Re: Garfield: "Acknowledged Self-Archiving is Not Prior Publication"

From: Albert Henderson <chessNIC_at_COMPUSERVE.COM>
Date: Thu, 12 Sep 2002 17:30:27 -0400

On Thu, 12 Sep 2002, Stevan Harnad wrote:

> Publishers are essential contributors to the implementation of peer
> review, but their art and skill does not lie in the making of the
> judgments. Those judgments are made by the peer-reviewers --
> researchers who give away their services for free, just as the authors
> are researchers who give away their research papers for free.

        Publishers recruit and train editors. Publishers
        may also support editors' office, meeting, and
        travel expenses.

        Editors recruit referees, solicit their
        advice and evaluate their reports.

        No automated server can ever replace editors,
        publishers, and their active approach to
        critical prepublication review.

        It is far more likely that the availability
        of preprints will become another excuse for
        backoffice budget misers to force the
        cancellation of more subscriptions.

        Best wishes,

Albert Henderson
Received on Thu Sep 12 2002 - 22:30:27 BST

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