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    Re: Latitude by Lunar Distance
    From: Fred Hebard
    Date: 2006 Oct 16, 18:24 -0400

    I agree that it would be nice for Frank to write up his method and
    publish it in a peer-reviewed journal.  I disagree, however, on
    relying on the fact of publication in a peer-reviewed journal in
    assessing the value of an idea. It has only tangential bearing on the
    intrinsic value of an idea, in my opinion.  There's plenty of crap
    published in peer-reviewed journals, and some gems that never see the
    light of day in same.  Counting peer-reviewed publications is a
    reliable, objective metric of scholarly production, but more for bean
    counters than scholars.  We should be able to vet Frank's idea very
    well right here in our own little sandbox.
    Fred Hebard
    On Oct 16, 2006, at 6:11 PM, Peter Fogg wrote:
    > On 10/15/06, Geoffrey Kolbe wrote:
    >> I hope Frank takes the time to write it up in the "Navigator's
    >> Newsletter"
    >> or one of the other more formal forums for the discussion of
    >> celestial
    >> navigation matters.
    > Just to clarify this, the 'Navigator's Newsletter' is NOT "one of the
    > ... more formal forums"
    > It is not a peer reviewed journal as is, for example, the 'British
    > Journal of Navigation'.
    > To give an idea of how far short the 'Newsletter' falls from being a
    > serious forum, over recent times it has hosted an unseemly squabble
    > between H Zevering and G Huxtable over matters that should, perhaps,
    > never have been accepted as worthy of publication, and which were
    > eventually shown to be worthless by the 'British Journal of
    > Navigation'.
    > Incidentally, such is the strength of a forum like this one, where
    > pretty-well anything can be trotted out and put on display. This
    > NavList is a great place to float an idea, although before being
    > accepted as comparable with the work of Marcq St Hilaire it should
    > indeed, as Geoffrey has helpfully suggested, be submitted to an
    > appropriate peer-reviewed journal.
    > >
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