12.0119 e-publication

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Fri, 10 Jul 1998 15:55:48 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 12, No. 119.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

Date: Tue, 7 Jul 1998 10:04:15 -0600 (CDT)
From: Norman Hinton <hinton@uis.edu>
Subject: Re: 12.0118 e-publication

> we seek is an alternate means of achieving those ends." Under the
> proposed plan the papers, once posted online, would be peer-reviewed by a
> panel of experts, just as is now the case with print-published papers. The
> panels, which would be established by scholarly groups, would give each
> article a grade or a stamp of approval. The response so far from some
> disciplinary groups has been lukewarm.
> (Chronicle of Higher Education 26 Jun 98)
> [Perhaps if these lukewarm disciplinary groups were to have a grasp of
> the financial impediments to scholarship in some parts of the world, both
> compassion and self-interest would heat them up. The loss of human talent,
> missing because neither individuals nor their libraries can afford the
> publications on paper, we simply cannot afford. Or so it seems to me.
> Comments welcome. Yours from the ALLC/ACH in Debrecen, Hungary, WM]

I wonder if it would be possible to ascertain which disciplinary groups are
"lukewarm" (i.e., opposed ?). We could start trying to exert some
influence from within.

Not that it will be easy -- I bet that some of these groups don't even
have web sites, don't normally send e-mail to each other, etc. But even
so, the leaders of such groups should start hearing from more
enlightened members.

One question I cannot recall being raised, though I'm sure it has -- any
notion of how much storage space will be necessary to keep back issues
forever available on-line ?

Norman Hinton				hinton@uis.edu

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