changing standards for academic publication

Michael Nielsen (
Tue, 16 Jun 1998 18:47:35 -0600 (MDT)

For the past several years, a substantial fraction of all physics
publications have appeared first at the Los Alamos e-print server

More recently, Daniel Gottesman of Los Alamos National Laboratory has
tried a new experiment in publishing. It is a "preprint review"
service. The service provides reviews of papers in quantum computation.
I imagine systems similar to this replacing conventional peer review in
academic journals -- effectively, Gottesman's system has many of the
advantages of peer review, whilst retaining much of the flexibility of
the very lightly refereed preprint service.

Michael Nielsen

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