We all tell our undergraduate and graduate students how important it is to keep current in the field. In our professional lives as writers and communicators, that means keeping track of trends in industry and technology; as academics, it means keeping up on our reading—the latest books, recent articles in journals, the proceedings of our major conferences—so that we can contribute to disciplinary conversations, teach our classes with integrity, and advance our own research agendas effectively. As part of this process, we show our appreciation to those who contribute to the knowledge of our field and participate in the process of peer review. We discuss the work of our disciplinary colleagues in the classes we teach or over coffee with our graduate students; we use it in professional training, and we cite it in our own research. What we gather in our journals represents our collected knowledge, not only in our libraries‟ databases and in various online contexts, but shared inside our classrooms and integrated with our ongoing intellectual reflections.

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