[The OLD] Attempting Elegance

oh yeah, it’s a library “science”

Posted in annoyed librarian, Growly, Libraries, library blogs, scholarship, The Profession by Jenica Rogers on November 17, 2008

Because in the sciences it’s totally okay to blow the concept of peer review out of the water in service of being trendy, right?  I roll my eyes.  For those not yet following along at home, some links:

The problem:

Journal of Access Services 5:4

The blowback, and only the parts that show up in my FriendFeed as of 3:20pm.  I’m certain there’s more:

Apparently Annoyed Anonymous Bloggers can get published in peer-reviewed journals

Officially Annoyed

Being Annoyed with out Being Annoying

Professionally Annoyed
Ridiculous.  Frustrating.  Stupid.  I want it to be some kind of joke that we just missed the punchline on.  Barring that, I can’t wait to hear what Haworth has to say for themselves; I hope they have some excuse for their blatant disregard of their own editorial policies other than “don’t people love the AL? Now they’ll love us, too!”

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  1. Beyond Annoyed - Librarian's Rant said, on November 17, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    […] working in the field, but instead lobbing cow patties from outside it. update: Jen also has some useful links on the story. Posted by lalcorn in Library Rants at 17:48 | Comments (0) | Trackbacks (0) Defined tags for […]

  2. Louise said, on November 17, 2008 at 6:58 pm

    I must wonder if AL is laughing his/her self to death in his/her mother’s basement? Clearly the publishers thought this was a “new voice” in the field, when in fact it may very well not be someone officially working in the field, but instead lobbing cow patties from outside it.

  3. Jenica said, on November 17, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    I wonder if the AL is laughing at us all, too. My frustration, as I think more about it, is that if Haworth thought this was a good way to shake things up or showcase dissenting voices from the fringe, they’re doing neither. The AL was far more interesting and relevant a year ago, and if that’s the best voice from the fringe they could find, they’re looking in all the wrong places.

    It’s just sad, on a lot of fronts.

  4. Bill Drew said, on November 17, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    I don’t get it.

  5. […] there’s a new controversy regarding the AL and this one has gotten a lot of my very level-headed friends in a lather. I don’t blame them. Apparently, the Journal of Access […]

  6. Lisa said, on November 20, 2008 at 2:04 am

    Haworth is the publisher – I think we need to be asking questions of the editors and editorial board. What were they thinking? I really expected an intro from the editors – not a guest editor – and essay on making exceptions to their standards/rules for submission/publication.

  7. Jenica said, on November 20, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    Lisa, if only the editorial board were involved, that’d be a great approach. Add this wrinkle to the mix, and it gets more perplexing and even less appealing:


    “I’m on the editorial board for this journal and this was news to me; it just showed up in my mail Friday afternoon.”

  8. […] The third answer is the correct one, however bizarre it sounds. But it gets better than that, because even though this stunt had plenty of coverage, it turns out that the journal’s editors weren’t in on the joke. […]

  9. […] Articles in journals known for particularly rigorous standards of peer-review (unlike certain library science journals of late)? Or are “reputable” and “quality” just synonyms […]

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