· In Brief
· The First Journal
· What Would Oldenburg Have Thought?
· Back To The (Research) Future Conclusion
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Notes from a
Publisher in Back
to the Future
An Academic presentation by
Dr. Nancy Agnes, Head, Technical Operations, Pubrica
THE FIRST JOURNAL
WHAT WOULD OLDENBURG HAVE THOUGHT?
BACK TO THE (RESEARCH) FUTURE
Scientific journal editors are important gatekeepers for advancing careers and
disseminating information, but they are considerably less well-known than
scientific writers and readers. This issue of Centaurus explores the reasons for
editorship and the methods, tactics, and resources required to carry it out
successfully, using a range of methodological approaches. It invites us to
consider how editors, editing, and editorship have evolved over two centuries
and across countries.
Academic journals are widely acknowledged as critical to the creation
and dissemination of information and the development of academic
reputations; nevertheless, it is not just the journals that count, but also
the editorial procedures of those publications.
As a result, academic researchers learn early on in their careers to
distinguish between the editorial practices of academic journals and
those of other magazines, reviews, and periodicals: contributions to
peer-reviewed academic journals take pride of place on the CV,
publication list, or grant application, while other forms of authorship
are relegated to the “other” category(1).
Historians have seen the interchange of science and technology
through the lens of science’s application to technology.
However, Carnot claims that he could not have composed his famous
masterwork without the steam engine.
He claims that the Philosophical Transactions do not completely
provide the key to the Royal Society’s early attitude.
Initially, it was planned as a private business, but it gradually became
a part of society (2).
THE FIRST JOURNAL
Henry Oldenburg (1619–5 September 1677) was a German
philosopher who is regarded as one of Europe’s finest early