Last Updated: 2001, September 25

Scholarly Societies Project


Coverage of the Scholarly Societies Project
Comprehensiveness: At present, the best existing print publication with a scope similar to that of the Scholarly Societies Project is the Saur World Guide Sci. Assoc. Learned Soc. (1998), which lists about 17,000 societies and associations. The latter omits many societies that have been included in the Scholary Societies Project.

The Editor of the Scholarly Societies Project estimates that there may be as many as 25,000 scholarly societies currently in the world. Even though many of them do not yet have websites, the total number of existing scholarly society websites that satisfy the Guildelines for Inclusion must surely be far greater than the number currently included in the Project. At present, the Scholarly Societies Project cannot claim to be comprehensive.

Seat of Society any country none
Broad vs Narrow Geographical Scope Preference is given to societies of an international or national scope. A more liberal policy is adopted for societies founded in the 19th c. This applies even more so for societies founded prior to 1800, since local societies have played a very important role in the early history of scholarship. The exclusion policy follows from the rather vauge inclusion policies to the left; this area needs some re-examining. Some societies currently included in the Project will probably be removed as a result.
Language of Website all languages (with the exceptions mentioned under Exclusions) Language is a barrier to inclusion only if it prevents the Editor from determining basic information about the society (see Minimum Detail below). This is generally a problem only when the critical information is available only in one of the less common languages.
Subject all academic subjects non-academic subjects
Goal of the Society societies with scholarly, academic, or research goals societies only interested in entertainment, advocacy, or self-help goals, or in spreading political propaganda, or religious dogma
[societies devoted to the study of the above phenomena, however, may be included]
Existence of a Website for the Society societies must have a website if the society was founded from 1900 to the present [exceptions are made only in unusual cases, such as national academies, or international academic unions]
for societies founded prior to 1900, information will be provided even if there is no society website (assuming that the society otherwise complies with the Guidelines for Inclusion)
societies that do not have a website if founded from 1900 to the present, with the exceptions noted to the left
Extant / Defunct societies must be extant if founded from 1900 to the present
both extant and defunct societies are included if founded prior to 1900
defunct societies that were founded sometime from 1900 to the present
Membership Restrictions Preference is given to membership-based societies (in which a qualified person may apply to become a member) In general, organizations are excluded if the only way that a person can be a member of the organization is by having a contract to work there, or by having temporary visiting privileges (the situation with research centres).

[Some latitude has been granted to organizations with a status similar to that of national academies or royal societies of broad scope]

Minimum Detail in Project for Societies founded since 1900 The entry in the Project will include the society name, an English translation of the society name (if not originally in English), the URL and URL Stability Index of the website, the language of the website, the subject pages in the Project where the website occurs, the founding year and notes about name changes (if any), and the geographical scope of the society types of information that are likely to change frequently, such as the names of officers of the society, the street address, etc.
Detail for Societies founded in the 19th Century the same as above, except that URL and URL-Stability Index are optional (since the society need not have a website, or even be extant) the same as above
Detail for Societies founded prior to 1800 the same as for societies founded in the 19th century, with the addition of history pages for a select group of societies (the history pages give a history of name changes of the society, the major journals of the society, and contemporaneous abbreviation for those journal titles) the same as above


Published 2001, September 19
Jim Parrott, Editor
Scholarly Societies Project
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Overview of the Scholarly Societies Project

Scholarly Societies Project

facilitating access to information about scholarly societies across the world since 1994
last modified: 2009, December 27

NEWS/EDITORIAL 2009, December 27
Fifteen Years of the Scholarly Societies Project

4157 Scholarly Societies, 3832 Websites
Search Engine
By Subject [83]
By Country
By Language
By Founding Dates
Inventory of the Oldest Scholarly Societies (1323-1849)

Special Kinds of Scholarly Societies
Academies and Royal Societies of Broad Scope [272]
International Unions [88]
Federations of Scholarly Societies [198]

Special Resources at Scholarly Society Websites
Meeting/Conference Announcement Lists
Standards [59]
Full-Text Serials

Scholarly Societies and Scholarly Communication [essays]
Meeting Sponsors and Publishers
Bibliographic Work
Interactions with Commercial Publishers
Crisis in Scholarly Publishing
Creating a Society Web Site
Bailey's Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography

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Linguistic Considerations
URL-Stability Index for the Project
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