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dc.contributor.authorFyfe, Aileen
dc.contributor.authorSquazzoni, Flaminio
dc.contributor.authorTorny, Didier
dc.contributor.authorDondio, Pierpaolo
dc.identifier.citationFyfe , A , Squazzoni , F , Torny , D & Dondio , P 2019 , ' Managing the growth of peer review at the Royal Society journals, 1865-1965 ' , Science, Technology and Human Values , vol. Online First .
dc.identifier.otherPURE: 259114733
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dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-6794-4140/work/59698788
dc.identifier.otherWOS: 000478254300001
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85070331405
dc.descriptionThis collaboration was supported by the COST Action TD1306 “New Frontiers of Peer Review” (PEERE). The historical research for this paper was supported by the UK Arts & Humanities Research Council, grant AH/K001841, “Publishing the Philosophical Transactions, 1665-2015.”en
dc.description.abstractThis article examines the evolution of peer review and the modern editorial processes of scholarly journals by analyzing a novel dataset derived from the Royal Society’s archives and covering 1865 to 1965, i.e., the historical period in which refereeing (not yet known as peer review) became firmly established. Our analysis reveals how the Royal Society’s editorial processes coped with both an increasing reliance on refereeing and a growth in submissions, while maintaining collective responsibility and minimizing research waste. By engaging more of its fellows in editorial activity, the society was able to establish an equilibrium of number of submissions per reviewer that was relatively stable over time. Nevertheless, our analysis shows that the distribution of editorial work was significantly uneven. Our findings reveal interesting parallels with current concerns about the scale and distribution of peer-review work and suggest the strategic importance of the management of the editorial process to achieve a creative mix of community commitment and professional responsibility that is essential in contemporary journals.
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dc.rightsCopyright The Author(s) 2019. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 License ( which permits non-commercial use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (
dc.subjectPeer reviewen
dc.subjectScholarly journalsen
dc.subjectEditorial worken
dc.subjectRoyal Societyen
dc.subjectD History (General)en
dc.subjectH Social Sciencesen
dc.subjectZ665 Library Science. Information Scienceen
dc.titleManaging the growth of peer review at the Royal Society journals, 1865-1965en
dc.typeJournal articleen
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dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews.School of Historyen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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