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Re: Re: The Mathematica Journal-Supplements

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  • Subject: [mg4207] Re: [mg4112] Re: The Mathematica Journal-Supplements
  • From: fateman at (Richard J. Fateman)
  • Date: Thu, 13 Jun 1996 23:11:55 -0400
  • Organization: University of California, Berkeley
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In article <4pirl9$iuo at>,
Jens-Peer Kuska <jpk at> wrote:
>Hi all,
>I think it is in the interest of every author of 
>the Mathematica Journal that his software is distributed.
>More over if anyone in say two years make a reference to
>the article (and software) the reader must be able to obtain the
>software. A lot of public librarys only have the journal
>and *not* the software supplyments. I think the authors of 
>the software can still
>- send the software to MathSource
>- offer the software on their private web/ftp site
>and they should do so.

It is not clear whether the Mathematica Journal claims
copyright ownership of material it publishes, but if it
does, the author does not retain the right to redistribute
as he/she sees fit.  (Restricted use to authors is generally

I think that you have to realize that the Mathematica Journal
is just a business, and therefore has the primary, if not sole
objective of

(a) making money.

in pursuit of this objective 

it motivates buyers/ readers by 

(b) attempting to separate wheat from chaff by reviewing, editing, etc.
submissions, so they are not merely crass commercials (as they
might be if WRI published it).

it motivates authors by:

(c) helping authors add to their resumes, get tenure, etc.

(d) publicizing Mathematica and/or their own cleverness.

(e) allowing them to appear to add to the sum total of human 
recorded knowledge.

IF your sole motivation is (e)   above, and especially
if you want your work to be available at low or zero cost to
anyone interested, then you can consider, in these days of
WWW etc, publishing your work
in some other way. Perhaps by network posting. (Here)
Perhaps by submitting to some NONPROFIT organization like ACM,
AMS, IEEE, etc.

Although these publications are not free, and usually they
too leech off volunteer author/editor/reviewer labor
for journal production, at least they aren't primarily
in business for (a).

To make TMJ more respectful of the readership, I suggest
that all authors request to retain full ownership
of their work, and that be allowed to post their article
and supplement on some free bulletin board or web page.

If TMJ refuses such request, the author could withdraw the

Richard J. Fateman
fateman at


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