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A Curious Origin: The Scientific Journal

The first scientific journal published could have gotten its start with letters sent by a scientist or members of a scientist-based drinking club who decided to start taking meeting notes. But the first actual publication is credited to Henry Oldenburg in 1665 for his Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. The Society is celebrating its 350th anniversary throughout this year.

What began as a way to simplify Society correspondence started an entirely new genre: the scientific journal. Society members were impressed by the journal’s flexibility, content diversity, and transmission speed. Other scientists also began journals, which later became “the primary method of communicating scientific results.”

Scientific journals continue to be ways for researchers to publish quickly and get credit for their work. They encourage others to replicate, test, and further the research they contain. The peer review system, which came at the end of WWII, ensures rigorous reviews of research results and methodology.

More recent developments like digital publishing and the open access initiative have facilitated faster time to publish, reduced expenses, and, in growing instances, free access to scientific research. Centuries after its inception, the journal continues to evolve, strengthen, and maintain its essential and important role in the world of scientific research.


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