St Andrews to sponsor Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship Applicants

QuadThe School of History and the University of St Andrews is pleased to announce that it will sponsor outstanding researchers who are eligible and wish to apply for a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship. This scheme enables early career researchers to undertake a significant piece of publishable work. Applicants must have a track record of research, but should not have held an established academic appointment. To be considered for University sponsorship, and if you wish to have an ECF in the School of History, please discuss your application in the first instance with the Head of the School of History, Prof. John Hudson.

The application to the University should be sent to and should be in the form of a draft of a Leverhulme application. The deadline for applications to the University is 10 January 2014.

Four year AHRC Award for the study of the Royal Society’s Philosophical Transactions

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Frontispiece of the first volume of the Philosophical Transactions ©The Royal Society

Dr Aileen Fyfe has been awarded a £790,000 research grant from the Arts & Humanities Research Council for a four-year project telling the story of the world’s oldest surviving scientific journal.

Philosophical Transactions has been published by the Royal Society in London since 1665, and will be celebrating its 350th anniversary in 2015. The funding will support two postdoctoral researchers, who will use the unrivalled resources of the Royal Society’s archives to investigate issues – such as the origins of peer review, and the relationship between profitability and the publication of scholarly knowledge – that are at the heart of the knowledge-based economy.

Dr Fyfe says: ‘Philosophical Transactions is the most famous scientific journal in the history of science, yet the details of the commercial, economic and editorial practices which lie behind the ground-breaking research published in its pages have barely been studied. Our project will build upon existing scholarship on the early years of the journal, but will pursue the story into the era of industrial printing, the professionalization of science, and ultimately, electronic publishing. We are particularly interested in the gradual development, adaptation and decline of editorial practices, commercial strategies and technological processes.’

Electrical apparatus 1778 ©The Royal Society

Electrical apparatus 1778 ©The Royal Society

One postdoctoral researcher has been appointed to the project, Dr Noah Moxham, whose doctoral research was on the administrative and organisational structures of the early Royal Society. The second four-year postdoctoral research position will be advertised in January and is for a scholar with expertise in late nineteenth and twentieth century history of science and/or history of publishing. The postdoctoral researchers will be based at the Royal Society.

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Plate accompanying a 1665 paper ©The Royal Society

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Plate accompanying a 1724 paper ©The Royal Society