Re: Yet More Nicholls vs Morgan

Phillip Bigelow (
Mon, 9 Jan 1995 16:12:24 GMT (Phil Nicholls) writes:

Phil Nicholls, responding to Elaine Morgan and her book, writes:

>In _Scars of Evolution_ you cite in the notes to chapter 4 an
>article by Pete Wheeler which appears in the Journal of Human
>Evolution, 1985 volume 14 (Your citation places it in volume 42,
>which does not currently exist for the Journal of Human
>Evolution. You also have the wrong page numbers).

If Morgan had bothered to send her work in for peer-review, it is
probable that these mistakes may have been caught. As it stands, there are
a few possible explainations for this error:
1) Morgan never really read the source material.
2) Morgan made a mistake in transcribing the reference.
3) Morgan's book editor wouldn't know the difference between a correct
reference and a incorrect reference.

#3 is often the case with books that are not peer-reviewed.

There are many advantages to publishing in science journals. The only
down-side is that there is no financial profit for the author.