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New Non-Profit Science Website In Need Of Help

kenneth Collins kpaulc at earthlink.net
Tue Jan 25 18:07:43 EST 2000

i like the brain-on-fire logo :-)

ken collins

Richard Norman wrote:

> There is a very strong problem in what you want to do, no
> matter how noble the intent.
> Professional scientists publish their work specifically in
> referreed journals.  That it, the manuscripts are reviewed by
> other scientists in the field before publication.  Many submissions
> are rejected, even more require editing, perhaps substantial
> rewriting, even further research before they are accepted.
> This work consitutes the "primary" research literature.
> Professional advancement, at least at academic institutions,
> is based on these publications.  Other works are considered
> useful or interesting, but are much less important.
> Your system is clearly not of this nature.  And it will be viewed
> as merely another private web site that may have interesting
> material, but more likely will be mostly idle speculation, far-
> fetched hypothesizing, ...
> The amount of "real" science that will appear would probably be
> even less than the amount of "real neuroscience"  we get on
> this bionet newsgroup supposedly devoted to neuroscience.
> Of course I will get flamed for stating the reality of the world
> of professional science.  There is definitely a place for the lay
> public and interested "amateur" neurobiologists to propose
> and discuss ideas and to have questions answered -- this
> newsgroup is one of those places.
> But you specifically want a place to search for "current scientific
> research" and the primary literature is that place.
> The Mindfetch Team <contact at mindfetch.net> wrote in message
> news:388D33D1.56775AD3 at mindfetch.net...
> > This is not an ad...well, maybe it is. But I am not looking for people
> > to buy stuff, or to get them to click on the banners on my website.
> >
> > I started a project together with a few other students, because we felt
> > that there is no reliable place on the web to look for current
> > scientific research activities. Search engines return thousands of dead
> > links or links to porn sites that have nothing to do with science.
> >
> > The project is absolutely non-profit (unless someone wants to give us
> > money...) and still in developemnt.
> >
> > What we need are scientists and other reliable sources who would be
> > willing to publish papers on the website. All rights would stay with the
> > authors and the papers would not be edited for people with a Doctorate
> > or a Masters Degree.
> >
> > Please take a look at our site and read the short introduction and
> > decide for yourself if you want to help:
> >
> > http://www.mindfetch.net/
> >
> > We appreciate ANY comments, so drop us a line if you think our project
> > is great (or not)....
> >
> > Thanks a lot,
> >
> >     The Mindfetch Team

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