Re: Garfield: "Acknowledged Self-Archiving is Not Prior Publicati on"

From: Jan Velterop <jan_at_BIOMEDCENTRAL.COM>
Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2002 09:50:20 +0100

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Stevan Harnad []
> Sent: 05 September 2002 18:22
> Subject: Re: Garfield: "Acknowledged Self-Archiving is Not Prior
> Publication"
> On Thu, 5 Sep 2002, David Goodman wrote:
> > The recognition that Jan correctly specifies to be a
> principal purpose of
> > scholarly communication need not depend on labeling, let alone upon
> > "journals" even "as a concept."
> It is not labeling. It is certification, on the basis of the known and
> hence reliable reputation of the journal, of the outcome of a quality
> control process performed by qualified experts (peers).

This is semantics. Of course it is certification. So how do we know it's
certified and by whom? We apply a 'stamp', a 'label'. A label is an outward
and easily identifyable sign of having been certified.

> (Moreover, as cannot be repeated often enough, peer-review is
> not merely
> a passive red/green light decision: It is a dynamic interaction
> between author and peer reviewers, mediated by and answerable to the
> editor, and often involving several rounds of substantive revision and
> re-refereeing. Not only does this process provide a reliable signpost
> for where in the hierarchy or quality and rigor a given paper falls,
> but it also maximizes its quality.)
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