On 31-Mar-21 11:25 PM, joseph cook wrote:
Post by joseph cook
Publishing on the Internet, even here is "publishing" and making available research for other people, so in no way is it "selfish".
I agree with Joe on this, but I'm not entirely sure that "even here..."
is necessary - in my view this is a prime location for sharing research
on medieval genealogy and trying to assist others who bring up questions.
A few years ago I asked some friends in academia about their attitude to
publishing journal articles. One said that she found it a dreadful chore
that was worthwhile only because it kept her intensely competitive (and
mostly male) faculty colleagues from maligning her as they did each
other. Someone else replied that he thought it a waste of time and only
submitted papers when he wanted to tease a forthcoming book.
I also asked them about attitudes to genealogy. The consensus was that
in the end it provides piecemeal information rather than substantial
knowledge, and that although it may offer useful sidelights occasionally
it should not become an academic discipline in its own right.
Since medieval genealogy interests me enough to keep at it, I took this
as advice to pursue it without supposing I could do much service to
historians beyond providing a ready-reference guide for some minor
points that might otherwise take more trouble than they are seen to be
And given that I have wasted a lot of my time and small reserve of
patience reading through as much trash as treasure in peer-reviewed
journals, I also took it as affirming that I need not think about
wasting resources of ink and paper for the chimerical prestige of
appearing in print on this subject. It has never once crossed my mind
since that I was being selfish in posting to SGM without seeking to add
publications to my CV.
I wonder if anyone here has found significantly more value printed in
journals than posted to the newsgroup, where corrections and additions
can be made instantly while different interpretations can be canvassed
at once, without waiting for a subsequent issue to appear.