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The Development of the Research Journal and the Prehistory of Peer Review in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society

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Gorokhovsky, Elia P. (2023) The Development of the Research Journal and the Prehistory of Peer Review in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society. Other, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/jqdz-ca13. https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechTHESIS:06012022-160936425

Abstract

[Introduction] Modern science descends primarily from the ancient Greeks, when the body of scientific knowledge was small enough that they were able to favor the oral method of passing on knowledge. As the need for international scientific communication expanded, alternate methods of communicating science arose. The development of European public postal networks starting in the fifteenth century allowed communication by letter between scientists. Long-distance correspondence networks allowed researchers to share short-form information or solicit feedback. However, letters were generally problematic as means to disseminate the results of research. Although letters provided an effective way to transmit information, they did not allow channels for a scientist’s work to be broadly and easily reviewed by his peers. Moreover, they were expensive to send and could not reach a wide audience.

Item Type:Thesis (Other)
Subject Keywords:Gordon McClure Memorial Communications Prize ; Gordon McClure Memorial Communications Prize - History ; Hixon Writing Center
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Humanities and Social Sciences
Major Option:History
Awards:Gordon McClure Memorial Communications Prize - History, 2022.
Thesis Availability:Restricted to Caltech community only
Research Advisor(s):
  • Feingold, Mordechai
Group:Gordon McClure Memorial Communications Prize, Gordon McClure Memorial Communications Prize - History, Hixon Writing Center
Thesis Committee:
  • None, None
Defense Date:2022
Record Number:CaltechTHESIS:06012022-160936425
Persistent URL:https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechTHESIS:06012022-160936425
DOI:10.7907/jqdz-ca13
Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:14927
Collection:CaltechTHESIS
Deposited By: Leslie Rico
Deposited On:08 Jun 2022 17:33
Last Modified:13 Jul 2022 23:30

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