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Abbreviated title(s) Isis
Discipline History of science
Language English
Edited by Bernard Lightman
Publication details
Publisher University of Chicago (United States)
Publication history 1912–present
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 0021-1753

Isis is an academic journal published by University of Chicago Press. It focuses on the history of science, history of medicine, and the history of technology, as well as their cultural influences, featuring both original research articles as well as extensive book reviews and review essays.

It was founded at Ghent in 1912 by George Sarton and is the official publication of the History of Science Society, the primary professional society for the discipline of the history of science and technology. It was not published between 1915 and 1918 because of World War I; publication resumed in 1919 after Sarton was established at Harvard University.

Contributions were originally in any of four European languages but from the 1920s only English has been used.[1] It is the oldest English-language journal devoted to the subject, and is published quarterly. Publication is partly supported by an endowment from the Dibner Fund. Two associated publications are Osiris (founded 1936 by Sarton) and Horus his bibliography on the history of science. For the first forty years Sarton was the editor of Isis.

The Current Bibliography (formerly the Cumulative Bibliography) of the history of science is published annually as a fifth volume of Isis. This is a bibliography of recent publications in the history of science and related fields, including books, book reviews, and journal articles. Following the retirement of editor John Neu in 1999, the bibliography office moved to the University of Oklahoma.

It appears to have been located in Philadelphia in a previous incarnation. The current editorial office is located at York University in Toronto.



  1. ^ George Sarton (22 February 1919), Letter to the New York Evening Post  

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