Deconstructed Journal Model Deconstructed

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Mon, 18 Jul 2005 14:04:33 -0400

The medium-independent essential function of a journal is and always
has been that of peer-review service-provider, certifying the outcome
of the peer-review, if successful, with the journal-name and associated
track-record for quality (a "metadata" tag). The rest is and always has
been just the arbitrary features of the storage and dissemination medium
(which was for long print-on-paper).

     "Distinguishing the Essentials from the Optional Add-Ons" (2001)

This essential quality-control/certification function will remain
the essential function of journals regardless of medium-change or
cost-recovery model change. The disaggregated/deconstructed journal model
is incoherent, imagining that the essential function of a "journal" is
something other than what it really is -- and vastly underestimating
the power of search-engines designed to navigate all and only the
journal-tagged literature.

     "Re: Alternative publishing models - was:
     Scholar's Forum: A New Model..." (1999)

But this is all beside the point. What we need now is for journal
articles to be objectively self-archived, not for journals to be
subjectively deconstructed.

Stevan Harnad

On Sat, 16 Jul 2005, Heather Morrison wrote:

> John Smith has published a fascinating article explaining the
> Deconstructed Journal Model (DJM) in the May/June issue of Research
> Information, at:
> My thoughts on the DJM: at present, as John mentions, this model is
> more complex than traditional publishing. I wonder, though, whether
> this is because the model actually incorporates more than one
> variant. In practice, once one variant is selected and put into
> place, perhaps the DJM won't seem all that complex at all. For
> example, an author could place an article in the repository, notify
> the CA (certifying agency), who would then arrange for peer-review
> and editing, and the final certified version could then be placed in
> the repository.
> The overlay journal concept would be another method to accomplish the
> certification process. Perhaps one could develop a diagram to show
> the overlay journal approach, where the overlay journal oversees the
> certification process. This, too, would then seem a simpler model
> than it appears at present.
> Thoughts?
> Heather Morrison
> "The academic library of the 21st Century will be less concerned with
> collecting the primary literature than with helping readers to
> navigate through the literature and disseminating research results
> that are generated within its own institution. The challenges are
> great, but so too are the benefits to research, the academic and
> library communities, and society in general."
> From:
> Prosser, David C. (2005) Fulfilling the Promise of Scholarly
> Communication a Comparison Between Old and New Access Models, in
> Nielsen, Erland Kolding and Saur, Klaus G and Ceynowa, Klaus, Eds.
> Die innovative Bibliothek : Elmar Mittler zum 65.Geburtstag, pp.
> 95-106. K G Saur.
> (Thanks to OA News for the alert to David Prosser's article).
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