Just heard that it is Kent Anderson vs Charles Watkinson for president elect of the "Society for Scholarly Publishing". Anderson is the head honcho at "The Scholarly Kitchen" a publishing blog that I find distasteful in many ways, including most recently that they have as one of their bloggers the person the Heartland Institute has recruited to make anti-science teaching curricula. The Scholarly Kitchen and Kent Anderson have not expressed any concerns about Wojick being one of their bloggers (eg., see http://phylogenomics.blogspot.com/2012/02/hey-scholarly-kitchen-do-you-support.html ). And in general Anderson is as far as I can tell decidedly anti open-access in many ways. Watkinson is the Director of Purdue University Press and seems pretty solid all around. If you have any voting role in SSP I encourage you to vote for Watkinson.
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- Back when Kent posted a post about TSK's independence and integrity, I left some comments inquiring about Wojick. The deleted comments, and Phil's emailed reasons, are here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/114096599366011465749/posts/2o2hXQshEw5
I tried to leave one more even more toned down comment pointing out the discrepancy in David Wojick's bio at TSK and his actual affiliations, but that was never allowed through and I received no comment about why.Mar 22, 2012
- William, I do not know the circumstances of what you refer to. I wish to make a narrow point: I know Kent well and it is just not credible to say that he is attempting to shut down a discussion. He is a very good guy. And I have no view of the SSP election (I don't even know Charles Watkinson).Mar 22, 2012
- No one's credibility is in question here, because the situation is documented in the link I gave above.
So, Kent may or may not have known about this, but since he was the author of the post, he would have gotten an email about the comments left. I'm sure Kent is a nice guy and when I finally meet him in person we'll be able to share a beer, but it's just a fact that he's either letting Phil run wild as a moderator allowing and disallowing comments as he sees fit, suppressing the discussion I linked to above and who knows how many others, or he actively shut down the discussion himself.
With that being the case, I think one should ask themselves first, if the SSP wants TSK to serve as it's official mouthpiece, and second, if they want Kent, whose views are far to one end of the OA political spectrum, to represent the org.Mar 22, 2012
- And I too am not commenting about whether Kent is a nice guy or not. I disagree with numerous statements and comments he has made about publishing, peer review, open access, and more. If he is selected as president of SSP I think that could certainly be interpreted as support for many of his positions/statements. And I think it would be an implicit support for David Wojick who is still listed as a blogger at TSK and who I think certainly has some extreme positions in regard to global warming and science education.Mar 22, 2012
- Emendation: I noted in an earlier comment that I was not a member of SSP. After participating in this thread, I decided to join. Noteworthy? Probably not, but I wanted to make sure that the record was correct. No, this action does not in any way reflect on the content of the thread itself.Mar 23, 2012
- Happy to have inspired you in some small fashion, Joe.Mar 23, 2012