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Subject: Så sant som det är sagt
From: Jan Szczepanski <[log in to unmask]>
Reply-To:BIBLIST - Topics in Nordic research library user services <[log in to unmask]>
Date:Tue, 27 Nov 2007 08:22:44 +0100
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Hej,

Lika strålande som vädret kommer att bli idag här
i Göteborg, lika strålande sant David Goodmans inlägg
på liblicense om risken av att teknokratiska elefanter
ger sig in i forskarsamhället för att styra och ställa.

Det är väl OK inom STM men blir helt tokigt inom humaniora
och samhällsvetenskaperna, dom verkligt tunga vetenskapliga
områdena där sanningen inte är så lättfångad och entydig.

Här är ett citat ur David Goodmans inlägg

No librarian or publisher-- nobody but an uninformed academic 
bureaucrat-- would ever attempt to compare the quality of 
journals between different fields, or the work of faculty between 
different fields, using publication counts or citation metrics, 
regardless of attempts at normalization.

There may be rational objective methods for the distribution of 
resources within individual academic subjects, but the 
distribution of library or research or education resources among 
the different subjects is a political question. It is for example 
reasonable to attempt a rational discussion of which 
developmental molecular biologists do the best research, or the 
relative importance of the different publication media in 
developmental molecular biology, but to decide the relative 
importance of researchers in that subject with respect to the 
other fields of biology--let alone to mathematics--or even more 
absurdly, comparative literature-- is not a question for 
calculation.

Det finns en jättebra och jätteviktig artikel av Geoffrey
Crossick i senaste numret av Serials "Journals in the arts and
humanities: their role in evaluation" som helt stöder David
Goodman som har en bakgrund från Princeton University Library

Arikeln pekar på att fackgranskade tidskrifter inte är lika
själklara inom humaniora och samhällsvetenskaperna som inom
STM och att boken fortfarande är det som ger mest prestige.

"The most presitious form of output in the humanites is still the 
monograph, thematic books, scholarly editions of texts and 
judgment of peers remains the core way to establish the quality 
of research outputs."

Jan


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Jan Szczepanski
Förste bibliotekarie 
Goteborgs universitetsbibliotek 
Box 222
SE 405 30 Goteborg, SWEDEN 
Tel: +46 31 773 1164 Fax: +46 31 163797 
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