January is a good month to take stock of supplementary reading and activities of possible interest over the coming months. At Tradiling we have occasionally published book reviews of interest to language, translation and culture specialists, and we are plan to continue with this over the coming months. Here, however, we are revisiting the topic of open translation journals, which we last covered in November 2019. Open access academic materials are on the increase in every field, challenging traditional models of quality, pricing and restricted circulation.
For exhaustive up-to-date information on open-access translation journals, the best resource is the RETI online index, a project set up by the Department of Translation and Interpreting and East Asian Studies and the Humanities Library of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, which gives direct access to almost 150 journals worldwide. This is well worth a visit!
The Covid-19 pandemic has stimulated interest in open acess educational materials. Many commercial publishers have opened up their catalogues in social outreach schemes that aim to support the educational community at all levels during this time of limited mobility. The UVic Library has published a page, Recursos de acceso abierto temporalmente, with details of online study resources made freely available during the pandemic.
The Covid-19 crisis has also created a demand for open online events of specialist interest. In the translation and language field one publication is leading the way in this regard. In their own words,
MultiLingual magazine is published in print and digital form every two months. Since 1987 this has been the primary source of information for the language industry, covering news, events and in-depth articles on localization, MT development, international business and more. You may sign up for as little as $28 per year at multilingual.com/subscribe. Check out multilingual.com for daily articles and other free resources.
Over the past few months Multilingual have organised a series of open panel discussions with international specialists on a range of hot topics. The next talk, on Globalization, is scheduled for 4 February. Sign up for free on the Season Series page, where you can also access recordings of all the previous sessions.