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Scientific Publishing, Overview

Publishing the results of scientific inquiry is fundamental to the progress of science. Publishing scientific findings for the scholarly community is also a multibillion dollar, worldwide enterprise conducted by commercial publishers, nonprofit publishers, scholarly societies, and, increasingly, the scientists themselves. The editing and publishing process serve a quality control purpose as well as a communication one. Publications created for nonexperts are a separate aspect of scientific publishing.

Publishing the results of scientific inquiry serves several purposes. It enables the widespread dissemination of the information, as with other publishing activities. In addition, it ensures that the details of the findings are recorded accurately, it can be used to establish ownership or primacy over a new finding or idea, and (not least) it presents the findings to other ...

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