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During the editorship of Philip Campbell (1995 onwards), the single author has all but disappeared. As the average number of contributors to individual papers continues to rise, Mott Greene investigates whether the present system is likely to last.
When John Maddox took over the reins of Nature’s editorship in 1966, the journal was in urgent need of reform. Walter Gratzer reflects on how Maddox and his successor (and predecessor) David Davies steered the magazine into its modern format.
Publisher Alexander Macmillan chose Norman Lockyer as Nature’s founding Editor in 1869. It was an inspired choice, but Lockyer’s powerful personality courted controversy in the fledgling magazine. Ruth Barton investigates.