Leonardo Journal Ranks Among Top Visual Arts Journals

Google Scholar released ranking of visual arts journals based on the h-5 citation index. The Leonardo Journal came in fourth ahead of Art Forum and Art in America.

Leonardo was founded in 1968 in Paris by kinetic artist and astronautical pioneer Frank Malina. Malina saw the need for a journal that would serve as an international channel of communication between artists, with emphasis on the writings of artists who use science and developing technologies in their work. Today, Leonardo is the leading journal for readers interested in the application of contemporary science and technology to the arts.

Roger Malina
Dr. Roger Malina

Following Frank Malina’s death in 1981, Leonardo moved to California under the leadership of his son, UT Dallas Professor Roger F. Malina, then an astronomer at the University of California at Berkeley. With the support of founding board members Frank Oppenheimer and Robert Maxwell, the International Society for the Arts, Sciences and Technology (Leonardo/ISAST) was formed in 1982.

Leonardo/ISAST was created to address the rapidly expanding needs of the art, science and technology community, by participating in conferences, symposia, festivals, lecture series and awards programs, in addition to its various publishing activities. Over the years a number of working groups developed from the Leonardo Network to address the needs of artists and scientists interested in focused topics. Projects underway include the Space and the Arts Workshop series, the Leonardo Educators and Students Program, the YASMIN discussion list for artists working around the Mediterranean Rim, the Scientists Working Group, and the Leonardo Art/Science Evening Rendezvous (LASER) series.

Roger Malina served as Chairman of the Board for 26 years, committed both to the international focus of Leonardo/ISAST and to identifying and encouraging the “New Leonardos” — innovative creators around the world who work with art, science and technology. Roger continues today as Executive Editor of Leonardo and serves on the Leonardo/ISAST Board in a role as Chairman Emeritus.

View the top publications for Visual Arts at Google Scholar. The nine most cited Leonardo articles in the past five years are available at Google Scholar.

EMAC Lab Presents: Git Syllabus

Lately, the code-sharing site Github has been getting attention as a possible tool for academic collaboration. Github’s ability to track the revisions made to a work over time, as well as to allow others to “fork” their own versions of a work and then suggest that changes made in the forked version be “pulled” back into the original, make it a compelling platform for innovative research and pedagogy development.

However, Github’s interface, which was designed by and for coders, can be a little challenging for academics to use. Today the EMAC Lab is releasing a tool designed to be a first step towards creating an easier method for academics to share and collaborate on teaching materials on github. The tool, which we simply call “git syllabus” is a plugin for the popular wordpress blogging platform that allows syllabus materials published on a wordpress blog to be easily and directly uploaded to Github for version tracking and sharing with others. Git syllabus will also tag the uploaded material with some basic metadata that we hope to use in the future to build further tools to help teachers discover and work with syllabi on Github.

Git syllabus is, appropriately enough, hosted on Github. You can head over there to download the plugin or learn more. You can also obtain the plugin via the official WordPress plugin system.