Here is the link to a new open-access and peer-reviewed journal devoted to the study of ancient and medieval pasts: Fragments.
Particulary interesting is the aim of the journal and the meaning of its title: “The broadest aim of Fragments is to transcend fragmentation: to foster research that overflows the boundaries of various well-established and vital traditions and generates new, integrated ways of thinking about the premodern past”.
From the homepage of Fragments:
The editorial board is pleased to announce the establishment of Fragments, a new, open-access and peer-reviewed journal, which will be published through the Office of Scholarly Publishing at the University of Michigan. The first issue will appear in May 2011.
Fragments will provide a forum for dialogue and exchange between scholars in all fields of the humanities and social sciences who study the premodern world. The journal encourages scholars to engage issues of broad interest to colleagues working in other places and times, and to pursue comparative and connective approaches in investigating the past. The editors also invite scholars to explore interdisciplinary approaches to evidence and analysis, such as those that synthesize the insights of textual scholarship and archaeology, or history and sociology. We also welcome articles that introduce methodologically innovative approaches to the shared challenges of interpreting and understanding bodies of premodern evidence that are distinct in kind and quantity from the evidence of the more recent past. The broadest aim of Fragments is to transcend fragmentation: to foster research that overflows the boundaries of various well-established and vital traditions and generates new, integrated ways of thinking about the premodern past.
In order to foster dialogue, the editorial board will commission three published commentaries from scholars working outside of the author’s field. The commentaries will seek to expand the scope and import of the article by introducing perspectives from other subfields and disciplines.