of the atmospheric sciences clearly have had a pro- A response to "Publication Trends in found impact upon the character of the research en- American Meteorological Society terprise. Consistent with this reasoning, one may Technical Journals" speculate whether articles in the Journal of the At- Having recently read "Publication Trends in Ameri- mospheric Sciences are becoming longer overall be- can Meteorological Society Technical Journals" (Drs. cause of an increased frequency of articles of an R. H. Johnson and W . H. Schubert [JS], May 1989), observational and numerical modeling nature. This I would like to remark on the concern over the growth speculation is based on the possibility that theoretical in AMS publications, in particular the increase in articles are being used as a standard of comparison; length of individual articles. As the authors point out, it may be asserted that theoretical material lends itself problems associated with the proliferation of scien- to compact presentation (in terms of number of words tific information are in no way unique to the atmo- and figures) far more effectively than its observational spheric sciences. For a provocative discussion of this and numerical counterparts. issue within the physics community, readers are re- Another
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Nov 1, 1989
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