Re: Auto-Archiving Conference Proceedings

From: Marvin <physchem_at_TELOCITY.COM>
Date: Wed, 27 Sep 2000 17:16:14 -0400

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From: "Stevan Harnad" <>
Sent: Tuesday, September 26, 2000 5:11 AM
Subject: Auto-Archiving Conference Proceedings

> On Fri, 15 Sep 2000, Ken Rouse wrote:
> > Various contributors to this forum
> > have commented on the resistance of scientists in some fields
> > for example) to Steven Harnad's proposals for exploiting internet
> > technology to "free" the scholarly literature. A modest way to begin
> > breaking down that resistance, I believe, might be the following:
> > establishment by professional societies of servers that would make all
> > conference papers produced at their meetings freely available
> > to all who need them--and in a timely fashion! This would pre-empt the
> > present one year or more lag in the publication of conference papers in
> > print journals.
> A good idea, and already within reach to any society that wishes to
> implement it. The interoperable archiving software to do it all is
> about to be made available; it is (and will remain) free, and so is
> all the other software it uses. It is available from:

Many (perhaps even most) papers given at scientific meetings aren't ready
for publication. They are about work in progress. There are reasons for
giving these papers.

A good one is to exchange ideas with one's peers on how to improve the
research in progress. A not so good one is that some folks can't get to
meetings unless they give a paper.

Either way, the author often talks from notes - not from a manuscript. In
fact, some of the worst papers I've sat through were read from a manuscript.
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