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Re: [xmca] FW: New PhD comic for 08/05/09!

What message do you take away from the cartoon, Peter?
Publishers for sure should not be the gatekeepers.
And peer review is often flawed.
But then what?

For many years,what is now MCA was a newsletter. A print discussion forum
before the internet evolved as it has.
Then, at Yrjo's urging, it became a print journal, now with online version
if you pay for the print (ask Andy about the
joys of this arrangement) and many people, at present the most burdened of
whom is Wolf-Michael and staff at LCHC,
plus lots of xmca-ites and other reviewers produce MCA. The argument Yrjo
used to get the newsletter to journal status
was that the field and the careers of individuals working in it required
institutionalized recognition. The most recent
version of his is the struggle for ISI status to satisfy the current
generation of bean counters.

It would be easy as pie to chuck all this and have xmca be re-organized so
that people could publish long papers with open
access and no reviewing, so that members of xmca would simply have a long
list of "papers for discussion" and quality would
equal what was discussed a lot.

No ISI, no blind peer commentary. Just agor uber alles. A lot less work for
editors, managing editors, and reviewers.


On Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 2:09 PM, Peter Smagorinsky <smago@uga.edu> wrote:

> This cartoon seems pertinent to some discussions here about academic review
> processes and publication impact. p
> From: PhD Comics [mailto:new_comic@phdcomics.com]
> Sent: Friday, August 07, 2009 2:49 PM
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> Subject: New PhD comic for 08/05/09!
> Hi!
> A new 'Piled Higher & Deeper' comic strip has been posted at:
>  http://www.phdcomics.com/comics.php?n=1208
> Enjoy!
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