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[Comment] Offline: The future of scientific knowledge

“Wherever we look, we find signs that whatever dominance the journal may have possessed is fast unravelling.” Alex Csiszar arrives at this unnerving conclusion (at least unnerving to me) in his compelling new book, The Scientific Journal: Authorship and the Politics of Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century (2018). By traversing the histories of scientific knowledge in England and France from 1665 (the birth year of the Journal des Sçavans in Paris and Philosophical Transactions in London), he uncovers clues to understanding the upheavals presently facing traditional scientific journals and publishers.

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