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Re: Does Dramatic Growth of DOAJ Signal Success or Market Dysfunction?
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- Date: Wed, 22 Dec 2010 22:11:42 EST
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Thinking about success in terms of authors, readers or institutions (as Sally proposes) are useful distinctions. Characterizing "success" in terms of the *functions* of publishing would also be helpful, especially in terms of whether dramatic growth in DOAJ titles satisfies any of these goals: 1. Registration of ideas 2. Validation of truth claims 3. Dissemination of these new claims 4. Archiving 5. Designation of credit Economic "success," at least in terms of efficiency would mean to carry out the above functions as well as possible with minimal expenditure of resources: money -- but more importantly, time -- for all of those who contribute to, and benefit from, scientific publishing. It is unfortunate that some see skepticism of some of the truth claims made about open access as an attack on openness itself. Movements are strengthened when they encourage discussion and debate. Ad hominem attacks are the sign of a truly weak position. Phil Davis Sally Morris wrote: > Not sure if Scott's question was serious or not, but it's > actually an interesting one. > > Seems to me that there are a number of aspects of 'success' in a > journals system.
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