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

Elia Gorokhovsky
[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....
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