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Query Details


Query Subject:   Scientometrics of the LINGUIST
Author:   Victor Kuperman
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   Dear LINGUIST subscribers,

I am an MA student at the Graduate School for Library
and Information Studies, the Hebrew University of
Jerusalem. I am currently involved in scientometric
research of contributors' productivity in the
Internet mailing lists. One of the major factors tha
allegedly shape scholars' productivity is the reward
structure of modern science. Thus, scholars are said
to be motivated to publicize their results via papers,
monographs, patents, conference materials, research
reports etc., since their academic standing and/or
prestige benefits from this. What do you feel are the
gains of contributing to mailing lists, such as the
LINGUIST? How different/similar is publishing in the
Internet mailing list as compared to publishing in
other means of scholarly communication?

These questions may remind one of the "Ethics of
Web-Publishing" discussion held in the LINGUIST in
May-June 2001, so a few words of differentiation are
in due order. Please note that I am interested only in
Internet mailing lists and publishing/posting behavior
of their contributors, as opposed to e-journals,
web-versions of printed journals, preprint collections
etc. Ethical issues concern me only to the exten
they propel or impede one's desire to participate in
a mailing list. Again, I am interested to hear
first-hand opinions on why people feel i
necessary/contributing/beneficial to use such lists as
a communication means.

I'll be thankful for any comment, and when done I'll
post a summary of responses. I encourage subscribers
to respond directly to me.

Thank you,
Victor Kuperman.


LL Issue: 12.2223
Date posted: 12-Sep-2001



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