Re: Publication at LANL as involving peer review

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Fri, 16 Jul 1999 14:29:49 +0100

On Thu, 15 Jul 1999, Ransdell, Joseph M. wrote:

> The disagreement is this: I say and you deny that publication, in the
> scientific sense, occurs through the preprint server at LANL.

"Publication" is any public dissemination, hence of course it's
publication. But it's only vanity press self-publication (a descriptor
you don't like), whereas I think it's better to reserve the word
publication for refereed journal publication (regardless of medium, and
whether or not self-archived).

To the extent this is about words, it's trivial; to the extent it's
about alternatives to refereed journal publication, it's substantive.

Stevan Harnad
Professor of Cognitive Science
Department of Electronics and phone: +44 2380 592-582
Computer Science fax: +44 2380 592-865
University of Southampton
Highfield, Southampton
Received on Wed Feb 10 1999 - 19:17:43 GMT

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