Word Count

BRANCH has now reached the milestone of over 1,250,000 words, the equivalent of a thick 5-volume encyclopedia!

BRANCH submission now open

At the NAVSA 2016 conference, I will announce formally that BRANCH is now open for submissions from anyone who wishes to submit an article for peer review. If you are interested in submitting an article to BRANCH, email me ( and I will send you the submission guidelines.

Phase II of BRANCH Publication has begun

With the last set of publications (September 2014), BRANCH has entered Phase II of production. Production was purposefully suspended over the previous year as I completed a related project: the 4-volume, million-word Blackwell Encyclopedia of Victorian Literature (forthcoming, 2015). About a half million words of BRANCH has already been published, another half million will appear gradually over the next two years.

100 articles published!

BRANCH has just reached an important milestone: 100 articles published! At over 323,000 words, BRANCH is now more substantive than most published books.


Thanks to support from the Entrepreneurship Academy at Purdue’s Discovery Park (and help from Performant Software Solutions), I have completed a BRANCH plugin that will allow me to generate RDF for the site in such a way that the site can then be directly aggregated by NINES ( each month.  That may sound like a lot of tech jargon, so let me say simply that Performant has done a very neat thing for BRANCH—one click and immediate, no mess indexing of the entire site by NINES.  Click here to see what a search for BRANCH articles from within NINES looks like:

There should be no more than a month’s lag now between publication in BRANCH and aggregation by NINES.  The aggregation includes full-text searching—for example, this search for ‘event’ in BRANCH, from within NINES:

300 Strong

BRANCH now has 300 articles promised, though only 11 so far have made it through to publication on the site. Look for them to appear slowly but surely over the next two years.

BRANCH is live! went live for the first time on January 18, 2012.  Over the next few months, I will continue to populate the timeline and upload articles as they complete the peer-review and copy-editing process.