The Founding of a Research Journal

David Sepkoski

in Rereading the Fossil Record

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780226748559
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226748580 | DOI:
The Founding of a Research Journal

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This chapter discusses the absence of an outlet for paleobiological research and the establishment of an paleobiology research journal. There are a set of institutional constraints that prevented paleontologists from establishing and promoting the paleobiological agenda. These constraints included departmental organization, pedagogical practices, and the absence of an outlet for paleobiological research. The first two constraints have been and continue to be somewhat intractable; the last was solved with the establishment of the journal Paleobiology. The journal was established to fill a gap in the literature. It solely belongs to the Paleontological Society Journal (PS) and represents independence from the Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists (SEPM). Eventually Paleobiology would come to establish a new image for the paleontological society in a way that could never be done by simply by enlarging the Journal of Paleontology. Paleobiology is now the focal point for ecologists, evolutionary biologists, and other neontologists who are interested in the history of life.

Keywords: research journal; paleobiological research; Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists; SEPM; Paleontological Society Journal; pedagogical practices

Chapter.  11658 words. 

Subjects: Palaeontology

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