How to Discuss

How to Discuss Published Papers and Blog Posts

Organization of SCIRP’s Blog

Definition: A blog is a discussion or informational website with discrete entries called
            "posts". The posts are displayed such that the most recent post appears first.
            Blogs differ from web pages by being interactive, allowing readers to leave
            comments via widgets (a relatively simple and easy-to-use software application)
            on the blog. This makes blogs a form of social networking service.
Origin:     "Blog" is the short form of "weblog".

SCIRP’s blog features posts about these topics:WordPress Logo small

  1. Papers Published in SCIRP’s Journals
  2. The Academic OA Publisher SCIRP
  3. Open Access Publishing

SCIRP’s blog posts are written by:

If you are a person from one of these groups and you do not have an account, please contact SCIRP’s Blog Admin for registration. If you are already registered login. Every reader is invited to leave a comment.

SCIRP’s blog is powered by WordPresss. WordPress is a Blog Tool, a Publishing Platform, and a Content Management System

(CMS). WordPress is used to create a website or blog. It is easy, logical, and with a friendly interface. The comment functionality on SCIRP’s blog is also handled by WordPress. WordPress has a large supporting community and lots of plugins developed for additional functionality. WordPress is globally the most famous blog system.

Organization of SCIRP’s Paper Discussion

DISQUS LogoSCIRP has a comment function for each published paper. The comment function is realized by a comment hosting service.

Definition: A Comment Hosting Service is a service which externally hosts comments
            posted by users to blogs or webpages.

SCIRP’s paper comment function is powered by Disqus. Disqus is a Comment Hosting Service for web sites and online communities. User comments are externally hosted. The Disqus comment widget (a relatively simple and easy-to-use software application) is written in JavaScript and is powered by a back end at Disqus Inc., San Francisco, USA. Disqus has one of the largest networks of discussion communities in the world.

SCIRP has a Forum at Disqus

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Policies & Netiquette for SCIRP’s Blog & Paper Discussion

Definition: Netiquette are the rules about the proper and polite way to communicate with
            other people when you are using the Internet.
Origin:     Blend of "net" (Internet) and "etiquette"

Everyone is free to comment and to contribute to the moderated discussion. Please observe these hints when writing your comment:

  1. Make your comment worth reading.
  2. Give evidence to your argument. Please write as a scientist.
  3. Be polite, friendly, and encouraging.
  4. If you disagree, be polite about it. Give constructive (helpful) feedback.
  5. Check your comment for spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
  6. Re-read your comment before you hit submit.
  7. Remember: You are what you post. Consider, how you would like be seen on the Internet.

SCIRP will fail comments without further notice which …

  1. … advertise a product.
  2. … are not in English.
  3. … risk breaching copyright law. Please do not post large chunks of text copied from other sources.
  4. … risk breaking the law. (Do not contribute material with the intention to commit a crime, break the law, or condone or encourage unlawful activity.)
  5. … risk endagering others. (Do not contribute material that could endanger other users – for example, offering medical and health advice, or encouraging drug or alcohol abuse or self-harm.)
  6. … contain potentially defamatory statements. (Please ensure that you verify the information in your posting, especially when presenting negative statements as facts. Also avoid jumping to conclusions, exaggerating or making subtle implications. Remember that adding the word ‘allegedly’ to a statement does not stop it being defamation.)
  7. … persistently misrepresent SCIRP, its journals, staff, editors, reviewers, or authors.
  8. … are abusive or disruptive.
  9. … use swear words.
  10. … are harassing, threatening, or causing distress or inconvenience to any person:
    • Flaming: This means posting something that’s angry and mean-spirited.
    • Trolling: This means saying deliberately provocative things just to stir up trouble.
    • Infringing the rights of, restrict or inhibit anyone else’s use and enjoyment of this blog.
    • Attempting to impersonate somebody.
  11. … are offensive. (Racist, sexist, homophobic, disablist, sexually explicit, abusive or otherwise objectionable material will be removed.)
  12. … are off-topic. (Comments that are unrelated to the subject of the blog entry.)
  13. … contain personal details.
  14. … contain spam.
  15. … contain unsuitable URLs.

Inspired by BBC House Rules.

COPE started a Forum Discussion about Electronic Responses to Blogs and Journal Articles with first directions. One rule is: When commenting, “Editors should set an example and put their name to blogs.” It follows that COPE welcomes when people comment under their real name.

Summing up: All commenters are essentially guests in our home. Please behave as you would if you were actually sitting down with us in our meeting room, sharing a cup of coffee and discussing the issues.

Inspired by Newsrealblog.

SCIRP’s Moderation Principles

Definition: To moderate means here to occupy the place of authority
            or control over a discussion.
  1. When you participate on SCIRP’s site in a discussion with your comment, you consent to have your material presented with reuse rights defined by CC BY.
  2. Discussions at SCIRP are moderated. Both systems (WordPress and Disqus) give SCIRP technically full means to alter or delete comments.
  3. SCIRP will not make use of these extensive possibilities to modify comments. SCIRP will leave comments essentially in the way they are posted.
  4. Once posted you have no technical means to change your comment or to delete it. Therefore, please read and check your comment carefully before sending it off.
  5. You can ask SCIRP to change the comment for you, but please be warned: Staff at SCIRP may be busy and may not be able to answer your request.
  6. If someone already responded to your comment: Do not ask SCIRP to make changes to your comment that would change its meaning. If you do ask exactly this, your request will be declined or ignored.
  7. The aim of moderation is not censorship, but ensuring the site remains appropriate, intelligent and lawful.
  8. SCIRP makes no distinction between different types of respondent: Scholars, students, professionals, practitioner, or layperson. Attention is paid only to the content.
  9. SCIRP does not check facts or references in comments as part of moderation.
  10. Your name will be published with your response. If you want your email address to appear on the website, include it in the body of the text of your response.
  11. Comments are waiting in the system to be read and moderated before they appear in the discussion. This is called pre-moderation. (This is in contrast to post-moderation under which new comments are published directly without checks. These comments are moderated later, with the possibility to have them removed again from the discussion.)
  12. SCIRP will fail all comments in pre-moderation (with the consequence not to show them it in the discussion), if they fall under one of the 15 points given above under Policies & Netiquette.
  13. As one of the larges Open Access publishers, SCIRP has a responsibility to maintain the quality of content which appears on its site. For this reason, SCIRP reserves the right to copyedit comments with respect to spelling, grammar, and punctuation. Doing so, SCIRP will make sure not to change the meaning of the comment.
  14. Commentators have no right to demand copyediting services from SCIRP for their comments.
  15. SCIRP reserves the right to remove your comment A also after it already got placed into the discussion. This has the logical consequence that all comments B, C, D, … made in the mean time to your comment A will also be deleted.
  16. SCIRP does not consider online comments as being “published”. All online responses are eligible for publication in a paper at SCIRP.
  17. It is good when you argue your case with links and short quotes, but do not extensively link to your own site. Discussing on SCIRP’s site means also to provide the information on SCIRP’s site.
  18. If you want to ensure people can find your personal site or favorite blog, the best thing to do is to add a link to your profile.
  19. SCIRP will not allow a discussion about its way of moderation.
    SCIRP may not be able to enter into correspondence regarding a specific moderation activity.
  20. SCIRP is ultimately responsible for everything which appears on its site. Consequently, all actions and decisions taken by moderators are final.

Inspired by TheGuardian and TheBMJ.

About SLZ

Professor at Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany. --- Responsible for Aircraft Design, Flight Mechanics, Aircraft Systems, and Educational Flight Testing. --- Head of "Aircraft Design and Systems Group" (AERO).
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