Email publication/preprint service

FORSDYKE at QUCDN.QueensU.CA FORSDYKE at QUCDN.QueensU.CA
Thu Sep 9 07:46:27 EST 1993


  The philosophers seem to be way ahead of the bio-medical community in the
area of electronic publication. I picked up the following on the History and
Philosophy of Science Bulletin Board, based at Queen's University, Kingston.
Is anyone out there willing to bite the bullet and get a similar service start-
ed for Bionet users?

                    Sincerely,  Don Forsdyke (Discussion Leader)
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From:         Richard Reiner <rreiner at NEXUS.YORKU.CA>
Subject:      philosophy preprint service
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In a recent message on philos-l, Istvan Berkeley
<IBERKELE at vm.ucs.UAlberta.CA> pointed out that many other fields have
organized preprint exchange systems on the net, which allow workers to
comment on one another's works-in-progress, and which help to lower the
cost of keeping up to date in one's field.

Except for the filelists of a few Listserv lists like PHILOSOP and
PHIL-L, philosophy has no such service.  Moreover, these filelists are
not well suited for this task, since placing a paper in one can only be
done by the list owner, who would quickly be overburdened by an active
exchange of papers, reviews, and comments.  Even a zealous and
altruistic listowner coud not overcome a further problem, namely that
having any one person in the position of a bottleneck will cause delays.

Of the available media on the net today, only anonymous ftp allows a
sufficiently free, fast, bi-directional exchange of documents.  Gopher,
wais, and BBS-style systems like the old version of the APA BBS (which
has now migrated to Gopher) all suffer from the drawbacks of filelists
on Listservs: only the service owner can make new documents available.

I'd like to suggest, therefore, that those of us interested in
organizing a service for the exchange of preprints in philosophy begin
to investigate the possibility of setting up an ftp site for this
purpose.  (This would probably involve no more than obtaining permission
to use some disk space on an existing ftp site, plus organizing a little
volunteer labour to periodically move documents from an uploads
directory into better-organized locations.)

As a beginning, perhaps those interested in helping could identify
themselves and say what they are in a position to contribute.  I'll go
first: I can contribute some time, and professional expertise in
computing, but probably cannot contribute any resources on York's
computers.


--
Richard Reiner..............rreiner at nexus.yorku.ca..............416-538-3947

Plunder, v.t.  To take the property of another without observing the decent
    and customary reticences of theft.
                -- Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary
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                                Announcing

            The International Philosophical Preprint Exchange

                                    at

         phil-preprints.l.chiba-u.ac.jp (Chiba University, Japan)

                              Coordinated by
         Richard Reiner (York University) rreiner at nexus.yorku.ca
       Syun Tutiya (Chiba University) tutiya at cogsci.l.chiba-u.ac.jp

                          With the assistance of
        Andrew Burday (McGill University) andy at dep.philo.mcgill.ca
   Istvan Berkeley (University of Alberta) iberkele at vm.ucs.ualberta.ca
         Carolyn L Burke (York University) cburke at nexus.yorku.ca
  George Gale (University of Missouri - Kansas City) ggale at vax1.umkc.edu
                      Paul Osepa (TDS) osepa at tds.com

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The benefits of circulating pre-publication drafts of one's work are well
known: one can learn from the comments, criticisms, and suggestions of
one's peers, and thereby improve one's work; and one can enter into
fruitful dialogues with others doing related research.

The benefits of timely access to pre-publication drafts of the work of
others are also well known: one can gain access to current work in one's
specialty without the delays associated with print publication; and one
gains in a more general sense by participating in a richer, extended
professional community.

However, until now, philosophers have had no organized means of sharing
preprints.

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      Introducing the International Philosophical Preprint Exchange

The International Philosophical Preprint Exchange is a new service on the
Internet intended to make it easy for philosophers with Internet access
of any kind to exchange working papers in all areas of philosophy, and to
comment publicly on each other's work.

The International Philosophical Preprint Exchange provides storage for
working papers, abstracts, and comments, and provides a variety of means
by which papers and abstracts may be browsed and downloaded.

Use of the International Philosophical Preprint Exchange is free of
charge, and open to all.

The International Philosophical Preprint Exchange is located at Chiba
University, Japan, through the generosity of the Department of Philosophy
and of Cognitive and Information Sciences, Chiba University.  It is
administered by an international volunteer group headed by Richard
Reiner.

Paper submissions are accepted from all, on the sole condition that
papers must be of interest to contemporary academic philosophers.  In
addition to original papers, comments on papers already available on the
system are encouraged.

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                             Getting started

Papers and abstracts on the International Philosophical Preprint Exchange
can be retrieved by email, by ftp, and by Gopher.  This means that anyone
with Internet access of any kind can use the service.  We've worked hard
to make the system as easy as possible to use.

If you need detailed help in getting started, send a piece of email to
the address phil-preprints-service at phil-preprints.l.chiba-u.ac.jp
containing exactly the following four lines of text:

   begin
   send getting-started
   index
   end

and a detailed beginner's guide and a list of files available on the
system will be returned to you by email (they will be preceded by a
detailed message acknowledging your request).

Otherwise, just ftp to phil-preprints.l.chiba-u.ac.jp (log in as
"anonymous" or "ftp"); or point your gopher at apa.oxy.edu or at
kasey.umkc.edu (look under "Science Studies"); or send email containing
mail-server commands to
phil-preprints-service at phil-preprints.l.chiba-u.ac.jp (the command "help"
is a good way to begin).

We encourage you to upload your working papers--the sooner the better.  To
make life easier for the coordinators, please read the submission
instructions available on the system before uploading.

Please send any comments or questions about the service by email to
phil-preprints-admin at phil-preprints.l.chiba-u.ac.jp.

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--
Istvan S. N. Berkeley,                  email: istvan at psych.ualberta.ca
Biological Computation Project
Department of Philosophy / Department of Psychology
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta                       Tel:  +1 403 492 4106
T6G 2E9, Canada                         Fax:  +1 403 492 9160



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