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Re: [ontolog-forum] the case for an open research group

To: dodds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "[ontolog-forum]" <ontolog-forum@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
From: Patrick Durusau <patrick@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 12 Jan 2007 11:30:52 -0500
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Ed,    (01)

Ed Dodds wrote:    (02)

>Ontolog Journal maybe? Saw this http://pkp.sfu.ca/?q=ojs
>>>since June??
>that's an eternity in internet time. I feel compelled to make an open
>criticism of how the journal reviews business sadly can sometimes slow
>down and hinders scientific progress, rather than promoting it (making
>the case for an open research group I guess)
Well, yes and no. I am sure part of the problem is that most reviewers 
are working as volunteers, that may not be the case with some of the 
$10,000/year medical journals, but it has been my experience in the 
humanities.    (03)

I don't think it is anyone's intention to slow down progress but 
reviewing articles for a journal is one task among many, all of which 
are competing for attention.    (04)

Personally I favor a system of "open peer review" which is what actually 
happens if you want the citation of literature over time. There are some 
articles that are cited 10, 15, or even 20 years after publication, but 
the number of those is vanishingly small. The same is true for 
monographs. So much for publishers and peer review insuring publication 
of significant research.    (05)

By "open peer review" I mean a system where I could decide to follow any 
articles that Peter Yim marks as "must read" as ones that I want to 
read. Which would mean more to me than an article appearing in a journal 
that was reviewed by someone undisclosed or unknown to me.    (06)

We all do this now by forwarding each other pointers to specific 
articles and what I am suggesting simply makes it a bit more regularized.    (07)

You can do this with CiteSeer to some degree by looking at the citation 
history of articles. If it is more than a year old and has no (or few) 
citations, it is very likely a real dog.    (08)

Perhaps as part of the Ontolog community a system could be setup for 
people to enter articles (with access pointers) that others can rate as 
they read them. If that could be done so that I could choose what rating 
qualifies something as something that I would like to read or to enable 
me to follow the recommendations of a particular individual, that would 
be really useful. We have the technology to do all aspects of this now. 
I guess we simply need the will to implement it.    (09)

Hope you are looking forward to a great weekend!    (010)

Patrick    (011)

Patrick Durusau
Chair, V1 - Text Processing: Office and Publishing Systems Interface
Co-Editor, ISO 13250, Topic Maps -- Reference Model
Member, Text Encoding Initiative Board of Directors, 2003-2005    (012)

Topic Maps: Human, not artificial, intelligence at work!     (013)

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