Re: The Ultimate Danger of SkyReading/Writing

From: Bernard Lang <>
Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2001 19:59:22 +0100

So what ...

 do both ... let librarians and people do the archiving.

  and stop considering that people are too stupid to find information
to assess the value of what they read.
  Actually there are easy and varied means to do the refereeing
process. Post-Gutenberg refereeing, mind you... i.e. decoupled from
the publishing. The technology is already operational.

  And if publishers are such reliable people... I do wish to have some
books reimbursed ... they were published, heavily advertised, and are

Sorry no time for gentle words...

Bernard Lang

On Mon, Dec 03, 2001 at 06:30:09PM +0000, Albert Henderson wrote:
> Stevan refuses to acknowledge that libraries are the
> free source of the refereed literature. When he floated
> his idea around 1990, publishers had little online and
> the library crisis propaganda campaign was still fresh.
> Today, major publishers have their journals online.
> To access them online, one must simply be joined to a
> decent library.
> In short, there is no need for self-archiving refereed
> articles, except perhaps as an author's way of
> responding to requests for "reprints."
> Moreover, authors lack the skills and training of
> publishers and librarians. There is no chance that _all_
> authors can be coaxed into 'archiving' _all_ their
> papers in an orderly fashion. Unruly contributions,
> including unrefereed drafts and quackery, will be the
> norm. More often, great lacunae in what we like to call
> the scientific record will be an intractable problem.
> The researcher who depends on author 'archives' will
> suffer.
> Albert Henderson
> <>

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