Re: Book on future of STM publishers

From: David Goodman <dgoodman_at_PRINCETON.EDU>
Date: Tue, 23 Jul 2002 10:57:09 -0400

This may be a poor deal, but we should not blame the author in
particular , as it is
apparently standard practice in some European countries--
they seem to have a more archaic procedure than in North America.

Fyttton, as you, Steven, and others have pointed out, much better ways
are available.
In evaluating them, keep in mind that it is very unusual for a thesis to
develop such interest! The author should indeed be congratulated.

Jean-Claude Guédon wrote:
> I quite agree with Bernard Lang. There are better ways.
> And, as a scholar, you might consider the loss in visibility (and hence
> potantial authority) you will suffer for a mere 400 dollars.
> Have you looked at the NDLTD site ( I assume Stevan
> pointed it out in his answer. He generally is very thorough in his use of
> references.
> The next ETD meeting, incidentally, where putting theses on-line for free
> will be in Berlin. You might want to make a trip there.
> Meanwhile, I encourage you to pull out of an obviously poor deal and place
> your thesis on-line within a reputable open-access archive.
> Best,
> Jean-Claude Guédon
> Le 19 Juillet 2002 04:42, M. Meier a écrit :
> > As many of you wonder about the "outdated" media in which the dissertation
> > is published, I will give you the obvious explanation: The University of
> > Munich requires that all Ph.D manuscripts have to be handed in in print
> > form, no online or CD-ROM version allowed. To recover the printing costs
> > (appr. $ 400), every Ph.D. candidate tries to find a decent enough
> > publisher to get at least a small percentage back. My publisher, a newly
> > founded PoD boutique, would not be very happy if the book appeared as a
> > free document on the www.
> >
> > Regards
> >
> > Michael Meier
> >

Dr. David Goodman
Research Librarian and
Biological Science Bibliographer
Princeton University Library
Princeton, NJ 08544-0001
phone: 609-258-7785
fax: 609-258-2627
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