14.0411 self-archiving and online publishing

From: by way of Willard McCarty (willard@lists.village.Virginia.EDU)
Date: 10/25/00

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 411.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
             Date: Wed, 25 Oct 2000 20:06:49 +0100
             From: Joel Goldfield <joel@funrsc.fairfield.edu>
             Subject: Re: 14.0394 self-archiving & online publishing
    Willard McCarty replied in part my posting as follows:
    "In regard to Harnad's advocacy of online self-archiving in Humanist
    14.0388, my recent experiences in trawling the Web for publications on
    hyperlinking and related matters come down strongly on his side."
    I also prefer having more research rather than less.  But I hope we
    see colleagues observing etiquette concerning the linking of their
    research to that of other's.  Publication, with footnotes and the like,
    formalizes that process.  Self-archiving does not, and I have
    found situations where colleagues who should have notified each other
    of links to their self-archived, unpublished research did not.  It's one
    thing to mention and describe someone's work, another to link to it.
    Like Willard, I thik we should encourage
    self-archiving on the net, for with the various search engines and strategies,
    more "kindred spirits" will find each other.  The "scooping" that Willard
    refers to may be a valid concern, I believe, when one is working on
    an article, and the publisher requires that certain core material not
    have been published elsewhere or if there's a momentous
    humanities computing discovery in the offing (more power to us!).
    But many of us seek comments on our work, such as before or after
    delivering a paper,
    or just to put the message out there  la Vigny.  Then the benefits of
    or placing research in an easily found archive sponsored by an
    umbrella organization are clear.  Perhaps more of our professional
    organizations would be interested in sponsoring such web spaces or
    archival research space with the appropriate disclaimers, facilitating
    present and future authors' finding each other amongst the dynamic
    library's holdings.
    Joel Goldfield
    Fairfield University
    Fairfield, Connecticut

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