Self-Archiving the Refereed Journal Literature

Stevan Harnad harnad at
Fri Nov 26 16:58:36 EST 1999

On Fri, 26 Nov 1999, Prof. Tom Wilson wrote:

> it is not the publishers who provide [quality control] but the rest of 
> the scholarly community acting as unpaid referees

Correct, but the publishers implement the refereeing, and that costs
some money (about $300 per paper).

> it ought to be debated whether a more economically efficient quality
> control process is to publish openly and freely without refereeing and
> rely upon the reader and user of the information to make his or her own
> quality judgements when using or deciding not to use a text.

Such a question is not settled by debating but by testing.

And it has already been much discussed in this forum.

A complete archive of the discussion is available at the American
Scientist September Forum (98 & 99):

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