A History of Scientific Journals Publishing at the Royal Society, 1665-2015

"A History of Scientific Journals" explores the significance and purpose of scientific journals in a changing research community. The book delves into the editorial management, business practices, and financial struggles of the Philosophical Transactions and its sibling Proceedings, highlighting their role in academic research and career development. The book's authors draw on the Royal Society's archives, spanning over 350 years, to provide insight into the evolution of scientific journals since Isaac Newton's time. The book is praised for its erudition and acuteness by Nature.

Aileen Fyfe; Noah Moxham; Julie McDougall-Waters; Camilla Mørk Røstvik

Table of Contents:

List of figures

List of tables

List of abbreviations

Contributor roles


Introduction: Origins Myths

Part I Invention, 1665-1750

1 The first Philosophical Transactions, 1665-1677

2 Repeated Reinventions, 1677-1696

3 Stabilising the Transactions, 1696-1752

4 The Transactions and the wider world, c.1700-1750

Part II Maturity and Institutionalisation, 1750-1820

5 For the Use and Benefit of the Society, 1750-1770

6 Sociability and Gatekeeping, 1770-1800

7 Circulating Knowledge, c.1780-1820

Part III The Professionalization of Science, 1820-1890

8 Reforms, Referees and the Proceedings, 1820-1850

9 Editing the Journals, 1850s-1870s

10 Scientific Publishing as Patronage, c.1860-1890

Part IV The Growth of Science, 1890-1950

11 The Rise of the Proceedings, 1890-1920s

12 Keeping the Publications Afloat, 1895-1930

13 Why do we Publish? 1932-1950

Part V The Business of Publishing, 1950-2015

14 Selling the Journals in the 1950s and 1960s

15 Survival in a Shrinking, Competitive Market, c.1970-1990

16 Money and Mission in the Digital Age, 1990-2015

Reflections: Learning from 350 years