I recently had a short technical note rejected by JAAS, wrote a bitchy self-indulgent blog post about it. Then through the miracle of delayed posting came back and revisited it before it went live. So, in an attempt to create something productive (and marginally less self-indulgent) out of the experience, I’d like to look into the final comment of the first reviewer:
2g. References: I could locate but not open Geostandards Newsletter and Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research journals. I could not find ICP-MS Journal 2000 (refs 1 and 1-10). Ref. 11 is not complete. I had also no access to refs. 4-7, 12, 13. Ref. 14 is missing.
Geostandards newsletter, which became GAGR in 2001 or so, was the publication referenced in numbers 2, 3 (mostly), and 9. Number 8 referenced an article in JAAS, the journal for which this person was reviewing. How many does that leave?
In reality, of course, it doesn’t matter if anyone ever reads papers. Papers are just a way ot scorekeeping for promotion reviews of professional academics. Back in the 19th and 20th centuries, however, journals were actually used for the dissemination of scientific information. I’m not old enough to know what that was like, but it does make me wonder:
If non-academic scientists get all old-fashioned and traditional, and feel the urge to give their colleagues tips, what is the point of trying to publish papers if even the people who review the papers can’t read any of the work on which the research is based?
The reference list is attached. Observant readers may note that my likelihood to be taken seriously as a scientist might improve if I could successfully demonstrate the ability to count to three.
1 C. Tye, K. Sakata, ICP-MS Journal 2000, 8, 7.
2 S. M. Eggins 2003 Geostandards and Geoanalytical Research 2003, 27, 147–162
2 K Sakata, N. Yamada, Naoki Sugiyama Spectrochimica Acta Part B, 2001, 56, 1249-1261.
3 K. Govindaraju. Geostandards Newsletter 1994, 18, 1-158; S.M. Eggins, J. D. Woodhead, L. P. J. Kinsley, G. E. Mortimer, P. Sylvester, M. T. McCulloch, J. M. Hergt, M. R. Handler. Chemical Geology 1997, 134, 311-326; M. D. Norman, W. L. Griffin, N. J. Pearson, M. O. Garcia, S. Y. O'Reilly, Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 1998, 13, 477-482; R. W. Hinton, Geostandards Newsletter: The Journal of Geostandards and Geoanalysis 1999, 23, 197-207; S. Gao, X. Liu, H. Yuan, B. Hattendorf, D. Günther, L. Chen, S. Hu, Geostandards Newsletter: The Journal of Geostandards and Geoanalysis 2002, 26, 181-196.
4 S.-s. Sun W. F. McDonough. 1989 Chemical and isotopic systematics of oceanic basalts: implications for mantle composition and processes Geological Society, London, Special Publications; v. 42; p. 313-345
5 J. Longhi, American Journal of Science 1987, 287, 265-331.
6 D. L. Hamilton, D. M. B. Henderson, Mineralogical Magazine 1968, 36, 832-838.
7 S. Eggins, R. Grün, A. Pike, J. M. S. Shelley and L. Taylor, Quaternary Science Reviews 2003, 22, 1373–1382.
8 H. P . Longerich, S. E. Jackson and D. Gunther, Journal of Analytical Atomic Spectrometry, 1996, 11, 899-904
9 N. J. G. Pearce, W. T. Perkins, J. A. Westgate, M.P. Gorton, S.E. Jackson, C. R. Neal, S. P. Chenery, Geostandards Newsletter, 1997, 21, 115-144.
10 C. Tye, K. Sakata, ICP-MS Journal 2000, 8, 7.
11 I. Parsons, C. Magee, C. Allen, J. M. S. Shelley, M. Lee, Mutual replacement reactions in alkali feldspars II: Trace element partitioning and geothermometry. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology. In Press.
12 A. Kallio, T. Ireland; “Silicate melt inclusions in komatiites as potential indicators for crustal growth”. 2006 16th annual Goldschmidt conference.
13 J. D.Stopar, G. J. Taylor, and M. D. Norman 2007 Aqueous alteration in Naklite MIL 03346: LA-ICPMS and Raman spectrometry. 7th International Mars Conference.
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