Our annotations are created using the social annotation tool. To use this nifty, open source tool, all you have to do is download the plugin and add it to your web browser, create an account, and that’s it! 

There are two main ways to add your annotations to the project: 

  1. First Impressions: These annotations are created by anyone with a account and access to the plugin, and they can be viewed and replied to by anyone who has installed on their browser. As the name suggests, these annotations express immediate thoughts, questions, quick connections to media or other texts.
  2. Second Thoughts: These annotations are created by anyone who has been added to the official Jane Austen Review group, and they can be viewed by anyone who has installed on their browser. Group members can reply directly to these annotations. If you’re not a member and don’t want to be added, though, all you have to do is engage the conversation using your own account. To join the group just DM @janeatplu or email Dr. Adela Ramos ramosam_@_plu_edu. 
Second Thoughts

Annotations published in this way are a tad longer, but no longer than 250 words (a little less than a double-spaced page)! They undergo a very friendly review process by the JAR Team focused on cross-checking citations and ensuring clarity for a wide audience. Annotations should invite us to read slowly, create connections, and/or spark a conversation.

These annotations can be:

    • Interpretations 
    • Definitions 
    • Illustrations
    • Elaborate questions
    • Historical contextualization
    • Commentaries
    • Connections to climate change 
    • Connections to environmental justice issues 
    • Connections to existing discussions of Jane Austen’s work related to the project’s focus in media (podcasts, memes, social media, interviews, etc), scholarship, or other venues
    • Sharing a translation of a passage in another language and considering its differences/similarities
    • A response to an existing annotation published under JAR
    • Or something else entirely related to the project’s focus!  

These annotations are supported on accurate and reliable sources which will be cited on our website. Please note: By “sources” we are not at all restricted to scholarly or academic sources. In fact, we are very interested in gathering varied sources, as you’ll see from our own annotations. For instance, your sources might be movies or TV adaptations or journalism or websites or social media. 

Our own annotations are not meant to provide a model of what is possible! Our greatest hope is that you will be interested in moving from first impressions to second thoughts, and that you’ll share your own understanding of what it means to annotate Austen’s environments in the age of climate change!

The Jane Austen Review does not tolerate or endorse hate speech, misinformation, or any language that disrespects human and civil rights. Any offensive or inaccurate annotations published under the JAR group and on our website will be flagged and removed. 

If you have an idea for an annotation, just DM-us @janeatplu or email Dr. Adela Ramos (

We’d love to hear from teachers and members of communities, reading groups, associations wishing to use the site through their own accounts or wishing to join ours.

We’ll be featuring the conversations that emerge from first impressions and second thoughts on our Twitter feed.