SOAP (Scholarly and Open Access Publishing) Podcast Series: Podcast #1 A Brief History of the Scholarly Journal until the 1990s

September 24, 2018

Kia ora! Haere mai!

Welcome to the first podcast in the series, SOAP (Scholarly and Open Access Publishing). This series is part of Massey University’s offering leading up to Open Access Week (22-28 October 2018) #oaweek.

Podcast #1  


This podcast begins at the beginning, with a brief overview of the birth of scholarly publishing pre 1900, then covers the early C20th and the post WW2 explosion of scientific endeavour and publishing. Its focus is on Europe although similar activities were occurring around the world. The main players in the spotlight are Robert Maxwell, Paul Rosbaud, Pergamon Press and Elsevier.

Listen to the podcast and share your comments with us below. We’d love to hear from you!

Alternatively here are the files in shorter segments:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three


Stay tuned for the second episode next week on The Big Deals!



  • Bruce White, Open Access and Copyright Advisor, Massey University
  • Amanda Curnow, Digital Asset Management Librarian, Massey University


List of references that we read/refer to

  • Cahn, R. W. (1994). The origins of Pergamon Press: Rosbaud and Maxwell. European Review, 2(01), 37–42. Retrieved from
  • Cook, A. (2001). Academic publications before 1940. In E. H. Fredriksson (Ed.), A Century of Science Publishing : A Collection of Essays (pp. 15–24). Amsterdam: IOS Press.
  • Cox, B. (2002). The Pergamon phenomenon 1951-1991: Robert Maxwell and scientific publishing. Learned Publishing, 15(4), 273–278.
  • Fredriksson, E. H. (2001). The Dutch publishing scene: Elsevier and North-Holland. In E. H. Fredriksson (Ed.), A Century of Science Publishing. A Collection of Essays (pp. 61–76). Amsterdam: IOS Press.
  • Miranda, R. N. (2001). Robert Maxwell: Forty-four years as publisher. In E. H. Fredriksson (Ed.), A Century of Science Publishing : A Collection of Essays. Amsterdam: IOS Press.
  • Sarkowski, H. (2001). The growth and decline of German scientific publishing 1850-1945. In E. H. Fredriksson (Ed.), A Century of Science Publishing: A collection of essays (pp. 25–34). Amsterdam: IOS Press.
  • Stevenson, I. (2009). Robert Maxwell and the invention of modern scientific publishing. Publishing History, (65), 97–113.


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