your own journal? electronic pub?

Ross Whetten rosswhet at
Tue Aug 10 13:51:29 EST 1993

In article <93217.091949FORSDYKE at QUCDN.QueensU.CA>, FORSDYKE at QUCDN.QueensU.CA writes:

|>   It is even simpler than that. Anyone, RIGHT NOW, can post the full text of
|>a paper in a suitable newsgroup. The newsgroups are archived at at least two
|>sites from which they can be retrieved. The major stumbling block is getting
|>general agreement on how the item should be cited in the paper literature.
|>I have suggested that we copy the format of most paper citations, using various
|>features of the date as "volume" and "page numbers".
|>   e.g. Whetten, R. (1993) Bionet.journals.note 804, 1315
|>        where 804 stands for August 4th and 1315 is the time the message was
|>        posted.
|>Ideally, with this information, the item could readily be retrieved electronic-
|>I think David Kristofferson is the best person to work to get some convention
|>agreed upon both by the electronic network users and by the Editors of the
|>paper literature.
|>                 Sincerely, Don Forsdyke

I think it would be desirable to have abstracting/indexing of articles posted
to moderated groups as a means of increasing the visibility of those papers to
the worldwide community of scientists, not all of whom may routinely read
usenet groups. I have looked at the archived articles from this newsgroup (as
a test case) on the IUBIO gopher server, and found that they are listed by a
number that does not correspond to either the number that appears next to the
article on my newsreader, nor to the message ID number in the header. If some
consistent means of archiving can be found, as Don suggests, one obstacle will
be overcome. Getting people to submit papers and making readers aware of the new
resource are still important goals, however.

Ross Whetten 
Research Assistant Professor 
Forest Biotechnology Group
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-8008  USA
telephone or fax (919)515-7801
e-mail rosswhet at

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