hopefully by highlighting historical change we can begin to see the ways people around us are encouraging change right now.

      1. Afrofuturism: The World of Black Sci-Fi and Fantasy Culture by Ytasha L. Womack (ebook)
      2. Another Country by James Baldwin
      3. Beyoncé in Formation: Remixing Black Feminism by Omise’eke Natasha Tinsley
      4. The Beautiful Struggle: A Memoir by Ta-Nehisi Coates
      5. Black Power 50 edited by Sylviane A. Diouf and Komozi Woodard
      6. Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia E. Butler
      7. Florynce “Flo” Kennedy The Life of a Black Feminist Radical by Sherie M. Randolph
      8. I May Not Get There With You: The True Martin Luther King, Jr. by Michael Eric Dyson
      9. I Must Resist: Bayard Rustin’s Life in Letters by Bayard Rustin; introduced and edited by Michael G. Long
      10. If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
      11. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler
      12. Lanterns: A Memoir of Mentors by Marian Wright Edelman
      13. Malcolm X: A Graphic Biography written by Andrew Helfer,  art by Randy DuBurke.
      14. Razor: Revolutionary Art for Cultural Revolution by Amiri Baraka
      15. Seeing Race Again: Countering Colorblindness Across the Disciplines edited by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, Luke Charles Harris, Daniel Martinez HoSang, and George Lipsitz
      16. The World of James Van DerZee: A Visual Record of Black Americans by James Van DerZee; compiled and with an introduction by Reginald McGhee
      17. Thick  and Other Essays by Tressie McMillan Cottom
      18. Unbought and Unbossed by Shirley Chisholm

Give Us Feedback On Our New Website

#SHU_Libraries are looking for a few great people to give us feedback on an updated version of our website. Volunteers will receive a $25 Amazon gift card!

If you are chosen to participate, a librarian will contact you.

Update: thank you students! We had an overwhelming response to our call for volunteers, so we have more than enough.

Thank you for your participation!


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APA 7th Edition: What’s new?

APA 7th Edition: What’s new?

7th Edition APA Publication Manual

By Kyle Downey, Health Sciences Librarian

Back in October 2019 the American Psychological Association (APA) released the 7th edition of their APA Publication Manual.  It has been nearly a decade since the 6th edition was released and with this newest edition we see several additions and revisions.

So, what is new?

Some changes to the new publication will be immediately noticeable to the user who has used the previous 6th edition.  First, the new manual is in full color throughout the entire publication.  Some other changes include:

          • Citing of online material, with a focus on social media
          • Inclusion of bias-free language
          • Guidelines on writing without bias that addresses age, disability, gender, race and ethnicity, including the singular use of “they”
          • Using shortened URLs and shortDOIs if a URL or DOI is long and complex
          • Removal of publisher locations for books and book chapters
          • An in-text citation with 3 or more authors is to be shortened to include only the first authors name and “et al”
          • Website URLs no longer need to be preceded with “Retrieved from” unless there is also a retrieval date
          • A single space after any body-text punctuation rather than 2 spaces

To learn more about the new publication manual, check out the APA style blog.

Both the Walsh Library and the IHS Library also have permanent reference copies available for faculty and students to use.

Source: Elias, Daniel. “APA Style 7th Edition: What’s Changed?” MyBib, MyBib, 14 Sept. 2019.