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Automating the Horae: boundary-work in the age of computers

Reyes Galindo, Luis 2016. Automating the Horae: boundary-work in the age of computers. Social Studies of Science 46 (4) , pp. 586-606. 10.1177/0306312716642317

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Abstract

This paper describes the intense software filtering that has allowed the arXiv e-print repository to sort and process large numbers of submissions with minimal human intervention, making it one of the most important and influential cases of open access repositories to date. The paper narrates arXiv’s transformation, using sophisticated sorting/filtering algorithms to decrease human workload, from a small mailing list used by a few hundred researchers to a site that processes thousands of papers per month. However there are significant negative consequences for authors who have been filtered out of arXiv’s main categories. There is thus a continued need to check and balance arXiv’s boundaries, based in the essential tension between stability and innovation.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Q Science > QC Physics
Additional Information: Pdf uploaded in accordance with publisher's policy at http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/issn/0306-3127/ (accessed 14/07/2016)
Publisher: SAGE Publications
ISSN: 0306-3127
Funders: British Academy
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 9 March 2016
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2018 14:02
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/87737

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