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The Scientific Paper Is Obsolete

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Obsolete paper

Credit: PNAS / Richard Goerg / Getty / The Atlantic

The scientific paper—the actual form of it—was one of the enabling inventions of modernity. Before it was developed in the 1600s, results were communicated privately in letters, ephemerally in lectures, or all at once in books.

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