“Therefore the Linguistic Society of America supports the recognition of these materials as scholarly contributions to be given weight in the awarding of advanced degrees and in decisions on hiring, tenure, and promotion of faculty. It supports the development of appropriate means of review of such works so that their functionality, import, and scope can be assessed relative to other language resources and to more traditional publications.”
To which add grant applications [ update [ tx Claire!]- as places where track records get brutally evaluated by strangers ].
An article in an edited conference proceedings published by a scholarly vanity press counts for something. But it counts for NOTHING to have a carefully recorded, annotated, translated and archive corpus of recordings from say a year’s fieldwork, which would have taken at least a further year to create. The one creates something that most people will never read; the other creates something whose value is enduring. Result: scholarly vanity presses are springing up to cater for people’s need for publications. Possible solution: set up a scholarly vanity press for ‘publishing’ corpora. Call them books?