LINGUIST List 7.1027

Mon Jul 15 1996

Disc: Journal proliferation: pro & con

Editor for this issue: T. Daniel Seely <>


  1. Michael Covington, Re: 7.1016, Sum: Journal proliferation: pro & con

Message 1: Re: 7.1016, Sum: Journal proliferation: pro & con

Date: Thu, 11 Jul 1996 16:44:27 EDT
From: Michael Covington <>
Subject: Re: 7.1016, Sum: Journal proliferation: pro & con
I want to second M. Meechan's point that publishing in a journal, even
a minor one, is better than just circulating papers to friends.

One peculiarity of linguistics compared to some other fields is that in
linguistics, relatively few journals are considered respectable, and
publishing in a "bad" journal can allegedly lower a person's reputation.
Early in my career, I was warned not to publish in certain journals.

That is an unfortunate situation because it leads to people leaving
their work entirely unpublished. It would be better off to make it
available, even in the humblest journal. That's what journals are for. 

New journals are welcome, as long as they don't charge outrageous

Michael A. Covington
Artificial Intelligence Center <><
The University of Georgia Unless specifically indicated, I am
Athens, GA 30602-7415 U.S.A. not speaking for the University.
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