Reference numberRR/15/359
TitleReferee's report by Professor Edward Albert Sharpey-Schafer, on a paper 'The colour-physiology of higher crustaceae' by Frederick Keeble and Frederick William Gamble
DateAugust 1902
DescriptionSectional Committee: Zoology

He does not offer any opinion as to publishing the morphological part in Philosophical Transactions but thinks that the physiological part should be separated from it and be issued as a separate communication in the Proceedings. The title of the paper does not express the nature of the content as a large part deals with purely morphological problems and he does not feel competent to offer any report on this part. With regard to the part devoted to physiology, if it were presented as a separate paper, it is not of a character to be recommended for Philosophical Transactions. There are a good many facts recorded and tabulated but the experimental work is too imperfect to justify some of the conclusions which the author draws. There is a tendency to indulge in vague theorizing, entirely unsupported by observed facts. The authors themselves admit as much in one or two places. The tendency of the author to introduce strange analogies and 'high flown language' is to be deprecated in a paper dealing with purely scientific observations. It is especially desirable that it be clearly stated with regard to each recorded fact whether there is a confirmation of previous work with a definite reference to such work. The references to literature are too vague throughout, or are omitted. The illustrations are 'unphysiological'.

[Published in Philosophical Transactions B, 1902].

Endorsed on verso as received 11 August 1902.
Physical descriptionStandardised form (type A)
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Access statusOpen
Related materialDOI: 10.1098/rspl.1902.0061
Related records in the catalogueRR/15/358
Fellows associated with this archive
NA8017Sharpey-Schafer; Sir; Edward Albert (1850 - 1935)1850 - 1935
NA1193Keeble; Sir; Frederick William (1870 - 1952)1870 - 1952
NA1285Gamble; Frederick William (1869 - 1926)1869 - 1926
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