|Date: Fri, 19 Oct 2001
are quite correct in that the old ways die hard, and the scientific
community after all is made of human beings who exhibit all the human
scientists -- some quite famous -- have remarked on this very problem,
and there continue to be articles on it.
None changes much of anything.
Here's a quotation from George:
suggest that most revolutions in science have taken place outside the
lofty arena of the refereed journals, and with good reason.
The philosophy by which these journals govern themselves
virtually precludes publication of ideas that challenge an existing
William K. George, in Editing the Refereed Scientific
Journal, edited by Robert A. Weeks and Donald L. Kinser, IEEE
Press, New York, 1994, p. 227-228.
when one makes it through the peer review process and gets
published in the journals, it is still very difficult to get anything
new taken seriously. Here
is a good quote on that process as well:
used to be able to say things once; if the message was reasonable, it
had a good chance of becoming a permanent part of the structure of the
field. Today, a single
publication is lost; if we say it only once, it will be presumed that
we have changed our mind, and we therefore must publish repeatedly.
This further fuels the large publication volume that requires
us to repeat." Rolf
Landauer, “Fashions in Science and Technology,” Physics Today,
50(12), Dec. 1997, p. 62.