Roberto Lalli Publishes Article on Early Editorial Practices

The year 2018 marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of the journal The Physical Review, which transformed from a peripheral publication to a leading physics journal in the 1930s. Research Scholar Roberto Lalli has published an article in APS News on the editorial structures of The Physical Review, considering scientific policies and editorial practices implemented by APS editors and their historical evolution. What implications does the journal's story have for current debates and challenges within scientific publishing? Identifying scientific publications as “active and powerful agents” within the system of knowledge production in a scientific community, Lalli focuses especially on the role played by The Physical Review's early editors, Gordon Fulcher and John Tate, in shaping an editorial infrastructure that is taken for granted today.