The Center for Celtic Studies at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee publishes the electronic journal e-Keltoi: Journal of Interdisciplinary Celtic Studies. The journal is an integral part of the Center's mission to promote and disseminate research and communication related to Celtic cultures, past and present, in the academic arena as well as for the general public. Web resources on Celtic Culture that are content-rich, reliable and current are rare, and are very much in demand. The journal provides free access to cutting-edge, peer-reviewed articles solicited to address specific themes from a range of cross-disciplinary and international perspectives. The goal is to make full use of the electronic medium in a way that cannot be equalled by print journals due to cost or formatting constraints: numerous full-color images per article; video and audio clips; links to other sites embedded in the text; etc. The Celtic world is an especially rich source of graphic images, material culture, and oral as well as performative traditions, all of which can be presented especially effectively in an electronic format.
Disciplinary categories include:
- Performing Arts
- Political Science/Economics
- Visual Arts
The themes for the open issues are:
- Cultural Survival
- Cyber Celtic
- Religion and Ideology
Rather than following the traditional print format of sequential issues that appear according to a set schedule once a sufficient number of submissions have been through the editing and review process, e-Keltoi operates on a more flexible and open-ended basis, with five themed issues open to submissions simultaneously. As articles are submitted they are sent out for review by at least three reviewers. Based on reviewer recommendations, articles are accepted, revised and resubmitted, or rejected. Once approved for publication, they are edited and go on-line in the appropriate active issue in the order in which they are completed. When an issue on a particular theme contains a sufficient number of articles (minimum ten, maximum 15), it will be archived and replaced by an active issue on a new theme.
The themes are general (for example, Nationalism) in order to encourage a wide range of submissions related to some aspect of the Celtic world to which various academic disciplines can contribute, producing a synergy and opening up an avenue for dialogue. The electronic format of the journal makes it possible for several media to be accessible simultaneously - for example, a visitor to the site could read an exegesis on Scottish nationalism and then click on the passage to hear a recording of the Corries singing "Come O'er the Stream Charlie", or an article on French nationalism could include video clips of French politicians giving speeches on the summit of a Celtic hillfort.
There is a General Editor and Editorial Board for eKeltoi,but themed issues may be organized and edited by individual editors whose proposals for themed issues have been reviewed by the Advisory Board and the General Editor in consultation with the Editorial Board. For example, small conferences or conference sessions held in the United States or elsewhere may consider using e-Keltoi as a venue for publishing their proceedings rapidly while ensuring that they will reach the widest possible audience. Suggestions for individual themed issues can be submitted to the Advisory Board by a potential issue editor for approval before any papers have been solicited. The issue editor contacts potential contributors and after editing the papers submits the articles for review.