Genre, publication and making public.

Since the time of the Enlightenment we have believed in scientific genres, publication and the fixed roles of the writer/researcher and the public as consumer/reader. In this essay these beliefs are dislodged and seen in another light and as «out of joint». A number of themes are explored: publication as a form of confession for the general public, science as narrative and scientific truth as something always something decided in the future meeting between the reader/informants, rather than simply within the circle of the scientific community.

Keywords: genre, publication, narrative, public