FW: Valparaiso Declaration

Sloan, Bernie bernies at UILLINOIS.EDU
Thu Feb 5 18:28:21 EST 2004

FYI...thought some of you on SIGMETRICS might be interested in this,
particularly points 5 and 6 below...

-----Original Message-----
From: Tomas Baiget [mailto:baiget at sarenet.es]
Sent: Thursday, February 05, 2004 2:40 AM
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Subject: [WEB4LIB] Valparaiso Declaration


On January 14 and 15, 2004, on the campus of the Pontificia Universidad
Catolica de Valparaiso (PUCV) in Valparaiso, Chile, a workshop was held on
the possibilities of electronic publication, in which 120 delegates from 15
countries participated.  Among others, the following experts from various
academic disciplines, publishing houses and libraries took part:

Jorge Allende (researcher from the Universidad de Chile)
Atilio Bustos (Director of the PUCV Library System)
Manuel Krauskopf (Editor of Biological Research)
Claudio Menezes (Regional Advisor for UNESCO)
Hooman Momen (editor of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization)
Graciela Munoz (member of ICSU's CDSI committee, and editor of the
Electronic Journal of Biotechnology)
Abel Packer (Director of BIREME)
Erik Sandewall (President of ICSU's CDSI Committee)
Carol Tenopir (academician at the University of Tennessee)
Jorge Walters(Coordinator of Information Technologies at BIREME).
Tomass Baiget (Project Leader, Statistical Institute of Catalonia, and
editor of the journal El Profesional de la Informacion) acted as the
scientific informant.

At the conclusion of the discussions, the following DECLARATION was drafted:

1.       Experts and researchers must work in favor of scientific rigor,
both adhering to the protocols of the established scientific methods in
their experiments and research studies, and acting with honesty in their
possible collaborations as referees when evaluating the work of their peers.
Likewise, scientific rigor necessarily extends to the entire process of
communication through scientific publications.

2.       Journals must improve their production processes by using online
technologies in order to reduce their publication times.

3.       Assessments of reading habits and analyses of the market for
electronic journals clearly confirm the fact that the Internet is already a
place of convergence and the preferred medium for the transmission of
scientific knowledge.

4.       Managers of scientific journals are responsible for achieving their
maximal dissemination, bringing with it greater visibility and
accessibility.  They should not only ensure that their contents and format
are standardized but also that they are indexed in the greatest possible
number of data bases and indexes, and that the complete texts are
immediately available in multiple repositories.

5.       Knowledge of the current bibliometric and scientometric indicators
must be raised in order to ensure their proper application in the
appropriate context and to prevent aberrations from occurring.  To this end,
the current vicious circle centralized in ISI must be broken, and we must
evolve toward a different, decentralized model that does not put the science
from determined zones and languages at a disadvantage.

6.       Measures must be taken with governments, associations,
professionals, and so forth in order to establish an alternative model for
assessing scientific production, so that science that is not written in
English is given the consideration it deserves in the global context. There
cannot be "second class" avenues in the sciences.

7.       Open software models and sources of information must be fostered to
provide equal opportunity for everyone.

8.       The gradual reduction in publishing costs as a result of electronic
publication (given the fact that the costs of the production process are
more and more being borne by the authors and readers) must inexorably lead
to systems of communicating science that are open and managed by the
scientific community itself.

9.       Librarians and academicians are responsible for teaching students
and users in general how to assess the quality of the information sources
they use.

10. The scientific community must meet to analyze, discuss and propose
publication norms in the  electronic medium as soon as possible.


Further information on the II Latin American Workshop on Resources and
Possibilities for Electronic Publication:




Valparaiso, January 15, 2004

(published on Febr. 4th 2004)

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