The Most Important Scientific Journals in the World, Science and Nature, win the Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities. ‘The scientific journals Science and Nature have been bestowed the 2007 Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities. The decision was announced today by the Jury in Oviedo.
Regarded as the most prestigious scientific journals in the world, over the course of their more than one hundred years of history, they have become the most rigorous and important means of communicating the foremost scientific breakthroughs. These journals, which are associated with the most important universities in the world, are indispensable universal references and the vanguard of scientific information.
This candidature has been proposed by Antonio Fernández-Rañada, president of the Spanish Royal Society of Physics and by journalist Pedro Páramo, both of whom are members of the Jury of the Prince of Asturias Awards.
Some of the most important and innovative work of the last 150 years has appeared on the pages of Science and Nature, thus contributing to the birth and development of many disciplines, including Electromagnetism, Relativity, Quantum Theory, Genetics, Biochemistry and Astronomy. Accordingly, in 2001, the international community learned of the description of the human genome from the pages of both publications. These journals subject the articles they publish to strict screening processes carried out by experts, placing them in their current leading position.
This is the fifth of eight Prince of Asturias Awards to be bestowed this year for the twenty-seventh time. The Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation was given to the president of Alliance for Climate Protection, Al Gore, the Award for the Arts went to American singer Bob Dylan, the Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research was jointly bestowed on British scientist Peter Lawrence and Spanish scientist Ginés Morata, and the Award for Letters was given to Amos Oz. The Award for Social Sciences will be made public next week, whilst the Prince of Asturias Awards for Sports and Concord will be announced this September.
Each of the Prince of Asturias Awards, which date back to 1981, is endowed with 50,000 Euros, a commissioned sculpture donated by Joan Miró, a diploma and an insignia. The awards will be presented in the autumn in Oviedo at a grand ceremony chaired by H.R.H. the Prince of Asturias.