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Farm Urticles

Farm Urticles (an invented word) is an electronic publication service. It is a place for people who are as conscientious about preserving knowledge and ideas as they are about preserving trees and animals. It is for people who hate wasting human scholarly working time as much as wasting electricity and paper. It is for people who count the total taxpayer and family costs of field studies, see few benefits, and do not want either costs or benefits lost in files, stored at high cost, or discarded due to personal or agency moves and file-cleaning by uninformed or unaided assistants. It is a new home for papers of people changing areas, changing jobs, or retiring. It's for papers of families of the deceased who "never quite got it (the paper) refined enough to submit to a journal;" papers that have been accepted by two editors but not the third one, or for that paper not published when an editor changes and the process must be repeated. It is for Master's degree theses that were really good, but now dated … but still really good. It is a place for the work of the walking wounded who appreciate the work of qualified editors, who welcome advice and assistance from reviewers, but who limp from the insults, snobbery, local biases, and narrowness of ever-changing editors, some who have not "read the minutes of the last meeting" or ventured past the ivy walls. It's a place for the writing of the far-seeing prognosticators who know likely futures and their consequences and have no place "to present," even if they are willing to take the risks of such presentations. They can rarely find a place to publish in increasingly specialized journals. Farm Urticles will be funded by advertising, donations, memorials, and final "page charges."

It is a place for unfunded research proposals … so that you can say in patent litigation " I had the idea first" and give the date. (It seems that some proposal ideas that have never been funded show up elsewhere in full-scale funded projects.) It provides to subscribers access to papers that are (or sound) like one that has already been printed (with permission), that has probably never been read by more than a dozen people, and that has important ideas that need widespread exposure … suggesting the FU strategy to conflict-resolution between the unrelenting claims that "we need to gain widespread education of the public" (with little evidence of it working over a century) and self-serving editors or editorial groups saying "never publish an idea twice."

Perhaps you will share ideas with me about some of the topic(s) above .

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Robert H. Giles, Jr. February 7, 2007; November 7, 2010