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Subject: Re: Issue: Referees & Timely publications ...
From: Aldo-Pier Solari <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:Academic forum on fisheries ecology and related topics <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Fri, 6 Jun 1997 17:25:24 GMT

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] From: Dr Audrey Geffen <[log in to unmask]> writes:

]From  the comments I get from reviewers, I think that much of the
]delay,  and  unwillingness   to   review   comes  from  increased
]sloppiness on the part of authors.   Common  complaints  are:  1)
]resubmission  of  manuscripts from one journal to another without
]substantial  changes.    2)   Lack   of   attention  to  grammer,
]proof-reading etc.   3)  Simultaneous  submissions  to  different
]journals of the same material, 4) just plain poor writing.

And  my  question  is:  WHY is such a poor material being sent to
reviewers by the editors ?.

Sending over a bad MS to a referee implies a waste of  everyone's
time  &  money as well as the aforementioned delays.

And, please, don't tell me scientific publishers do a  fine  job:
They  will  take  beteween  six month and a year (there are cases
whuch took up to 4 years!) to set up proofs which newspaper staff
do over night ...   or  do  you  believe that making a scientific
journal is, graphically speaking, more complicated  than  setting
up anyone daily newspaper ?. Well, it is not.

One of the  main  problems  with publishing companies (scientific
press) is that it is an oligopoly: There  is  little  competition
and  they  can  do  whatever  they  wish.   Many publish obsolete
material due to delays.  That's  why,  during the 70's, the field
of  physics  set  up  their  own  ftp  sites  for  abstracts  (of
unpublished material) and that's why most  scientific  publishers
are  now going over to the web: The conventional paper press is a
phenomenon from the middle ages and  it cannot keep up no longer.
And due to funding reasons et al.  we all are stuck in this  slow

Just a few thoughts.



Aldo-Pier Solari,    Fish. Res. Gr., ULP <[log in to unmask]>
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