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Editors’ Choice: George Mason History Department Adopts Digital Dissertation Guidelines

In a move that seeks to bring stability and standards to the production of digital scholarship, the Department of History and Art History at George Mason University (GMU) has recently adopted digital dissertation guidelines ( This document, created by the graduate studies committee and unanimously approved by the department, sets out the core elements of PhD work that does “not take the form of a narrative dissertation.” In doing so, the guidelines provide a framework for a transformation of form while simultaneously emphasizing the vital importance of “upholding the standards of the profession for good scholarly work.”

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This content was selected for Digital Humanities Now by Editor-in-Chief Joshua Catalano based on nominations by Editors-at-Large: Antonio Jimenez-Munoz, Caitlin Christian-Lamb, María Cumplido, Elizabeth Hirsh, Ryan Watson, Rebecca Napolitano, Jennifer Rogers, Natalia Volkova, Leigh Bonds, Covadonga Lamar, Min Jiang, Vanessa Stone, Kaelin Jewell, Kelly Wall, Vanessa Ceia, and Bethany Qualls