Our mission is to promote international and Hungarian science, that is, to publish the new discoveries in several areas of science, to effectively support information exchange amongst scientists on a global level, and to make scientific results a public property for all who seek valuable and reliable knowledge.
The approaching end of the calendar year offers a good occasion to look back and summarise our achievements. Although the passing year, still dominated by COVID-19, was not easy for anyone, we are proud to report about a few affirming successes.
In 2021, September 20-24 was chosen to celebrate a most essential ingredient of academic publishing: Peer Review.
The idea of pre-publication screening of scientific papers is pretty old. Historians report about the first peer review process in 1665 at Philosophical Transactions of London Royal Society; and about the first fully refereed academic journal Media Essays and Observations in 1731 by the Royal Society in Edinburgh. Still, it has not become widely accepted until after WWII. In 1936 Albert Einstein was deeply offended, and in fact withdrew his submission from Physical Reviews, because it had been sent to a referee. Refereeing, as a routine, was introduced at The Lancet in 1976. The word ‘referee’ was first used in scientific publication in 1817 and the term `peer review’ is only ca. 50 years old.