[KS] A Note for the Community

don kirk kirkdon at yahoo.com
Fri Oct 26 19:30:16 EDT 2012

This is a rather shocking revelation. Authorship is authorship regardless of who or where or at what stage is the author or who's publishing the paper. Another problem is that Korean academic journals make a habit of including the names of "directors" and "chairmen" and what-not on articles by assorted experts and professors even when these "directors" and "chairmen" haven't necessarily even read the papers over which their names appear. This message, in short, raises an entire issue of credit that those in a position of influence. e;g., some of those on this list, should address.Don Kirk

--- On Fri, 10/26/12, McCann, David <dmccann at fas.harvard.edu> wrote:

From: McCann, David <dmccann at fas.harvard.edu>
Subject: [KS] A Note for the Community
To: "Korean Studies Discussion List" <koreanstudies at koreaweb.ws>
Date: Friday, October 26, 2012, 10:59 AM

write to the Korean Studies website with a notice about a scholarly paper, and
a cautionary tale.  The
notice has to do with an article published in the journal and website Asian
Women, based at Sookmyung Women’s University in Seoul.  The title of the article, published in
Vol. 27 # 2, 2011, of the journal is "The
Performance of Virtue and the Loss of Female Individuality in Chosôn Korea: A
Feminist Reading of the Tale of Ch’unhyang.”  The article
was actually written by two people, one given credit in the journal, and the
other, supposedly because she does not have the Ph.D., given none.  For the
scholarly record, I would note here that the other author of the article, whose
name was omitted from the published article, is Ivanna Yi, a graduate student
in the Ph.D. program in Korean literature at Harvard.  For the
Korean Studies community, however, I would also sound this cautionary
note.  The journal in question, Asian
Women, deliberately removed the name of the second author because they did
not with to publish work by a graduate student.  Informed of their error, the journal has refused to
make a correction.  I offer this
case as a cautionary tale. 
Whatever its other virtues may be, the journal Asian Women does
not respect the individuality of all the members of the scholarly, academic
community in which it seeks to play a part.  
David McCann

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