"Devant Le Deluge" and Other Essays on Early Modern Scientific Communication

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Scarecrow Press, 2004 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 335 pages
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For more than forty years, librarians and others have come to rely upon David Kronick's knowledge and expertise of the history and development of scientific journals. His writings have blazed a trail through the uncharted territory of scientific serial publishing. This volume brings together for the first time a collection of fifteen articles that discuss particular aspects of scientific communication from the early days of its ascendancy, 'before the information explosion.' The essays examine topics such as editorial policy in the early journals, the economic side of scientific publishing in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, aspects of journal indexing, early modern scientific networks, and the issues of authorship and authority. The whole constitutes a body of work that reveals both the richness and scope for further inquiry that has motivated Kronick for decades. All are topics that librarians as well as students and scholars in the philosophy of science, the sociology of science, the history of science, and the rhetoric of science will be certain to find enlightening and inspiring.

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Nicolas de Blegny Medical Journalist
Scientific Journal Publication in the Eighteenth Century
Studies of the Early Scientific Journal The Basic Source Lists
Toward a Typology of the Seventeenth and EighteenthCentury Scientific and Technical Periodical
Indexing of Early Scientific Periodicals in the IndexCatalogue
Authorship and Authority in the Scientific Periodicals of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Literature of the Life Sciences The Historical Background
Bibliographic Dispersion of Early Periodicals
Notes on the Printing History of the Early Philosophical Transactions
Medical Publishing Societies in Early Modern Britain
Economic Aspects of Scientific Journalism in the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries
Antecedents to and Influences on the Early Modern Scientific Journal
Establishing Periodicity in Early Modern Scientific Publications Almanacs Newspapers and journals
The Commerce of Letters Networks and Invisible Colleges in Early Modern Science
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Anonymity and Identity Editorial Policy in the Early Scientific Journal

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\David Kronick has been involved in studying these issues since he wrote his dissertation at the University of Chicago in 1956. He has spent the major part of his career working in University Medical Libraries and the National Library of medicine, and has had many opportunities to travel abroad to visit other libraries in the United Kingdom and on the continent.

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