Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Saving Chaos, Solitons and Fractals


It is possible?

One commenter here called the demise of CSF "an irresistible spectator sport" and I understand that. It's like driving by a pile-up on a busy highway. You know you should pay more attention to your driving, but somehow you can't avert your eyes.

But can CSF be saved? I'd like to suggest a way. I think it would work, but pride will prevent it from being implemented.


My idea is very simple.

1. Keep El Naschie as Editor in Chief.

2. Add to the cover the small-print tagline "for papers that have no chance of being published anywhere else".

3. Rather than making a pretense of individual peer-review, require all submissions to have appeared on the arxiv for two months prior to submission.

4. Reduce the price from $4520 per year to $45.20. That should cover publication costs if authors are required to follow a strict template that avoids the expense of typesetting.

5. Unbundle it from Elsevier's higher-quality journals. Require it to be purchased separately, or demonstrate good humor and lack of bitterness by working out a deal to bundle it with The Journal of Irreproducible Results.

That's the whole plan! There's a refreshing honesty and logic to it. In every area of commerce there are better and worse quality products, and they are distinguished by price. Why should science journals pretend to be different?
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1 comment:

  1. > working out a deal to bundle it with The Journal of Irreproducible Results.

    The Journal of Improbable Research
    http://improbable.com/
    is higher quality.

    Meanwhile MSElN is still listed as the "Founding Editor" at
    http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/journaleditorialboard.cws_home/967/editorialboard

    But very quietly CSF has come out with three new issues since the 15 Jan 2009 vol 39, issue 1 that had the "Publisher's note" announcing MSElN's retirement.

    issue2 (30 Jan 2009) with 49 articles
    issue3 (15 Feb 2009) with 56 articles (including "ED board rpt")
    issue 4 (28 Feb 2009) with 55 articles (including "ED board rpt")

    The "ED board rpt" in the beginning of issues 3,4 is a list of "Associate Editors" and "International Editorial Board" that does not include MSElN (or any chief editor).
    The associate editors are roughly the same as on the above Elsevier page, i.e., starting with Bishop, Bridges, Casati, et al., and still including crackpots like Nottale and Ord.

    None of the articles in the vol.39 issues 1-4 are by MSElN himself, though there are a few articles following up his past contributions (adulatory articles about meaningless nonsense are necessarily themselves meaningless nonsense, so no indication that the standards have improved).
    And apparently Elsevier will forever list MSElN as "founding editor", even if no longer an editor.

    There are also 812 articles listed as "in press" including very many by MSElN himself...

    All of this is as Skoda complained in advance as reproduced in
    http://elnaschiewatch.blogspot.com/2009/03/elseviers-plan.html

    > 2. Add to the cover the small-print tagline "for papers that have no chance of being published anywhere else".

    Perhaps they will contend that it goes without saying.

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