Re: BBC cites a preprint from arXiv

From: David Whitehouse-ONLINE <david.whitehouse_at_BBC.CO.UK>
Date: Tue, 24 May 2005 23:54:16 +0100

No it's not unique. The BBC Science News website has over the years
reported on many arXiv papers as well as preprints/papers submitted
to/conference abstracts.
David Whitehouse.


From: American Scientist Open Access Forum
Behalf Of Leslie Carr
Sent: 24 May 2005 15:36
Subject: Re: BBC cites a preprint from arXiv

Usually it's New Scientist that picks these stories up (they have
grown-up physicists working for them), and indeed the BBC ran a story
based on an arxiv preprint (hep-th/0501068) in March
2005( . So it's not the
first, but I can't find any other examples.

Paul Rincon, the journalist who produced this story, has about 22
stories based on Nature articles and 10 based on Science (if you take
the results of a Google search for " Paul-Rincon
Les Carr 
On 23 May 2005, at 22:03, Eric F. Van de Velde wrote:
        Is this a first? I.e., a major news organization uses unrefereed
self-archived preprint as the basis of a news story. Although not a
major hard-news story, it was posted on the main page of the BBC news
web site. Does this point to the growing acceptance of Open Archives
and/or of arXiv? Does it point to a growing disregard for peer review
(at least, outside of the academy)?
        --Eric Van de Velde, Caltech.
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