Professional Development

12 - Scientific societies VI
Scientific societies and scientific publishing companies share certain concerns regarding the quality of publications, but they are financially independent from the sponsors of research studies to be published. Once a scientific journal accepts an article, the author must sign a copyright transfer form. After that, the editors hold the rights to diffuse the published data. Additionally, since the 17th century, scientific societies and publishing houses have adopted a system which ensures the scientific quality of data published in their journals: this system is known as peer review.