Re: Self-Archiving vs. Self-Publishing FAQ

From: Stevan Harnad <>
Date: Sat, 13 Nov 2004 00:25:29 +0000

On Fri, 12 Nov 2004, R. Stephen Berry wrote:

> The American Chemical Society refuse to publish papers that have been
> put onto open sites such as ArXiV.

That's called the "Ingelfinger Rule" -- fast-fading now, and has nothing
to do with publication. (It always just some journals' arbitrary submission

On Fri, 12 Nov 2004, Rick Anderson wrote:

> the OA establishment has adopted a definition of the word "publish" that is
> both absurdly narrow and professionally egocentric... "to place an article
> in a peer-reviewed scientific journal." [The] word has a much broader,
> more generally accepted, and really more accurate definition: "to make an
> article publicly available"... "Publishing" [describes] what happens when
> an author makes his work freely available to the public through an OA
> archive...

(1) I guess that would mean that self-archiving one's already published
journal article is "publishing a published article."

(2) Try listing unpublished papers as "published articles" on your CV
on the strength of having posted them on the Web (and let us know how
that's received)...

Stevan Harnad

    "Garfield: 'Acknowledged Self-Archiving is Not Prior Publication'" (2002)

    Harnad, Stevan (2000) Ingelfinger Over-Ruled: The Role
    of the Web in the Future of Refereed Medical Journal
    Publishing. Lancet Perspectives 256 (December Supplement): s16.
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