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The Co-ordination of Scientific Publication

Nature volume 101, page 213 (16 May 1918) | Download Citation



THE co-ordination of scientific publication formed the subject of a recent conference arranged by the Faraday Society under the chairmanship of Sir Robert Hadfield, when a number of interesting problems bearing on the desirability of a fuller cooperation amongst our scientific and technical societies were discussed. Both in the reading and publication of papers there is, at present, a considerable amount of overlapping and lack of co-ordination, with the result that much valuable work is either lost or overlooked owing to communications being made to societies which are not especially associated with the subject-matter of the investigations concerned, and much benefit would undoubtedly result from a federation of interests in this respect. Whilst there is a general consensus of opinion that it is essential to maintain the individuality of each society in regard to the reading and publication of papers, and that any attempt to pool communications for later distribution by a central organisation is undesirable, much effective co-operation could be secured between kindred societies by the arrangement of joint meetings and conferences with the object of promoting united work on problems of common interest. Borderland subjects merit special consideration from this point of view.

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