Donovan, S. K.; Jackson, Trevor A.
Author Affiliation, Ana.
Department of Geography and Geology
Quo vadis the Transactions? Publishing Strategy and the Future of the Caribbean Geological Conferences
Caribbean journal of science
Date of Publication
The authors are uniquely positioned to examine the vicissitudes of publishing these various volumes, having edited the abstracts and field guides (Donovan 1998) and Transactions (Jackson 2002) of the 15th Caribbean Geological Conferences (CGC), held in Jamaica in 1998. Our experiences have strongly indicated to us that a reassessment of the role of these various publications is desirable, perhaps essential, for their continued health and vitality. We question whether what has been the accepted pattern in the past is desirable for the 21st Century. The purpose of the present contribution is to document those factors that we consider need examination when publishing this trinity of CGC publications, put forward our arguments for future requirements and report the conclusions of an energetic discussion on the topic at the 16th CGC in Barbados in June 2002. The underlying question that prompted us to write this essay can perhaps be summarized as “Should we continue to publish the Transactions and, if so, why and how (and for whom)?” This essay, both produced for and arising from the 16th CGC, will, we hope, help to encourage a more active and positive participation by delegates in all aspects of the publication process at future meetings. We hope our arguments, ideas and conclusions are of broad interest to a range of scientific disciplines.....