On 1 January 2014 02:55, Platonist Guitar Cowboy

> On Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 11:53 PM, Telmo Menezes <te...@telmomenezes.com>wrote:
>> Hi John,
>> > as a former ed-in-chief of a science magazine (Ion Exchange and
>> Membranes) I
>> > know the difficulties one can run into if trying to get peer-review
>> approval
>> > on "NEW" ideas that do not fit into the conventional scientific fabric
>> of
>> > college courses. I was a risk-taker and provided space for several new
>> ideas
>> > that made sens - to me. ('Let the readership decide and debate').
>> It's interesting to read this. I agree that the current model of
>> peer-review leads to too much conservatism, and "me-too" papers are
>> much more likely to get approved than the ones with novel ideas. On
>> the other hand, there's only so much time to keep up with the
>> literature, so some amount of filtering is required.
> I see 2 problems: everybody wants to publish + the peer groups that
> control certain domains and their journals are too often specialized
> cowards, that have to make bread, and fear "losing face" for publishing
> something crackpot style, like those nonsense articles that get through the
> peer process into publication from time to time.

 Like Alan Sokal - my hero!!!


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