Disseminating Information

In the good old days, authors typically sent preprints, or early drafts of their articles, to friends and colleagues and to interested enquirers. Today, most authors supply lists of their publications on the Web or, indeed, make the publications themselves available on the Web. This is extremely helpful for researchers, provided that the lists are regularly updated.

One point of interest here is that if you provide a web-based URL it might also be useful to include what is called the digital object identifier (DOI) number. The DOI number for online publications is similar to the ISBN number for books and the ISSN number for journals: it is a unique number for the document. URLs do not identify the document itself but only its location — and, as we all know to our chagrin, this may change, and the document may become irretrievable.

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