Friday, March 04, 2011

How not to respond to a negative book review in an academic journal: Part II

Part I was about an author of an academic tome suing a journal editor for carrying a negative review of her book.

She lost. From the excerpts posted by the journal editor, Prof. Joseph Weiler:

... [I]n effect, the Review of her book does not contain words damaging her honor or her reputation, and only expresses, what is more, in moderate terms, a scientific opinion on [her book] without ever exceeding the limits of free criticism to which all authors of intellectual works expose themselves

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Update: This NYTimes story has a nice summary of the case and the issues raised by it. It's more than three weeks old, though.