Last Updated: 2001, September 25

Scholarly Societies Project


Guidelines for Inclusion in the Scholarly Societies Project
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]
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 academies and royal societies of broad scope or international unions.

Type of URL Societies must have the URL of their website in standard domain-name format. See the various editorials for background leading up to this decision

Exceptions are made for societies founded prior to 1800, and for academies and royal societies of broad scope and for international unions.

Society websites whose URLs are not in standard domain-name format, with the exceptions noted under Inclusions.
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.
Seat of Society any country none
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
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
Minimum Detail in Project for Societies 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 (if the society has a 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.


Published 2001, September 25
Jim Parrott, Editor
Scholarly Societies Project
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