sebcjdc at aix-150.ion.bpmf.ac.uk
Wed Dec 14 12:47:16 EST 1994
Electronic publishing: Ginspark
Don Fordyke has expertly addressed the problem of bridging the credibility
gap which exists between paper-based and electronic science communication.
I agree with his thesis that credibility will be gained when electronically
dispersed information can be cited in conventional journals.
If bionet.whatever articles are cited in the conventional media then the large
number of scientists who are still unwilling or unable to use the net, will be
driven, by a combination of curiosity and practical neccessity, to aquire net
Perhaps a physical contact address could be included in citations referring to
electronically published material. The author would keep physical copies
of the article for mailing to people after the article was removed from the
board, this would also allow non-networked scientists such as those in
less developed parts of the world to remain in touch with developments.
The idea of grading articles is also interesting and a newsgroup devoted to
reviewing the contributions to say Bionet.whatever, would possibly produce a
consensus opinion where the majority grade was given to an article after a
period of time. It would certainly make a lively debate.
If newsgroup material is accepted as being as being on a par with paper
published work there will be positive feedback in terms of interest and use
of the the groups and we will all benefit.
James D. Clelland
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