The editors of the Harvard Law Review have revised their subcite policies by requiring not only the preservation of PDF copies of all sources cited but also the carbon-freezing of all authors cited. “For the longest time we’ve been struggling with what is the best policy for preserving cited material,” Harvard Law Review editor Jeffrey Duff explained. “Many people have suggested that we switch to accepting HTML copies of articles, but we felt that those documents could be easily manipulated. Instead, we went in the opposite direction. We have moved to a triple-super-secure system that guarantees that we know what the author intended by not only preserving their writings but also by preserving the author.”
The Harvard Law Review has been working with graduate students at the Department of Star Wars at MIT. “We all grew up on Star Wars,” Duff said, “and my friends at MIT suggested that we try the carbon-freezing techniques that they’ve perfected.”
“I like Star Wars and I like freezing things,” said MIT graduate student Howard Wolowitz.
When Wolowitz was questioned about the safety of the procedure, he remarked, “It worked on Dot, my puppy. Sure he went blind, but he still has his wits.”
The reading room of the Harvard Law Library was chosen as the main storage area and when librarian Ted Wingo was asked when the first batch of authors would arrive, he responded, “The law review is going to publish an article on Florida v. Department of Health and Human Services in the fall, so we’re hoping to get the nine justices frozen and up on the wall sometime in November.”