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Alex Csiszar – The Scientific Journal: A Political History

May 11th, 2015 by Mary Wood

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Alex Csiszar
Asst. Professor, Harvard

The Scientific Journal: A Political History


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 …

Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene

May 17th, 2013 by Amy Studer

Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene is a new, nonprofit, open-access multidisciplinary journal, supported by leading research universities and BioOne.

Publishing original research reporting on new knowledge of the Earth’s physical, chemical, and biological systems; interactions between human and natural systems; and steps that can be taken to mitigate and adapt to global change, Elementa will report on fundamental advancements in research organized initially into six knowledge domains, embracing the concept that basic knowledge can foster sustainable solutions for society.

Elementa is published on an open-access, public-good basis—available freely and immediately to the world.

Elementa is now accepting submissions for the following domains:

  • Atmospheric Science
  • Earth and Environmental Science
  • Ecology
  • Ocean Science
  • Sustainable Engineering
  • Sustainability Transitions

Visit the Elementa website for more details:

Source for this blog post:  Elementa press release May 15, 2013


MelodySheep.  Elementa:  Science of the Anthropocene.  (2013, February 12). Humanities epoch:  Anthropocene.  Retrieved from YouTube: