The origins of scientific publishing

About this video

Did you know, the origins of journal publishing can be traced back to the 17th century? These days, it’s a major industry; each year, some 2000 publishing organizations publish 46,000 scholarly journals and over 5 million articles worldwide!

In this module, we look behind the numbers to discover why journal publishing – and journals – are so crucial to the world of research. We lift the curtain to reveal exactly what publishers do behind the scenes, from enriching the online version of your work to ensuring your paper can be found and read. And we look at who publishers serve – a much broader audience than you might think!

You’ll come away with a clear understanding of the importance of publishing in journals and how publishers support and nurture that process.

About the presenter

Jan Willem Wijnen

Executive Publisher Chemistry, Elsevier, Elsevier

Jan Willem Wijnen obtained his PhD in organic chemistry at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in 1997. He was researcher at ATO-DLO (Wageningen) for a year, after which he became publishing editor chemistry at Kluwer Academic Publishers (now Springer). Later he took the position of business developer within this company. He worked as a publishing consultant and project manager for several other academic publishers and was a senior publisher at Kluwer Juridische Uitgeverij.  As executive publisher for Elsevier he manages a portfolio of 15 journals in physics and is involved in setting up new innovative academic publications.