Nature 417, 580 - 581 (2002); (fwd)

Christina Paulston paulston+ at
Thu Jun 6 15:12:00 UTC 2002

The major French chemistry journal has been in English for quite a while.CB

>From: "Harold F. Schiffman" <haroldfs at>
>To: Language Policy-List <lgpolicy-list at>
>Subject: Nature 417, 580 - 581 (2002); (fwd)
>Date: Thu, Jun 6, 2002, 9:26 AM

> Nature 417, 580 - 581 (2002);
> "Oldest French journal says bienvenu to English papers
> [PARIS] The langue de Moliere is set to play a more minor role in France's
> oldest scientific journal. English will now be the preferred language for
> articles published in Comptes Rendus, the proceedings of the French Academy
> of Sciences.
> The academy says that the move is part of a modernizing drive designed to
> attract a wider international readership to its multidisciplinary journal,
> which was founded in 1835. More editors and referees from outside France are
> also being appointed.
> English usage in science, or any area of French public life, is limited by
> the government, which wants to preserve the country's national language.
> International scientific conferences organized by public research agencies,
> for example, must by law be in French or provide a simultaneous translation,
> and scientific publications must provide at least an abstract in French."
> Forwarded by Bernard Spolsky <spolsb at>

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