Publishing and Perishing

Gregory Alan Bolcer (
Tue, 14 Jul 1998 14:35:16 -0700

So much for free dissemination of ideas...
If they only knew how many papers I've
put up on the Web before submitting them
to journals and conferences.


Journals Differ on Whether to Publish
Articles That Have Appeared on the Web

Many scholars wish they would, but some publishers fear
an erosion of peer review -- and of profits


Ronald E. LaPorte suffered a rude surprise in April, when The
Journal of the American Medical Association turned down a
paper he had submitted.

The paper, on the future of the Internet and its implications for
biomedical research, wasn't rejected as being of poor quality; it
never got that far.

Instead, the journal's editors refused the paper because
material from it already had appeared in a series of archived
video recordings on a World-Wide Web site operated by Mr.
LaPorte, a professor of epidemiology at the University of

"You address an interesting topic," wrote Margaret A. Winkler,
a senior editor at the journal, in a rejection letter to Mr.
LaPorte. "However, your article has already been posted on
the Web, which is a form of prior publication, so we will not be
able to consider it for publication in JAMA."