[Taxacom] IPBES: a new challenge (not for cynics)
fwelter at gwdg.de
Fri Jan 14 06:00:57 CST 2011
> You make a point, that only an expert can understand whether a
> description can be used or not, ie be trusted.
Trusting colleagues is not the point. I need to know the
backgrounds and circumstances under which a certain classification
> I always thought that science
> is about trust because you can reproduce the results.
I would not say science is about trust. Science is also about points
of view. In my field I actually do have to reproduce parts of
studies, or repeat studies with different methods.
But I don't really disagree with you about what scientific
publishing should be alike. I just think this is a world of dreams
which you are proposing there. I fear you are ignoring some basic
economic principles, and this makes it slightly more difficult for
the dreams to come true.
If you are not my friend, well, this also occurs. In such cases I
usually ask a friend of yours who might send me your PDF. Okay, if
you don't have any friends, that might be a problem. As I said, this
is just my experience, getting post-2000 literature is currently not
my main problem. This does not mean that it would not be worth
thinking about how would we come closer to a more efficient way of
scientific publishing in the future, in terms of better public
I admit that in some cases I do not get post-2000 papers of which I
only saw some Google snips. Our library belongs to those you
mentioned, that are not able to pay the horrendous subscription fees.
Well, usually I consider these closed-access papers as not very
important and I tend to ignore them. I don't like to cite a paper
which I could not read. Sooner or later the market will solve
that problem. Citing a journal is supporting that journal. If a
journal is continuously ignored by scientists it will get economic
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