Asst. Professor, Harvard
Wednesday, May 13, 2015, 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
2nd Floor Instruction Room, Shields Library
Lunch will be served – Please RSVP
Scientific journals are expected to do a lot of different things … The list of a researcher’s papers is a unit by which careers are measured and a dominant factor in decisions about hiring, tenure, and grants. Scientific journals are both permanent archive and breaking news, both complete record and painstaking selection, both public forum and the esoteric domain of experts.
This talk will explore how and why this improbable state of affairs came into being over the course of the nineteenth century. The shift whereby the authority of science came to be vested increasingly in serialized print did not come about through any deliberate decision taken by scientists based on the fitness of the periodical press to play this role …