A century of scientific and technical information

Brian Vickery (Oxford)

Journal of Documentation

ISSN: 0022-0418

Publication date: 1 December 1999


The paper attempts to provide an outline account of the development and context of scientific and technical communication during the twentieth century. The main channels and forms of communication are reviewed, and their changing contributions to the overall pattern of information flow. The ever‐increasing volume and diversity of scientific and technical information are emphasised. The paper concludes with some reflections on what may be learnt from this history.



Vickery, B. (1999), "A century of scientific and technical information", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 55 No. 5, pp. 476-527. https://doi.org/10.1108/EUM0000000007155

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