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

Daniel Bartlett dan at f-box.org
Wed Jul 15 16:56:44 CEST 2009


On Jul 15, 2009, at 3:56 PM, friday demola wrote:

> 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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