Most Downloaded Articles of 2016

1. Maria Avxentevskaya, “The Spiritual Optics of Narrative: John Wilkins’s popularization of Copernicanism” (JLS 8.2)

2. Kathryn Walls
, ‘The After-Lives of Vain Women in The Rape of the Lock: Pope’s Sylphs and the “Corpuscular Philosophy” of Robert Boyle’ (JLS 9.1)

3. Matthew Rowney
, ‘A Fearful Symmetry: Borges and the Geometric Language of the Brain’ (JLS 9.1)

Many congratulations to Maria, Kathryn and Matthew.

JLS Six Month Statistics

JLS contributors and readers responded enthusiastically to the publication for the first time of key statistics in June 2016. Here are our three key indicators from July 1st to December 31st 2016. (The figures in brackets are those for the previous six month period).

Views: 15,452 (13,396)

Downloads of Most Read Articles (collected): 666 (742)

Geographic Reach: JLS accessed in 98 (104) countries

Most Downloaded Articles – July to August 2016

1. Matthew Rowney
, ‘A Fearful Symmetry: Borges and the Geometric Language of the Brain’ (JLS 9.1)

2. John Holmes
, ‘Algernon Swinburne, Anthropologist’(JLS 9.1)

3. Kathryn Walls
, ‘The After-Lives of Vain Women in The Rape of the Lock: Pope’s Sylphs and the “Corpuscular Philosophy” of Robert Boyle’ (JLS 9.1)

JLS Six Month Statistics

JLS contributors and readers may like to know the range and reach of the journal throughout 2016. Here, for the first time, are three key statistics from January 1st to June 30th 2016:

Views: 13,396

Downloads of Most Read Articles (collected): 742

Geographic Reach: JLS accessed in 104 countries

Most Downloaded Articles – May to June 2016

1. Maria Avxentevskaya, “The Spiritual Optics of Narrative: John Wilkins’s
popularization of Copernicanism” (JLS 8.2)

2. Charlotte Sleigh, “Writing the scientific self: Samuel Butler and Charles Hoy Fort” (JLS 8.2)

3. Martin Willis, Keir Waddington and Richard Marsden, “Imaginary Investments: Illness Narratives Beyond the Gaze: (JLS 6.1)

Most Downloaded Articles – March to April 2016

1. Maria Avxentevskaya, “The Spiritual Optics of Narrative: John Wilkins’s
popularization of Copernicanism” (JLS 8.2)

2. Rachel Falconer, “Facing the Other through Metaphor: Primo Levi’s The Periodic
Table and other writings” (JLS 8.2)

3. Alex Moffatt, “Swept Over an Etheric Niagara: The Persistence of the Etheric
Hypothesis in Arthur Conan Doyle’s Challenger Stories” (JLS 8.2)

Most Downloaded Articles – January to February 2016

1. Charlotte Sleigh, “Writing the scientific self: Samuel Butler and Charles Hoy Fort” (JLS 8.2)

2. Maria Avxentevskaya, “The Spiritual Optics of Narrative: John Wilkins’s
popularization of Copernicanism” (JLS 8.2)

3=. Rachel Falconer, “Facing the Other through Metaphor: Primo Levi’s The Periodic
Table and other writings” (JLS 8.2)
&
Alex Moffatt, “Swept Over an Etheric Niagara: The Persistence of the Etheric
Hypothesis in Arthur Conan Doyle’s Challenger Stories” (JLS 8.2)

Most Downloaded Articles of 2015

Congratulations to the writers of the following articles, which were most often downloaded by JLS readers across the last calendar year:

1. Gregory Lynall, ‘Scriblerian Projections of Longitude: Arbuthnot, Swift, and the Agency of Satire in a Culture of Invention’ (Vol.7, No.2)

2. Bernard Lightman, ‘Contextualising Conan Doyle’s Ideal Reasoner: The Case of the Reluctant Scientific Naturalist’ (Vol.7, No.2)

3. Emilie Taylor-Brown, ‘(Re)constructing the Knights of Science: Parasitologists and their Literary Imaginations’ (Vol.7, No.2)

Most Downloaded Articles – November to December 2015

1. Minna Vuohelainen, ‘“Cribb’d, Cabined and Confined”: Fear, Claustrophobia and Modernity in Richard Marsh’s Urban Gothic Fiction’ (Vol.3, No.1)

2. Emilie Taylor-Brown, ‘(Re)constructing the Knights of Science: Parasitologists and their Literary Imaginations’ (Vol.7, No.2)

3. Alison E. Martin, ‘Performing Scientific Knowledge Transfer: Anne Plumptre and the Translation of Martin Heinrich Lichtenstein’s Reisen im südlichen Afrika (1811)’ (Vol.8, No.1)

Most Downloaded Articles – September to October 2015

1. Angela Byrne, ‘“My Little Readers”: Catharine Parr Traill’s Natural Histories for Children’ (Vol.8, No.1)

2. Bernard Lightman, ‘Contextualising Conan Doyle’s Ideal Reasoner: The Case of the Reluctant Scientific Naturalist’ (Vol.7, No.2)

3. Mary Orr, ‘The Stuff of Translation and Independent Female Scientific Authorship: the Case of Taxidermy…, anon. (1820)’ (Vol.8, No.1)

Most Downloaded Articles – July to August 2015

1. Gregory Lynall, ‘Scriblerian Projections of Longitude: Arbuthnot, Swift, and the Agency of Satire in a Culture of Invention’ (Vol.7, No.2)

2. Bernard Lightman, ‘Contextualising Conan Doyle’s Ideal Reasoner: The Case of the Reluctant Scientific Naturalist’ (Vol.7, No.2)

3. Shelley Trower, ‘Primitive Rocks: Humphry Davy, Mining, and the Sublime Landscapes of Cornwall’ (Vol.7, No.1)

Most Downloaded Articles – May to June 2015

1. Bernard Lightman, ‘Contextualising Conan Doyle’s Ideal Reasoner: The Case of the Reluctant Scientific Naturalist’ (Vol.7, No.2)

2. Gregory Lynall, ‘Scriblerian Projections of Longitude: Arbuthnot, Swift, and the Agency of Satire in a Culture of Invention’ (Vol.7, No.2)

3. Erika Behrisch Elce, ‘”One Remarkable Evening”: Redemptive Science in Wilkie Collins’s Heart and Science’ (Vol.7, No.1)

Most Downloaded Articles – March to April 2015

1. Steven McLean, ‘Revolution as an Angel from the Sky: George Griffith’s Aeronautical Speculation’ (Vol.7, No.2)

2. Emilie Taylor-Brown, ‘(Re)constructing the Knights of Science: Parasitologists and their Literary Imaginations’ (Vol.7, No.2)

3. Gregory Lynall, ‘Scriblerian Projections of Longitude: Arbuthnot, Swift, and the Agency of Satire in a Culture of Invention’ (Vol.7, No.2)

Most Downloaded Articles – Notification of Error Reset

Across 2015 the news posts announcing the Most Downloaded articles had dropped from view due to a technical problem. A recent reset requires them to be uploaded again. You will now see a number of periods clustered together in recent posts. Apologies to those of you interested in this data who have been unable to see it for a period of time.

Mark Bennett Steps Down

The JLS Copyeditor, Mark Bennett, has stepped down from his position to focus on his academic work. The JLS would like to thank Mark for his professional and expert work over the course of a number of years and issues. Mark has been instrumental in the success of the JLS, and his careful attention to the work of contributors was always greatly appreciated. We wish him the best of luck with his future plans.

Mark will be succeeded as copyeditor by Rebecca Spear, who begins her role with issue 8.1 (2015).

JLS/BSLS Essay Prize 2015 Winner

The JLS is pleased to announce that this year’s winner of the essay prize
jointly awarded with the British Society for Literature and Science is Maria
Avxentevskaya’s essay titled ‘The Spiritual Optics of Narrative: John Wilkins’s
Popularization of Copernicanism’.

We offer our many congratulations to Maria.

The judging panel wrote: “This a thoroughly convincing and exceptionally
well-argued essay that is a deserving winner of the 2015 prize. The reading of
Wilkins’s Discovery is consistently illuminating as an account of the logic of
early modern scientific argument and its appeal to probability according to
moral rather than empirical authority. The analysis is meticulous and builds up
to an impressively coherent picture. The move at the end of the essay to show
how Wilkins remains concerned to establish the truth of the physical world, and
not simply to win the rhetorical argument, is an important and salutary reminder
that we have to avoid imposing our own standards on early modern modes of
argument, as well as grounding Wilkins’s own shift to the position of a
founder of the Royal Society. The essay combines these acutely historicized
arguments with fine close reading to produce a work of real intellectual
achievement.”

As in previous years the level of competition was high, with some extremely good
essays on a range of literature and science topics submitted for consideration.
The judges were impressed by the vitality of the work and by the obvious
strength of the field.

Maria’s essay will appear in one of the next issues of the journal.

JLS and BSLS Essay Prize 2015

The Journal of Literature and Science and the British Society for Literature and Science would like to announce our annual prize for the best new essay by an early career scholar on a topic within the field of literature and science. The deadline for this year’s prize will be 19th June, in order to give members time to revise papers presented at the BSLS conference should they wish to.

Essays should be currently unpublished and not under consideration by another journal. They should be between 6,000 and 8,000 words long, inclusive of references, and should be send by email to both John Holmes, Chair of the BSLS (j.r.holmes@reading.ac.uk), and Martin Willis, Editor of JLS (m.willis@westminster.ac.uk), by 12 noon on Friday, 19th June, 2015.

The prize is open to BSLS members who are postgraduate students or have completed a doctorate within three calendar years of the deadline date. The Prize committee will consider on a case by case basis whether to accept submissions from anyone whose doctorate was completed more than three years prior to the deadline but whose career has been interrupted during that time (due to illness, maternity leave, etc.). Those who have submitted to the essay prize in previous years are very welcome to submit again. This includes any previous prize winners or honourable mentions.

The prize will be judged jointly by representatives of the BSLS and JLS.

To join BSLS (only £10 for postgraduates and unwaged members), go to http://www.bsls.ac.uk/join-us/.

The winning essay will be announced on the BSLS website and published in JLS. The winner will also receive a prize of £100. The judges reserve the right not to award the prize should no essay of a high enough standard be submitted.

The winning essays to date have been Rachel Crossland’s ‘”Multitudinous and Minute”: Early Twentieth-Century Scientific, Literary and Psychological Representations of the Mass’, published in JLS, 6.2 (2013), and Emilie Taylor-Brown’s ‘(Re)constructing the Knights of Science: Parasitologists and their Literary Imaginations’, published in JLS, 7.2 (2014). Josie Gill’s essay, ‘Science and Fiction in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth’ received an honourable mention from the judges and was published in JLS, 6.2 (2013). To read these essays, visit the issues listed.

Most Downloaded

January – February 2015

Most Downloaded Articles (all issues):
1. Steven McLean, ‘Revolution as an Angel from the Sky: George Griffith’s Aeronautical Speculation’ (Vol. 7, No. 2)
2. Bernard Lightman, ‘Contextualising Conan Doyle’s Ideal Reasoner: The Case of the Reluctant Scientific Naturalist’ (Vol. 7, No 2)
3. Emilie Taylor-Brown, ‘(Re)constructing the Knights of Science: Parasitologists and their Literary Imaginations’ (Vol. 7, No. 2)

Most Downloaded Reviews (all issues):
1. Carmel Raz, Review of John Savarese’s “Ossian’s Folk Psychology” (Vol. 7, No. 2)
2. Emily Bowles, Review of Cheryl Blake Price’s “Vegetable Monsters: Man-Eating Trees in Fin-de-Siècle Fiction” (Vol. 7, No. 2)
3. Peter Johnston, Review of Robert Nathan’s “Why It Matters: The Value of Literature as Object of Inquiry in Qualitative Research” (Vol. 7, No. 2)