Re: No Free Lunches: We Should Resist the Push to Rush Research Online

From: Stevan Harnad <harnad_at_COGPRINTS.SOTON.AC.UK>
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2001 23:30:17 +0100

The "No Free Lunch" essay by John Ewing in the Chronicle of Higher
is unfortunately yet another instance of the conflation of the essentials
with the optional add-ons (frills).

Peer review is essential. Publishers' on-paper texts, PDF, indexing, reference
links etc. are frills. The only way to test the true market value of those
frills is to stop trying to hold the refereed full-text essentials
hostage to them by force-wrapping them together into one "product."

The issue is not high vs. low journal prices, not commercial vs. noncommercial
publishers. It is about freeing the essentials from the add-on frills.

See the thread:
Distinguishing the Essentials from the Optional Add-Ons

and also:

Harnad, S. (2001) Six Proposals for Freeing the Refereed Literature Ariadne 28 June 2001.

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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