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A note concerning primary source knowledge

Collins, Harold M. ORCID:, Reyes-Galindo, Luis and Ginsparg, Paul 2017. A note concerning primary source knowledge. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 68 (5) , pp. 1105-1110. 10.1002/asi.23753

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We present the results of running 4 different papers through the automated filtering system used by the open access preprint server “arXiv” to classify papers and implement quality control barriers. The exercise was carried out in order to assess whether these highly sophisticated, state-of-the-art filters can distinguish between papers that are controversial or have gone past their “sell-by date,” and otherwise normal papers. We conclude that not even the arXiv filters, which are otherwise successful in filtering fringe-topic papers, can fully acquire “Domain-Specific Discrimination” and thus distinguish technical papers that are taken seriously by an expert community from those that are not. Finally, we discuss the implications this has for citizen and policy-maker engagement with the Primary Source Knowledge of a technical domain.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Publisher: Association for Information Science and Technology
ISSN: 2330-1635
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 22 August 2017
Date of Acceptance: 21 April 2016
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2023 18:20

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