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Re: Journal Of Scientific Exploration

From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2011 09:37:23 -0600
Archived: Sat, 24 Dec 2011 17:29:26 -0500
Subject: Re: Journal Of Scientific Exploration

>From: William Treurniet <wtreurniet.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 13:35:07 -0500
>Subject: Journal Of Scientific Exploration [was: White House Ends...]

>>From: Jerome Clark<jkclark.nul>
>>Date: Thu, 22 Dec 2011 13:13:37 -0600
>>Subject: Re: White House Ends Silence On UFOs& ETs With...

>>>From: Edward Gehrman<egehrman.nul>
>>>Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2011 08:47:25 -0800
>>>Subject: Re: White House Ends Silence On UFOs& ETs With...

>>If the JSE is willing to publish a peer-reviewed paper in which
>>you argue your theories <snip>, then come back. We'll know then
>>that we have to take you seriously.

>Without taking a position on the current discussion, I would not
>put up the JSE as the final arbiter of what theories to take
>seriously. In the last year, I submitted three papers there for
>publication, and all three were rejected. You might suggest that
>the quality of the work was such that they deserved to be, but I
>did not get that impression from the reviews. The issues raised
>seemed to be more about the assumptions underlying the work.

Without passing judgment on your work - all I know about it is
what you write here - I would remark that if you aren't able to
get published in JSE, you are not going to get published in any
professional journal. Thus, your work will have to take its
chances in the realm of popular culture, not in the more
rarefied precincts of scientific consideration.

I have been published on several occasions in the JSE, including
an essay its editor solicited from me on my career in ufology.
(It's on line at the JSE site; the title is "Among the
Anomalies," should anyone be interested.) My own most recent
experience with the journal, however, was not the happiest.

It had asked me to review a book by a major figure whose name
everyone here would recognize. My review of the book, while
certainly not wholly unfriendly, was tough and critical in
parts. This latter fact generated sufficient unhappiness in some
JSE quarters that it was rejected. Though mildly put out at
first, I soon took the matter in philosophical stride, figuring
that any publication has the right to publish what it wants and
not to publish what it doesn't.

The review subsequently appeared elsewhere, and I continue to
hold the JSE in high regard.

Best holiday wishes to all,

Jerry Clark

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