In Print


Melinda Baldwin, Making Nature: The History of a Scientific Journal. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2015.


Research Articles

Melinda Baldwin, “The business of being an editor: Norman Lockyer, Macmillan and Company, and the editorship of Nature, 1869-1919,” Centaurus 62 no. 1 (2020): 111–124. Available online at

Melinda Baldwin, “Scientific autonomy, public accountability, and the rise of ‘peer review’ in the Cold War United States,” Isis 109 no. 3 (2018): 538–558. Available online at and here.

Melinda Baldwin, “In referees we trust?” Physics Today 70 no. 2 (2017): 44–49. Available online at

Melinda Baldwin, “Credibility, peer review, and Nature, 1939-1990,” Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science 69 no. 3 (2015): 337–352. Available online at

Melinda Baldwin, “Keeping in the race’: physics, publication speed and national publishing strategies in Nature, 1895–1939,” British Journal for the History of Science 47 no. 2 (2014): 257–279.  Available online at

Melinda Baldwin, “The shifting ground of Nature: Establishing an organ of scientific communication in Britain, 1869-1900,” History of Science 50 no. 2 (2012): 125–154.

Melinda Baldwin, “’Where are your intelligent mothers to come from?’: Marriage and family in the scientific career of Dame Kathleen Lonsdale FRS (1903–1971),” Notes and Records of the Royal Society 63 no. 1 (2009): 81–94.  Available online at

Merlyn D. Schuh and Melinda Baldwin, “Alpha-Helix Formation in Melittin and Beta-Lactoglobulin A Induced by Fluorinated Dialcohols,” Journal of Physical Chemistry B 110 no. 22 (2006): 10903–10909.


Articles in edited collections

Melinda Baldwin, “Tyndall and Stokes: Correspondence, referee reportsand the physical sciences in Victorian Britain.”  Article in Bernard Lightman and Michael Reidy, eds., The Age of Scientific Naturalism: Tyndall and his Contemporaries (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2014), 171–186.

Melinda Baldwin, “The Successors to the X Club? Late Victorian naturalists and Nature, 1869-1900.” Article in Gowan Dawson and Bernard Lightman, eds., Victorian Scientific Naturalism: Community, Identity, Continuity (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2014), 288–308.


Edited Volumes

Janet Browne and Melinda Baldwin, eds., The Correspondence of John Tyndall, Volume 2: 1843-1849 (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2015).


Reviews & Professional Articles                                                                                      

Melinda Baldwin, “Format: Journals,” in Information: A Historical Companion, eds. Ann Blair, Paul Duguid, Anja Goeing, and Anthony Grafton. Princeton University Press; anticipated publication 2020.

Melinda Baldwin, “Peer review,” in Carnegie Mellon Encyclopedia of the History of Science, ed. Christopher Phillips. Digital, open-access encyclopedia hosted by Carnegie Mellon University. Available online at

Melinda Baldwin, “Victorian Bookshelf: Review of Novel Science by Adelene Buckland, Steam-Powered Knowledge by Aileen Fyfe, The Starry Sky Within by Anna Henchman, and Visions of Science by James Secord,” Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences 45 no. 4 (2015): 610–620.

Melinda Baldwin, “Researchers Writing for the Public: Review of Science for All by Peter J. Bowler,” Science 326 no. 5958 (4 December 2009): 1347–1348.

Melinda Baldwin, “Constructivism and Mass-Observation in Britain: Review of Scientific Moderns by Boris Jardine,” Dissertation Reviews (24 May 2012). Available at

Melinda Baldwin, “Blogging, Tweeting, and Other Digital Activities: A Beginner’s Guide to the Internet for Early-Career Scholars,” Newsletter of the History of Science Society (July 2012). Available at