Re: [SystemSafety] Fwd: Re: New book

From: Peter Bernard Ladkin < >
Date: Mon, 15 Apr 2013 16:13:29 +0200

On 4/15/13 3:22 PM, SPRIGGS, John J wrote:
> Self-publish next time?

Given my experience, I can't say I would recommend it. (Not that my book was technically self-published - the Impressum, namely legal responsibility for content, a requirement of German law, lies with my group RVS at the Uni Bielefeld.)

Colleagues and organisations do not recognise book-length content on merit. They want not only an ISBN but a recognised publisher. That is, for example, close to what the "rules" say concerning putting manuscripts in bibliographies on any grant applications in Germany (they add: a signed contract). (A young colleague preparing a grant application in 2011 for a consortium in which I was involved claimed he could find "nothing I had published" in 2007-2011. There was of course a subtext, but in many organisations there is some such subtext or other.)

As made clear by Nancy's and John's prices, it is possible to negotiate accessibility with some publishers.

PBL Prof. Peter Bernard Ladkin, Faculty of Technology, University of Bielefeld, 33594 Bielefeld, Germany Tel+msg +49 (0)521 880 7319

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