21 June 2017

¿Adiós a la ciencia? Sobre el valor de las publicaciones



Ya he hablado muchas veces de este tema en el blog, pero aquí van dos pinceladas más. Sobre la ciencia / publicaciones "científicas" en general, y sobre informática en particular.

Para empezar, he aquí un artículo "científico" publicado por Elsevier en una revista de impacto. Absolutamente del mismo valor (teórico) que esas la típica publicación de alguien que se pasa meses en un laboratorio experimentando, programando y escribiendo. La revista está también indexada en JCR, que se supone el súmum de la calidad en publicacioes científicas. El artículo se titula "Refusing to be a Man".
Abstract
Terms like ‘bisexual’, ‘homosexual’, and ‘heterosexual’ are all part of maculinist culture, for they categorize people by objecting those we share intimacy and trust with. ‘To be a man’ means a certain kind of genital functioning which can and must be rejected, for it is based on two lies. The first is the lie of the male orgasm, which is experientially neither synonymous with ejaculation nor at any point inevitable or uncontrollable. The second is the lie of the male erection, which is necessary only for the penis to be used as a weapon in rape, for, experientially, hard erections are neither comfortable nor pleasurable nor anything other than symptoms of the aggressive tenseness and rigidity of the macho man.
Si quieren, pueden ver el listado completo de esa publicación, entre el que también se encuentra "Sexing Elvis".
Abstract
The image of Elvis as a butch god, sexual folk hero and archetypal macho man is largely the creation of the male media. The existence of this image has served to explain-away the threat of uncontrollable groups of female fans and has bolstered the egos of male writers, who have created ‘Elvis’ in their own (fantasy) image. The emphasis on sex has disguised the existence of differing experiences among Elvis fans, particularly that many did not experience him as a sexual phenomenon at all, but rather as a mascot, secret friend or hobby. The total domination of the male-defined sexual image of Elvis, adopted also by feminists, leads to interesting questions about how and why such a one-sided view of reality emerged and how such knowledge survives unquestioned. The author examines these questions by analyzing her own personal experiences of being an ‘Elvis fan’ and trying to understand the contradictions between subjective experence and so-called objective accounts.

Respecto a la disciplina concreta de informática, aquí un artículo interesante sobre los cambios de este año en el JCR. Un par de casos curiosos:

Revistas que han entrado:

- ACM Journal on Computing and Cultural Heritage
- ACM Transactions on Asian and Low-Resource Language Information Processing

Revistas que han salido:

- JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR INFORMATION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
- MATHEMATICAL AND COMPUTER MODELLING

Cada uno que saque sus propias conclusiones, especialmente del valor de las publicaciones, editoriales, JCR y de en qué se ha convertido todo esto.

¿Luego nos preguntamos por qué la gente buena se marcha de la universidad, y por qué andamos tan confundidos en general?

Saludos.

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