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Optical Engineering • Open Access

Editorial, Forum and Book Review
Author(s): H . J. Caulfield

Paper Abstract

In keeping with my desire to make editorial decisions openly and to seek reader response to those decisions, I want to announce a policy on the citation of military classified information in Optical Engineering. The problem, is a vexing one. If the purpose of a paper is to convey the maximum amount of information about a topic, should it trouble your editor that otherwise-useful references are inaccessible to some of the readers? Should he deliber-ately suppress the information that related material is available because some of the readers cannot use that material? Should the editor ban references to an obscure Dutch journal (for example) because some of the readers cannot use that material? Yet, there is something distasteful about citing classified material. Does it make Optical Engineering American and not international? Could it become a Department of Defense outlet for unclassified information? Would it be elitist?

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 1981
PDF: 6 pages
Opt. Eng. 20(2) 202329 doi: 10.1117/12.7972681
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 20, Issue 2
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H . J. Caulfield, Consultant (United States)


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