Joseph T. Farquharson jtfarquharson at GMAIL.COM
Thu Apr 4 16:12:21 UTC 2013

I would just like to point out the obvious that open access is not
synonymous with non-peer-reviewed or even a lower bar for peer reviews. In
fact, some scholars do peer reviews for open access publications and big

The main issue is that an open access publication (especially web-based)
does not have to deal with some of the issues that the big publishers have
to deal with e.g. high costs associated with printing, distribution, space,
and so can admit more works for publication than a big publisher.
Therefore, a work will get turned down by a big publisher not (necessarily)
because it isn't good, but because the axe has to fall somewhere to contain


On 4 April 2013 10:53, William Croft <wcroft at> wrote:

>  But the problem is, a good-quality but open-access or inexpensive
> publication does not have the quality of peer review, the track record of
> quality publication, and the marketing presence that Publisher X has, so it
> is not surprising that a tenure committee takes such a publication less
> seriously even if the author chose that publication outlet precisely to
> make her/his grammar accessible to a wider audience, including the
> language's speakers. I don't think the protestations of professional
> societies would change that. For this reason, Publisher X has no reason to
> reduce its prices; it doesn't have to.
>  Bill Croft
>  On Apr 4, 2013, at 12:20 AM, Johanna NICHOLS <johanna at BERKELEY.EDU>
> wrote:
> Later I'll log in to the LSA Ethics blog and comment there, but quickly:
> Publisher X conducts peer review, has a history of publishing grammars that
> meet the field's standards, prints on archive-quality paper, and has
> advertising, distribution, and a conference presence that make its
> publications known to the world.  When my university judges publications by
> "quality", this is what it means.
> But the issue of price is critical, and no academic should have to
> singlehandedly fight to have a good-quality but open-access or inexpensive
> publication recognized by a tenure committee. This is why we have
> professional societies.
> Johanna Nichols
> On Wed, Apr 3, 2013 at 1:51 PM, Mark W. Post <markwpost at> wrote:
>> Dear LINGTYP Listmembers,
>> I am sending the following link on behalf of Robbins Burling, who has
>> written a piece on the LSA's Ethics Blog to do with the high costs of many
>> published grammars from an ethics perspective. This relates to an extended
>> discussion on this topic on LINGTYP some months ago, so may be of interest
>> to listmembers. Rob has invited comments on the piece, and especially any
>> proposed solutions.
>> Cheers
>> Mark
>> --
>> Dr. Mark W. Post
>> Universität Bern
>> Institut für Sprachwissenschaft
>> Länggassstrasse 49
>> 3000 Bern 9
>> Switzerland
>> Tel +41 31 631 37 07
>> Eml markwpost at
>> Web

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