Workshop C: Peer Out

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C. Peer Out

ROOM: PhysLab 5

TIME: 14:30-15:30, 16:00-17:00


Workshop leaders: Stefan Janucz, Emilie Aime, Ruth Milne and Raminder Shergill, Royal Society Publishing

How scientific journals are adapting to change, including the role of online publishing

Stefan is the Programme Manager for the 350th anniversary of the journal “Philosophical Transactions”. He, Emilie, Ruth and Raminder work for the Publishing division of the Royal Society, which publishes nine scientific journals. The Royal Society is a Fellowship of the world’s most distinguished scientists and its fundamental purpose is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science.


Scientific publishing began almost 350 years ago in 1665 with the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, still published today. The journal’s founder, Henry Oldenburg, defined the functions of a scientific journal as Registration (establishing who got there first), Certification (peer review), Dissemination (communicating to a sizeable, geographically distributed audience) and Archiving (allowing scientists to build on what went before). These are the foundations of, not only scientific publishing, but the scientific method itself. This model has since been used by many thousands of scientific journals, and since the world wide web, there are now nearly 30,000 journals publishing altogether a million papers a year. This workshop will look at how the model is adapting to change including open access, and how online publishing offer new opportunities and challenges.

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