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Re: Preamble: Re: mini-HOWTO

Gregory Leblanc wrote:

> > My understanding was that the LDP-submit list was for submitting
> > documents, and not for discussions of any kind.

 Alessandro Rubini replied:

> Yes and no. It is for submitting docs to a board of reviewers, who are
> expected to make comments (although up to now I've seen no comments
> but my own ones).
> In my understanding of the issue, one should not reply directly to the
> author, as his/her comments may be in error, especially when they
> convey a negative opinion of the document or some aspects/parts of it.
> It's the advantage of being a group of reviewers instead of a single
> "accept or deny" kind of person. So, we'll wait for some light to be
> shed on the "peer review" issue.

I've subscribed to both lists for a while. I am not aware of any
formal peer review of submissions or the existence of a " board of

I have seen comments from Alessandro on ldp-submit concerning a
submitted document.

The concept of peer review involves, at a minimum, the following

0      a panel of reviewers, independent of the editor/s.

0      initial review of the submitted document by an editor/s to
establish the        suitability of the document for the repository

0      evaluation of the document by a reviewer or reviewers
involving                 privileged communication between reviewers
and editor/s. 

0      communication between editor/s and author concerning acceptance
of              the document and the necessary revisions required.

I understand, of course, that this process is typically associated
with publication of research in academic journals, and is not directly
applicable, for many reasons, to the LDP. 

The question is, Should the LDP institute elements of the peer review
process described above and in what form ?


Howard Mann.

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