Re: Validation of posted archives

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2001 15:36:16 +0000

> Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2001 09:26:46 -0500
> From: "Guillermo Julio Padron Gonzalez" <>
> From your mail I see there is no administrator of files posted in
> Internet using OAI. May be it has been already discussed in the
> Forum--I am sorry if it indeed was--but I have two questions:
> 1. How can a reader differentiate a non-validated--non
> peer-reviewed--archive from a validated peer-reviewed version?

There is a metadata category "refereed" vs. "unrefereed". Also Journal
Name, etc.

> 2. How can this system avoid the possibility of charlatans posting
> their non peer-reviewed or even rejected papers using OAI? As far as I
> know, any person outside the journal/publishers sites can post them.

It is self-archiving, so in principle I can post someone else's
article as my own (plagiarism), or can post my own and call it
"refereed" when it is not, or can post an inaccurate version of the
final draft.

All this is easily monitored and checked, if anyone wants to set up a
system to do so, but it is not necessary!

The archive of record for refereed papers, for the time being, is the
publisher's paper version, in libraries the world over. The
self-archived version is merely FREEING these papers online, for one
and all.

Peer review continues to be implemented by journals. If one retrieves
un unrefereed paper, caveat emptor. And the incentive to plagiarize or
to misclassify one's own work does not have much force behind it.


Stevan Harnad
Professor of Cognitive Science
Department of Electronics and phone: +44 23-80 592-582
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University of Southampton
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