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Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, a leading journal in the historiography of science, seeks high quality papers for review and possible publication.


Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences  (HSNS) is a peer-reviewed journal that explores the history of the natural sciences as they have developed since the 18th century. HSNS offers in-depth articles on a wide range of scientific fields, their social and cultural histories and supporting institutions, including astronomy, geology, physics, genetics, natural history, chemistry, meteorology, and molecular biology. Widely regarded as a leading journal in the historiography of science and technology, HSNS increased its publication to five times per year in 2012 to expand its roster of pioneering articles and notable reviews by the most influential writers in the field.

Areas of particular interest include:

  • Astronomy
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Natural history
  • Meteorology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Physics

Submitted articles are expected to be well-researched, thoughtfully argued pieces that reach well beyond a descriptive narrative of a historical event or case study, and engage with the professional literature on the history of the natural sciences. Authors are asked to review HSNS author guidelines prior to submission. 
Submissions and editorial inquiries should be directed to
Sample issue and articles:
Bred for the Race: Thoroughbred Breeding and Racial Science in the United States, 1900–1940
Brian Tyrrell, University of California, Santa Barbara 
Joseph D. Martin, Michigan State University 
Bruce J. Hunt, University of Texas at Austin 
Angela N. H. Creager, Princeton University


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