The Independent Scholar (TIS), the quarterly publication of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars, has two missions. As the newsletter, it is a conduit for communication between the NCIS Board of Directors and the membership, it apprises members of opportunities (calls for papers, conferences, awards and grants, fellowships, etc.) for independent scholars, and it heralds the accomplishments of NCIS members. In its quasi-journal aspect, it provides a venue for the publication of members’ original scholarly essays and other articles on topics of interest to independent scholars. Our members’ wide-ranging research spans the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences; many NCIS members also engage in artistic, creative endeavours that are featured in TIS when possible. Members are also encouraged to send in announcements of their publications, presentations, and other scholarly accomplishments, and notifications of appropriate competitions, meetings, awards, events, conferences, calls for papers, or publications. TIS is an open-access, on-line publication: current editions and back issues from March 2007 forward are available to the public, below. Please see the Submissions Guidelines and Calls for Submissions for more information. Contact the editor, Kendra Leonard, at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. * Send membership inquiries, subscription orders, and address changes to email@example.com.