The History of a Scientific Journal
But how did Nature become such an essential institution? In Making "Nature," Melinda Baldwin charts the rich history of this extraordinary publication from its foundation in 1869 to current debates about online publishing and open access. This pioneering study not only tells Nature's story but also sheds light on much larger questions about the history of science publishing, changes in scientific communication, and shifting notions of "scientific community." Nature, as Baldwin demonstrates, helped define what science is and what it means to be a scientist.
A Note to the Reader
Who Is a “Scientist”?
Nature’s Shifting Audience: 1869–1875
Nature’s Contributors and the Changing of Britain’s Scientific Guard: 1872–1895
Defining the “Man of Science” in Nature
Scientific Internationalism and Scientific Nationalism
Nature, Interwar Politics, and Intellectual Freedom
“It Almost Came Out on Its Own”: Nature under L. J. F. Brimble and A. J. V. Gale
Nature, the Cold War, and the Rise of the United States
“Disorderly Publication”: Nature and Scientific Self-Policing in the 1980s
geological theory in Baldwin’s excellent and much-needed study of the prestigious scientific
journal Nature. Given current debates over the future of scholarly publishing and scientific communication, particularly with issues surrounding open access, Making 'Nature' is an important work that brings a vital historical perspective to bear."