Isis, Osiris, Current Bibliography, and Newsletter

The Society produces several influential publications in the history of science. Isis is a quarterly journal featuring topical articles and book reviews. The Isis Current Bibliography annually indexes articles, books, and dissertations in the history of science. Osiris is a annual publication which focuses on a single theme, bringing together original articles by noted and emerging scholars. The quarterly Newsletter provides insights on the profession and news on jobs, conferences, and other professional activities. Advertising is accepted for Isis and the Newsletter. See the links below for further information.


George Sarton founded Isis, the premier international journal dedicated to the history of science, in Belgium in 1912. After World War I, Sarton and the journal moved to the United States. Today, Isis is edited by Bernard Lightman at York University, and published and distributed quarterly by the University of Chicago Press.

Each issue begins with topical articles providing in-depth coverage of leading issues in the history of science. News of the Profession and an Essay Review follow. Issues conclude with an extensive collection of book reviews, covering all fields and time periods in the history of science.

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The Isis Current Bibliography

The "CB" indexes new work in the history of science at the end of each year. Printed editions are issued as a supplement to Isis, and mailed to each member of the Society. Each annual issue typically contains more than 3000 entries. The entries are also loaded into the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine database. Free access to this electronic resource over the Internet is another benefit of membership in the Society.

In July of 2002, the Society welcomed Stephen Weldon as its new Bibliographer. Stephen is based at the University of Oklahoma, where he will also serve as a member of the history of science faculty. You may send suggested entries for the database to:

Stephen P. Weldon
Assistant Professor of History of Science
Editor, Isis Bibliography of the History of Science
Department of History of Science
University of Oklahoma
601 Elm, Room 618
Norman, OK 73019-3106

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This annual thematic publication addresses emergent research in the history of science and its cultural influences. Society Editor Bernard Lightman supervises Osiris production, while Andrea Rusnock at the University of Rhode Island edits the publication and coordinates the guest scholars who arrange particular issues.

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Please address all correspondence to the Society's editor, Bernard Lightman:

Isis Editorial Office
309 Bethune College
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto ON M3J 1P3

Telephone: (416) 650-8278
Fax: (416) 650-8289


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