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The scientific journal : authorship and the politics of knowledge in the nineteenth century / Alex Csiszar.

Author/creator Csiszar, Alex author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Chicago : The University of Chicago Press, 2018.
Copyright Notice ©2018
Descriptionxi, 376 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Subject(s)
Contents Introduction: "Broken pieces of fact" -- The press and academic judgment -- Meeting in public -- The author and the referee -- Discovery, publication, and property -- What is a scientific paper? -- Access fantasies at the fin de siècle -- Conclusion: Impact stories.
Summary Not since the printing press has a media object been as celebrated for its role in the advancement of knowledge as the scientific journal. From open communication to peer review, the scientific journal has long been central both to the identity of academic scientists and to the public legitimacy of scientific knowledge. But that was not always the case. At the dawn of the nineteenth century, academies and societies dominated elite study of the natural world. Journals were a relatively marginal feature of this world, and sometimes even an object of outright suspicion. The Scientific Journal tells the story of how that changed. Alex Csiszar takes readers deep into nineteenth-century London and Paris, where savants struggled to reshape scientific life in the light of rapidly changing political mores and the growing importance of the press in public life. The scientific journal did not arise as a natural solution to the problem of communicating scientific discoveries. Rather, as Csiszar shows, its dominance was a hard-won compromise born of political exigencies, shifting epistemic values, intellectual property debates, and the demands of commerce. Many of the tensions and problems that plague scholarly publishing today are rooted in these tangled beginnings. As we seek to make sense of our own moment of intense experimentation in publishing platforms, peer review, and information curation, Csiszar argues powerfully that a better understanding of the journal's past will be crucial to imagining future forms for the expression and organization of knowledge.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references and index.
Genre/formHistory.
LCCN 2017038012
ISBN9780226553238 hardcover ; alkaline paper
ISBN022655323X hardcover ; alkaline paper
ISBNelectronic book
ISBNelectronic book

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