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In 2015 the Royal Society celebrated the 350th anniversary of Philosophical Transactions, the world’s first science journal, which introduced the fundamental concepts and processes of scholarly communication still used by almost 30,000 journals published today.

In April and May we held a series of discussions on evolving and controversial areas in scholarly communication, looking at the impact of technology, the culture of science and how scientists might communicate in the future.

You can download the outputs from this meeting here

The topics for discussion were: Peer review, the use of impact metrics in research assessment, reproducibility, ethics and misconduct, business models and profiting from publishing, and the mechanisms by which scientific knowledge is disseminated and assessed.

The Society brought together major stakeholders including researchers, research funders, university leaders, policy makers, publishers and data experts to discuss these areas and debate how science might be communicated in the future.

In the second of two meetings (the first was held on 20-21 April) participants discussed the following:

  • Reproducibility of research
  • Ethics, misconduct and fraud in scientific publishing
  • Mechanisms of publishing and the future of journals