8.0317 News from the IPPE (1/117)

Thu, 17 Nov 1994 18:43:03 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 8, No. 0317. Thursday, 17 Nov 1994.

Date: Wed, 09 Nov 94 20:10:03 +0900
From: phil-preprints-admin@phil-preprints.L.chiba-u.ac.jp
Subject: News from the IPPE (04 Nov 94)

N e w s f r o m t h e I P P E
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World Wide Web access now available
----------------------------------- Access to the preprints and all
other materials in the International Philosophical Preprint Exchange's
collection, including the abstracts and tables of contents of an
increasing number of philosophical journals, is now available via Mosaic
and the World Wide Web.

Our WWW server is still under development and is changing rapidly, and
at the moment there are still several rough spots, but access to all the
IPPE materials is in place. Due to the rich interface provided by the
Web, browsing the IPPE via Mosaic (or any other Web browser) is now the
preferred access method. Mosaic and other Web browsers allow easy
access to the multiple formats in which the IPPE stores each paper,
allowing users to as easily browse an abstract or an ASCII version of a
paper online as to download or print a fully-formatted version. In
addition, we have provided navigation aids such as a colorful graphical
map of the IPPE (not to mention the attractive new graphical IPPE logo).

In addition, much of the IPPE's structure, and many of our informational
documents, are being redesigned to take full advantage of the hypertext
capabilities of the Web. Expect further announcements soon.

In NCSA Mosaic, Netscape, lynx, or your WWW browser of choice, open the
URL http://phil-preprints.L.chiba-u.ac.jp/IPPE.html to pay us a visit.

New journals online
------------------- Since the last "News from the IPPE" in July, several
more journals have joined our program of making pre-press abstracts,
tables of contents, and in some cases selected full-text articles
available online. Recent additions include Ethics and the Journal of
the History of Philosophy, and arrangements are currently being made
with five other journals, bringing the total number of journals
available or soon to be available through the IPPE to over a dozen. We
invite the editors of other journals to contact us at the address given

Call for submissions
-------------------- The IPPE invites the submission of working papers
in all areas of philosophy. Submissions undergo an informal process of
"minimal refereeing" by the IPPE's international board to ensure that
they are of contemporary philosophical interest, but need not be in
fully publishable condition as they stand. Due to the flexibility of
our electronic media, no length limits apply.

The IPPE's large collection of working papers is currently being visited
by over 1000 philosophers and graduate students each month, providing
the widest possible exposure for works in progress. Authors benefit
from the critical attention of colleagues world-wide. Many authors have
received incisive commentaries and forged important international
connectins with workers in their areas, and the exposure produced by
placing a paper on the IPPE has also in a number of cases yielded
tangible benefits including speaking invitations and offers of

Copyright to a paper placed on the the IPPE remains with the author, and
therefore placing a paper on the IPPE is no obstacle to subsequent
publication. Placing a working draft on the IPPE provides an ideal way
to beenfit from the critical attention of the international philiophical
community before submitting a work for publication.

Call for commentaries
--------------------- The IPPE invites the submission of well-reasoned
commentaries on any working paper currently available on the IPPE.
Commentaries are subject to the same "minimal refereeing" process
described above for working papers. Accepted commentaries are made
available on the IPPE alongside the original papers to which they apply,
and the authors of the original papers are invited to respond in similar

IPPE represented at PSA/4S/HSA meeting
-------------------------------------- The Round Table on Electronic
Communications at October's joint meeting of the PSA, 4S, and HSA
provided an opportunity for members of the IPPE's Board to meet with
representatives of several other leading projects in electronic media
for philosophy and science studies. Among the topics discussed were
means of lowering the technological barriers to access to electronic
communications resources, and especially to the submission of materials,
and the formation of a consortium or clearinghouse for electronic
publishers in these fields. Much was accomplished, and even greater
possibilities lie ahead.

Renovations nearly complete
--------------------------- The International Philosophical Preprint
Exchange's ambitious project to create an integrated system allowing the
preprints and other documents on the IPPE to be distributed
simultaneously by means of the World Wide Web in addition to the
previously implemented Gopher, ftp, and mail-server access methods is
nearly complete. The customized software we have developed for this
purpose allows the IPPE staff to easily make a single copy of a working
paper available through all four of our supported access methods.

Accessing the International Philosophical Preprint Exchange:
By www: Open the URL http://phil-preprints.L.chiba-u.ac.jp/IPPE.html
By gopher: Use Gopher to go to either apa.oxy.edu or kasey.umkc.edu
By ftp: ftp to either Phil-Preprints.L.Chiba-U.ac.jp, or
By email: Mail to phil-preprints-service@Phil-Preprints.L.Chiba-U.ac.jp

To place a paper or comment on the IPPE: see pub/submissions/README.
If you have questions: send mail to <cburke@nexus.yorku.ca>.