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Re: How many (peer reveiwed) journals are there?
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- Date: Thu, 6 Nov 2008 21:00:22 EST
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Maybe it's a journal if it has an ISSN? Sandy Thatcher
I'm sorry to be coy, but I don't understand how this question is meaningful. Journals are defined (mostly) by the community they serve. While we like to think of journals as collections of articles, "article" also requires some definition. And while we consider peer-review to be a universal standard of rigor, it is based on *whose* peers you are talking about. A journal can still be a journal even though it publishes so infrequently, one would question whether calling it a journal is even appropriate. Look at scores of BioMedCentral or Bentham Science journals that seem to maintain their presence in spite of attracting no articles. To the question of "what is a journal anyway?" we should add "what is the sound of one hand clapping?" and ponder this for some time. --Phil Davis