[hackerspaces] Explaining arXiv again :) (HSF2009 round-table)

friday demola demolaboy at gmail.com
Wed Jul 15 16:56:19 CEST 2009




On 7/1/09, Bartosz Kostrzewa <zoombat at runbox.com> wrote:
> Hi everyone, I hope those that were at HSF have safely returned home.
> Thanks to /tmp/lab/ and all other organizers for setting up such a
> pleasant event.
> Now to what I wanted to talk about:
> During the round-table I mentioned the arXiv pre-print server and
> stupidly explained how works which are submitted to Nature are bound to
> an NDA. Let me explain again:
> arXiv.org is a server run by Cornell University which accepts pre-prints
> (e.g. papers that have not yet gone through full peer-review and have
> not yet been published in journals) and offers access for anyone. It
> stores papers in the fields of Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science
> (including cryptography and security), Quantitative Biology,
> Quantitative Finance and Statistics.
> I'm not current with the contents in CS but I'm sure that preprints of
> many works that end up in IEEE journals can be found on arXiv. So if you
> do publish in IEEE, submitting a preprint to arXiv is a good way of
> making the paper accessible to everyone.
> All of the works on arXiv are NOT bound by NDAs or similar nonsense.
> EXCEPT for papers which are about to be published in Nature (unlikely
> for Computer Science). Nature stupidly requires their authors to sign
> something akin to an NDA. Essentially they pledge not to talk about
> their paper before its publication in Nature. Still, the author is
> perfectly free to post it to arXiv, but because of the restriction, the
> paper has to include a note that reader of that paper are encouraged not
> to talk publicly (ie. in the media) about the paper before publication
> either. (as this might result in Nature refusing the publication, which
> is a big deal in Biology for instance)
> A more thorough discussion of the problem can be found here:
> http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/cosmicvariance/2009/06/09/if-a-paper-is-submitted-to-nature-does-it-still-make-a-sound/
> Greets,
> 	-Bartek
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