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Joseph E Harmon's Writings

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The Scientific Journal: Making It New? Joseph E. Harmon The future is already here. It’s just not evenly distributed yet.  —William Gibson Abstract In the early 1990s, as the first digital scientific journals were coming online, Stevan Harnad made the prescient observation that “Electronic journals should not and will not be mere clones of paper journals,...
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William Thomson (Lord Kelvin), 1899. “Blue ray of sunrise over Mont Blanc.” Nature, Vol. 60, p. 411.   Today, Nature is widely considered one of the most prestigious periodicals in all of science, with a weekly print circulation of fifty thousand. Founded in England in 1869, it started out a much different publication than the highly technical and...