Gate-keeping and localizing in scientific translation publishing: the case of Richard Taylor and Scientific Memoirs

  title={Gate-keeping and localizing in scientific translation publishing: the case of Richard Taylor and Scientific Memoirs},
  author={Maeve Olohan},
  journal={The British Journal for the History of Science},
  pages={433 - 450}
  • Maeve Olohan
  • Published 2013
  • Sociology
  • The British Journal for the History of Science
Abstract Growing interest in studying translation through a sociological lens and the relative lack of attention by translation scholars to the production of scientific translations provide impetus and rationale for this case study. Richard Taylor's editorial work for the Scientific Memoirs periodical is examined, with a particular focus on his conception of the utility of translation in the service of scientific advancement in Britain. The roles of gate-keeper and localizer of scientific… Expand
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