Writing

Forthcoming
Csiszar, Alex. “Gaming Metrics Before the Game.” In Beyond Publish or Perish: Metrics and the New Ecologies of Academic Misconduct, edited by Mario Biagioli and Alexandra Lippman. Cambridge: MIT Press, Forthcoming.
Csiszar, Alex. “Proceedings and the Public.” In Constructing Scientific Communities: Science Periodicals in Nineteenth-Century Britain, edited by Sally Shuttleworth, Gowan Dawson, Bernard Lightman, and Jonathan R. Topham. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, Forthcoming.
2018
The Scientific Journal: Authorship and the Politics of Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century
Csiszar, Alex. The Scientific Journal: Authorship and the Politics of Knowledge in the Nineteenth Century. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2018. Link
2017
The Catalogue that Made Metrics, and Changed Science
Csiszar, Alex. “The Catalogue that Made Metrics, and Changed Science.” Nature 551 (2017). Link
How Lives Became Lists and Scientific Papers Became Data: Cataloguing Authorship during the Nineteenth Century
Csiszar, Alex. “How Lives Became Lists and Scientific Papers Became Data: Cataloguing Authorship during the Nineteenth Century.” British Journal for the History of Science 50 (2017): 23-60. Link
2016
Peer Review: Troubled from the start
Csiszar, Alex. “Peer Review: Troubled from the start.” Nature, 2016, 532, 306-308. Link
Csiszar, Alex, and Alison Cook. “Q and A on the History of Retractions.” Retraction Watch, 2016. Link
2015
Objectivity in Science
Csiszar, Alex. “Objectivities in Print.” In Objectivity in Science, 145-169. Dordrecht: Springer, 2015. LinkAbstract

Since the late nineteenth century, observers of science have recognized a close link between several of the practices associated with scientific objectivity and the apparatus of scientific publishing. So compelling has seemed this link that it is commonly believed to be of very long standing, and even a precondition for the emergence of modern science itself. But this belief is both historically mistaken and philosophically misleading. This essay tracks two moments during which the bond between scientific publishing and certain epistemic virtues were in the process of formation. The first moment concerns the spread of referee systems in British science in the early nineteenth century, practices that were later transformed into what we now call peer review. The second concerns the late nineteenth-century consolidation of the periodical literature as the seat of collective scientific opinion at the same time that objectivity in science came commonly to be viewed as inhering in the rational coordination of such collective opinions.

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2014
Review: Robert Fox, The Savant and the State
Csiszar, Alex. “Review: Robert Fox, The Savant and the State.” Journal of Modern History 86, no. 3 (2014): 693-694. Link
2013
Bibliography as Anthropometry: Dreaming Scientific Order at the fin de siècle
Csiszar, Alex. “Bibliography as Anthropometry: Dreaming Scientific Order at the fin de siècle.” Library Trends 62, no. 2 (2013): 442-455. DownloadAbstract

The 1890s saw an explosion of ambitious projects to build a massive classification of knowledge that would serve as a basis for universal catalogues of scientific publishing. The largest of these were the rival International Catalogue of Scientific Literature (London) and Répertoire Bibliographique Universel (Brussels). This essay argues that one widely influential but overlooked source of the enthusiasm for classification as a technology of search and retrieval during this period was the emergence of new methods and technologies for classifying and keeping track of people, and in particular, the criminal identification laboratory of Alphonse Bertillon located in Paris.

The Priority of Piracy [Review of Adrian Johns, Piracy : the intellectual property wars from Gutenberg to Gates]
Csiszar, Alex. “The Priority of Piracy [Review of Adrian Johns, Piracy : the intellectual property wars from Gutenberg to Gates].” Metascience 22, no. 3 (2013): 625-628. Link
2012
Csiszar, Alex. “Science in Notes: An Itinerary.” Take Note, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, 2012. Link
Serialität und die Suche nach Ordnung: Der wissenschaftliche Druck und seine Probleme während des späten 19. Jahrhunderts
Csiszar, Alex. “Serialität und die Suche nach Ordnung: Der wissenschaftliche Druck und seine Probleme während des späten 19. Jahrhunderts.” Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft 7 (2012): 19-46. LinkAbstract

This is a German translation of "Seriality and the Search for Order"

2003
Stylizing Rigor: or, Why Mathematicians Write So Well
Csiszar, Alex. “Stylizing Rigor: or, Why Mathematicians Write So Well.” Configurations 11, no. 2 (2003): 239-268.