Re: Electronic archiving and IIS talk

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Fri, 8 Sep 2000 18:11:16 +0100

On Fri, 8 Sep 2000, Lynn C. Hattendorf Westney wrote:

> the easy availability of (unrefereed)
> preprints is downright disturbing to me as I am sure it is to others.

Those who find unrefereed preprints disturbing are advised to ignore
them, and stick to refereed postprints.

For those active researchers who might, on the contrary, find it useful
for their own research to access research findings as early as possible
(cognizent of the fact that they have not yet been validated by peer
review), don't ignore preprints.

   Harnad, S. & Carr, L. (2000) Integrating, Navigating and Analyzing
   Eprint Archives Through Open Citation Linking (the OpCit Project).
   Current Science (special issue honour of Eugene Garfield) (in press)

Let 1000 flowers bloom. The refereed literature is just a subset of the
Scholarly Skywriting Continuum.

   Harnad, S. (1990) Scholarly Skywriting and the Prepublication
   Continuum of Scientific Inquiry. Psychological Science 1: 342 - 343
   (reprinted in Current Contents 45: 9-13, November 11 1991).

Stevan Harnad
Professor of Cognitive Science
Department of Electronics and phone: +44 23-80 592-582
             Computer Science fax: +44 23-80 592-865
University of Southampton
Highfield, Southampton

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