Fwd: Do academic journals pose a threat to the advancement of science?
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chessnic at COMPUSERVE.COM
Sat Aug 22 11:37:49 EDT 2009
Speaking of biases, the Zoe Corbyn article
is typical of the dust
too often raised in the cold war waged by university bureaucrats
against science associations for control of
journals is meant to undermine the financial power of the
associations. Some university managers would like to eliminate
journals as a too-costly interface between authors and readers.
At times, both sides scapegoat commercial publishers that
compete with the associations' journals. At other times,
it is the
associations that suffer. A variety of editors and librarians, as
quoted by Ms. Corbyn,
shill for university budgetistas. Twenty
years ago, major news organizations in the US were embarrassed
to learn how they were used as they failed to check out an unsigned
report on the economics of scientific journals.
The threat to scientific communication is far more profound than
naive complaints about twits, copyrights, and metrics.
The economic underpinning of science publishing -- i.e. the research
libraries that buy journals -- has
stagnated far behind the robust
growth of academic R&D (which generates journal papers). These
metrics are easily available for anyone interested. This inequity leaves
editors to reject perfectly good papers while the PHYSICAL
for example, accepts whatever research papers meet its
editorial standards. It
leaves librarians looking for metrics to guide
programs and publishers treading water in their wake.
Science publishers are responsible for the integrity of the scientific record.
with scant resources, the first publishers took great risks in
search of a personal profit. There is
nothing to stop anyone from getting
into the business. If anyone believes
they can make a better journal, I say,
Go for it.
However, the obvious solution to the threat to scientific communication is to
library spending to keep pace with production of journal articles.
University managers like their profits too much (and care about their integrity
too little) to do it without government
Albert Henderson, former Editor PUBLISHING RESEARCH QUARTERLY
From: Stephen J Bensman <notsjb at LSU.EDU>
To: SIGMETRICS at LISTSERV.UTK.EDU
Sent: Wed, Aug 19, 2009 9:45 am
Subject: [SIGMETRICS] Do academic journals pose a threat to the advancement of science?
Some anti-metric, anti-evaluative screeds making the rounds. Their
authors may be members of this listserv. I myself am not so hot on
metric evaluations, but the ultimate argument in their favor is that
evaluations will be made consciously or unconsciously, and you might as
well attempt to quantify the biases as a the first step in obtaining a
somewhat more accurate picture.
Stephen J. Bensman
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
notsjb at lsu.edu
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[mailto:owner-liblicense-l at lists.yale.edu] On Behalf Of Colin Steele
Sent: Monday, August 17, 2009 3:33 PM
To: liblicense-l at lists.yale.edu
Subject: Do academic journals pose a threat to the advancement of
A long article from Zoe Corbyn, in the British Times Higher
Education Supplement for August 13th with the above title has
some extremely cogent comments regarding the present situation in
academic publishing and the impact of the increasing trends to
measure research both individually and institutionally through
bibliometric and other numeric processes.
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