Journals play a pivotal role in science and academia. Publishing in scholarly periodicals provides a path to disseminate our insights and bolster scientific communities. It can drive careers and foster knowledge. This interesting article was found on in their article, “How journals shape science and academia.”

But why is the journal the catalyst? There are a variety of other publications and information sources, so why the journal? Many consider the journal more efficient than the other alternatives, but I have to keep asking – how and why? And who has deemed it more efficient?No one seems to have the answers. It has a long history, and not just inside academia. The pursuit of insight and knowledge took place in a fundamentally different framework than it does today. This article takes a deeper look at its history and is worth the time to read. You may not walk away with the answer, but you will learn something.

Melody K. Smith

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