Publishing Research Quarterly

, Volume 35, Issue 1, pp 174–175 | Cite as

Alex Csiszar: The Scientific Journal: Authorship and the Politics of Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century

The University of Chicago Press, Chicago, Illinois, 2018, 368 pp, illustrated, Hardcover, $45.00, ISBN: 13-978-0-226-55323-8
  • Daniel UckoEmail author
Book Review

The scientific journal is the primary means of communication of new scientific results. It is the medium through which scientists are supposed to make results public, by publishing them. Publication in a scientific journal, and publishing first, has become the way of claiming credit for a discovery. For the more everyday business of academia, publication in quality journals serves cases for hiring, tenure, and promotion. The publication record of a scholar, both quantitatively and qualitatively, informs of the scholar’s expertise, achievements, and legitimacy. Scientific publishing has however been under significant scrutiny of late, with many questioning the adequacy of peer review, expertise, and to what extent research results should be open for all to read.

Alex Csiszar is associate professor in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University, and is a historian of scientific publishing and peer review. In The Scientific Journal, he traces the development of the...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Philosophy, Stony Brook UniversityStony BrookUSA
  2. 2.American Physical SocietyRidgeUSA

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