Historia Scientiarum Information for Contributors

Information for Contributors

Manuscripts and Style

    Historia Scientiarum invites original contributions on all aspects of the history of science and technology.

  1. The journal accepts manuscripts for “articles,” “notes,” “documents,” or “reviews.”
  2. Manuscripts should be written in English, French, or German.
  3. The text, including footnotes and references, should not normally exceed 12,000 words.
  4. The text should be prepared in an electronic form and formatted as a text file or a  Word file. Those who wish to use other formats should consult the Editor.
  5. Place an asterisk (*) on the right side of the author’s name, and put the author’s  affiliation after another asterisk at the bottom of the first page.
  6. Figures and tables should be prepared separately from the text with their proper locations indicated in red on printouts.
  7. The article should contain an abstract of about 200 words as well as five key words.
  8. Please mark clearly for the typesetter special fonts, mathematical notations, chemical formulae, and characters that cannot be expressed by author’s personal computer.
  9. Notes and references should preferably be compiled as footnotes rather than endnotes.  Use superscripts for the numbering of notes and references. Historia Scientiarum recommends the conventions of the latest edition of The Chicago Manual of Style.  The following are examples:

    1 Lewis Pyenson, “Imperium in Imperio:  The Natural History of Natural Knowledge,” Historia Scientiarum, vol. 10, No. 1 (2000):  1-15.
    2 Mary Jo Nye, Before Big Science:  The Pursuit of Modern Chemistry and Physics, 1800-1940 (Cambridge, Massachusetts:  Harvard University Press, 1999), pp. 26-27.
    3 Masao Watanabe, Nihonjin to kindai kagaku: Seiyo eno taio to kadai (Japanese and Modern Science:  Reactions to the West and Their Problems) (Tokyo:  Iwanami shoten, 1976), p. 59.


  1. Two printouts and a floppy disk (or e-mail attachments) should be sent to:

      Editor of Historia Scientiarum, c/o International Academic Printing Co., Ltd.
      4-4-19 Takadanobaba, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 169-0075, Japan
      Email: kagakushi@bunken.co.jp

  2. Specify your OS and word-processing software.
  3. Please inform the contributor’s email address as well as post-mail address.
  4. Members of the History of Science Society of Japan are able to submit manuscripts with no charge.  Non-members from outside Japan who wish to submit manuscripts will be charged a publishing fee of 10,000 yen. Invited contributors may submit manuscripts with no charge.
  5. The manuscript will be reviewed normally by two referees before the Editorial  Committee makes decisions for publication.
  6. The copyright of articles, notes, documents, and reviews published in Historia Scientiarum belongs to the History of Science Society of Japan. The authors who wish to publish in other journals or books their articles, notes, documents, or reviews that have been published in Historia Scientiarum must request permission from the Editor in advance.


      The first proofs will be sent to the author for typographical or other minor corrections.  The authors will have to bear costs that may arise from introducing any additional revisions.

Pdf file

      The pdf file of the published version of the paper will be sent to the article contributors free of charge.