The goal at NANO is to invigorate humanities discourse by publishing brief, peer-reviewed reports with a fast turnaround enabled by new technologies. We welcome original notes from all fields in the humanities, particularly literature, film, history, music, rhetoric, philosophy, art, and digital humanities. We also welcome views from other disciplines that include, but are not limited to: psychology, sociology, engineering, various fields of technology, the hard sciences, and business. Each issue focuses on a special topic designed to encourage new interpretations and new possibilities. We abjure jargon, pandering, and ad hominem responses. Our ethos is brevity, clarity, and elegance. We do not accept fiction or poetry; we do accept images, videos, and sound recordings used in the presentation of notes. NANO welcomes creative reflections, spirited debate, and cross-disciplinary dialogue.
NANO's Peer Review Process:
Published notes undergo a two-step review process. First, all three NANO editors assess each submission for fit and appropriate specialization. Second, submissions that pass this initial reading are sent to NANO's editorial board and/or outside specialists for blind review. NANO's goal is to provide at least two detailed reports for each submission that reaches the anonymous review stage, thereby emphasizing scholarly conversation and exchange. Reviewed submissions receive one of three designations: Accept with Minor Revisions, Revise and Resubmit, and Reject. Before notes are published, the editors and author(s) negotiate the revision process in order to ensure satisfaction for all parties involved.
NANO's Open Access Statement:
NANO is an Open Access journal, which means that the editors and contributors of this journal believe that the research, content, and scholarly conversation contained in this journal should be freely available to the public. Open Access is an online philosophy that fosters useful critique and creates a culture of sharing. The Budapest Open Access Initiative more fully explains NANO’s position: “By ‘open access’ to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.”
NANO's Archiving Statement:
NANO has been selected by the Library of Congress for long-term archiving and storage. More specifically, the Library of Congress Web Archive Collections will create a catalog record for NANO. In addition, the Library of Congress Web Archive Collections will link (from their catalog) to NANO's live (online) site as well as to the archived site that the Web Archive Collections will maintain. As of July of 2015, the Library of Congress Web Archive Collection is harvesting NANO; estimated public access will begin in 2017.