The polar sciences journal: the past and future of a crucial research instrument

  • Anna M. Gielas Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
Keywords: Scientific publishing, international polar year, Norwegian Polar Institute, polar science, science journals, history of science


Journals dedicated to the polar sciences have been outliers. Within both the history of science and the history of media, they stand out in several ways, including their comparatively late establishment of peer-review. It was not until the second half of the 20th century, that polar sciences journals began to carry predominantly peer-reviewed original research rather than synopses of research published elsewhere. This Perspective piece uses the 40th anniversary of Polar Research as an opportunity to look at the past of polar sciences periodicals—and invites reflection on their future.


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How to Cite
Gielas A. M. (2022). The polar sciences journal: the past and future of a crucial research instrument. Polar Research, 41.