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Re: Scholarly Publishing Principles -- David Goodman Stephen D. Clark 13 Jun 2000 17:24 UTC

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Subject: Re: Scholarly Publishing Principles -- Dan Lester
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2000 13:10:36 -0400
From: David Goodman <>
Organization: Princeton University Biology Library

The real irony is that, while
> >      ....  Most people outside of higher education
> > (at least in my experience) are much more concerned with the quality
> > and affordability of undergraduate education; they tend to regard research
> > as secondary unless they see it leading directly to economic development in
> > their region.

The undergraduate colleges and non-research oriented universities all
without exception require research of their faculty for both appointment

Although the research may be truly of

>> no importance to the typical state college or university
>> unless they can see a dollar return, and see it NOW.

the administrators of that typical state college do not see it that way.
I am
cynical enough to suggest that this is because of the need of these
administrators, when confronted with the inconsistent and unreliable
of these institutions, to find all possible excuses for denying tenure.

To some extent, the legislatures and trustees responsible for the
funding of
these institutions are at fault for requiring a higher (or at least more
expensive) standard of work than they are willing to pay for.

Not that all who want to should not do research--we merely need a
less expensive way of publishing it. We now have such a way. So the
step is for academic institutions to accept peer reviewed publications
regardless of format, and accept other modes of peer review than that by
journal referees, and thus judge work by the quality of the work, not by
expense put into the publication of the results.

> --
> Dan Lester
> 3577 East Pecan, Boise, ID 83716-7115 USA

Dr. David Goodman
Biology Librarian, and
Co-Chair, Electronic Journals Task Force
Princeton University Library
phone: 609-258-3235            fax: 609-258-2627