How journal publishing advanced science – And continues to do so!

Origins – Developments – Future Prospects

13:00 - 16:30, 4th March 2015, Royal Institution of Great Britain, Albermarle St, London W1


6th March 2015 is the 350th anniversary of the first publication of Philosophical Transactions, the world’s first scientific journal, conceived, published and edited for profit by the German-born first joint Secretary of the Royal Society, Henry Oldenburg. It marks the beginning of journal publishing with the principles thrashed out in correspondence between Oldenburg and Robert Boyle still forming the main functions of scholarly journal publishing in the digital era.

As part of wider celebrations of this anniversary, STM will be holding a free to attend commemorative seminar on the 4th March.



13:00    Registration and light lunch
13:45 Welcome and introduction
Michael Mabe, STM

13:50 Oldenburg and the invention of journal  publishing
Michael Mabe, STM


"Present undertakings of the ingenious"
The journal at 350 is open, online, growing fast and tweeting. But for how much longer will       anyone need it?
Trish Groves, BMJ

15:10 Coffee Break
15:40 STM 2040: What will scientific communication look like on the 50th anniversary of the World Wide Web?
Timo Hannay, Digital Science

16:20 Q&A
16:30 Conclusion and end of seminar


Do join us for this lively afternoon event looking into the past, present and the future of publishing. Whilst places are free, space is limited and will be issued on a first come first served basis to those that register.

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