A review neither objective nor informative

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1994, Vol 39(1), 100–101. Roger Schvaneveldt, Nancy Cooke, Don Dearholt, Francis T. Dorso, and James McDonald comment on Phipps Arabie's review (see record 2006-06468-043) of the book, Pathfinder Associative Networks: Studies in Knowledge Organization edited by Schvaneveldt (1990). Schvaneveldt et al contend that from the review readers know that the reviewer does not like the book or the Pathfinder network methodology. Unfortunately, readers learned nothing else about the book from the review, which does not discuss any of the reported research in what is a diatribe against Pathfinder. Instead, the review discusses publication practices, research funding, and the geographical locations of the contributors. Arabie's prejudices on these matters come through clearly, but they are hardly relevant. Contrary to the impression he creates, much of the published work on Pathfinder has been subjected to peer review. It is unfortunate that his review was not. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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