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Godwin’s Law for Emails to Journal Editors

January 30, 2015 Filed under Blog, Featured, Publishing 


“…there is a tradition in many newsgroups and other Internet discussion forums that once such a comparison is made, the thread is finished and whoever mentioned the Nazis has automatically lost whatever debate was in progress.”

– Wikipedia entry for Godwin’s Law

I am proposing a corollary: Godwin’s Law for Emails to Journal Editors.

If at any point in a discussion with an Editor disagreeing with a decision that has been made, the author writes “I have published N papers” in reference to how experienced he or she is, then the discussion is over and the debate lost.

[Image of Mike Godwin from Wikipedia]

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