Friday, May 18, 2012
More on the RBL "Rejoinders" Issue
Further to my post yesterday on RBL Innovation: Scholarly Rejoinders to Reviews, see the related post from Tim Bulkeley at Sansblogue. Bob Buller wrote to Tim and me and I reproduce the following with his permission:
Let me begin by thanking you for noting the two author responses announced in today's RBL newsletter. I am of course grateful for any publicity that bloggers offer RBL, but I also am curious to see how you, your readers, and other bloggers respond to the notion of authors responding online to reviews published online. That being said, I must note that this "innovation" is not exactly new. The RBL blog has invited comments almost from the beginning (2008), and we published the first authorial response in September 2009 (http://rblnewsletter.blogspot.com/2009/09/20090930-ramelli-and-konstan-terms-for.html). At that time we also established the policy that, although we will not announce all comments in an RBL newsletter, we will announce author responses in a newsletter, so as to promote greater dialogue between reviewer and author. For additional author responses (unfortunately, a small number of authors use the blog to respond), see:
http://rblnewsletter.blogspot.com/2009/11/20091140-mason-josephus-judea-and.html (December 2009)
http://rblnewsletter.blogspot.com/2010/12/20101238-williamson-ephesians.html (January 2011)
http://rblnewsletter.blogspot.com/2011/02/20110206-pervo-making-of-paul.html (February 2011)
http://rblnewsletter.blogspot.com/2011/02/20110209-terrell-pauls-parallels.html (February 2011)
All of these were, I believe, announced in an RBL newsletter; if any were omitted, it was a mistake, not a matter of policy.
I should also note that RBL blog comments are carefully moderated: commenters must identify themselves either in the comment heading or within the comment (no truly anonymous comments), and we will not publish ad hominem attacks. In short, we hold commenters to the same standards as we expect of our reviewers (see http://www.sbl-site.org/assets/pdfs/ReviewerInstructions.pdf), in order to promote meaningful and productive dialogue.
Thanks again for your blog posts today. I do hope that more authors and readers will avail themselves of the opportunity to comment on the many reviews that we publish.