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A Public Form of Communication as the Norm for Science

Pieter Wisse
Information Dynamics, Netherlands


Abstract
Science's legitimacy is not an internal privilege, least of all an absolute right, owned by academic institutions, their staff and closely related - commercially oriented - circuits. Instead, science is also, no exception, a thoroughly social phenomenon. Its practice therefore requires correspondingly characteristic criteria, or norms. Based on academia's public funding such a communicative concept of science entails the obligation of evaluation. Rather than the author(s) of some text, the - academic - reviewer should obey these norms-as-duty. Practical advantages accrue, for example a far greater chance for recognizing really innovative developments in knowledge, and cost savings.

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Reference:Wisse, P.E. (2002). "A Public Form of Communication as the Norm for Science," University of Amsterdam, Netherlands . Sprouts: Working Papers on Information Systems, 2(19). http://sprouts.aisnet.org/2-19
Keywords:Philosophy of science, scholarly publishing, communicative standard of science, peer review.
Item Type:Article - Volume 2 Article 19 (2002)
Language:Dutch
Email: Pieter Wisse (pewisse@wanadoo.nl)
Additional Information:Originally published in Dutch, Communicatievorm als wetenschapsnorm, in: PrimaVera, working paper # 2002-11, University of Amsterdam, 2002.

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