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A Note on Self Publication

Conrad Weisert

Back in 2005 I reviewed a new book on this web site. The author shot back an angry response, longer than my review, in which he twice pointed out that my review had been "self-published".   As is my usual practice I posted his rebuttal on this web site and a link to it in my review.

I don't rebut rebuttals. People who visit this web site can judge a disagreement without my prolonging it.—CW

Presumably the offended author wanted readers to know that my criticisms of his work had not been screened by any editor and that my review might not have gotten accepted by a reputable journal.

I used to submit articles, reviews, and comments to trade journals and professional publications and still do occasionally. Some time ago, however, it became clear that timing is critical when it comes to issues in our rapidly changing field. An informational web site may not serve the interest of a tenure-seeking academic, but it avoids the months, sometimes years, of delay as a submittal passes through a scholarly publication's review cycle. And the less scholarly trade journals keep disappearing.

I shall continue, therefore, to publish timely material (my own and from contributors) on this web site so that readers can see it (and perhaps respond) while it's still fresh.

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Last modified January 6, 2015