FORMAT: This site is meant to be a research portal, not just an uber-blog. My interest in setting it up was to combine website and blog  so that I could communicate findings, preserve research materials, interact by remote with peers, and so on.

FOCUS:  The  site hosts a motley concoction of mainstream and underground material on subterranean politics and crisis liminality. It doesn't restrict itself to the fine revolutionary sentiment of indie publications and the blogosphere (see Peer-Review, below).

CONTENT: Journal entries on current affairs, non-academic writing, and peer-reviewed research and literature; more formally structured research output; a library of primary and secondary source materials; and other links of interest.

COVERAGE: The site is meant to be a living resource, open to recommendations for new additions. Current lists and references aren't comprehensive because, well, I can't read everything (much as I'd like to).

CURRENCY: I won't be spending my days square-eyed in front of a computer screen tracking data points I can blot into journal entries, but I do get bored easily, and blogging's better than ritalin, so I'll try to keep things relatively up-to-date.

RELEVANCE:  Not always obvious, and selection criteria are pretty idiosyncratic, but there's almost always some element of intermediacy or exceptionalism that drives content selection for the site.

POSTING:  Most of the journal entries that I post here are not directly supported by additional research, and should be considered rough and scratchy summaries, first impressions, and knee-jerk responses to bits and pieces of liminalia.

COMMENTING:  I reserve the exclusive right to post jibberish on my own site, but your comments have to be clear, coherent, and relevant. Irate responses are fine, but if they're not legible or comprehensible, they won't make it past the moderation filter (me).

COPYRIGHT:  Copyright agreements being what they are, I can't upload most of my own publications. Other library materials were found on the open internet using a simple Google search. Where possible, I've tried to link back to original host site URLs. See website footer for copyright notice. See also this disclaimer.

PEER-REVIEW: The Research Notes blog sticks to reviewing, commenting on, and giving serious thought to relevant, peer-reviewed research. To that end, any journal entries of that ilk are marked with the easily recognizable BPR3 icons. More on that below.

CREDIBILITY:  Combining Squarespace and Blogging for Peer-Reviewed Research Reporting (BPR3), in my humble opinion, is a natural  union that lends itself to more credible blogging. Is blogging supposed to be credible? Good question. Standards are a good thing. BPR3 guidelines for usage are available here. I've adapted them to my own purposes, which will involve plenty review of older scholarship across a wider range of disciplines, as well as more recently published material.