Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences

HSNS cover imageHSNS (Historical Studies in the Natural Sciences, formerly known as HSPS) is an international quarterly journal published by the University of California Press for the Office for History of Science and Technology, University of California, Berkeley. It publishes scholarly articles, including intellectual, cultural, political, and institutional studies of the natural sciences in Western and non-Western societies since the eighteenth century. The editorial board encourages substantial accounts of original research, but also considers review articles and succinct contributions on the historiography and politics of science. Special issues appear regularly. All issues can be found on JSTOR.

The editorial foreword to the inaugural issue of HSNS (Vol. 38, Issue 1) is available here.

Submission Guidelines

Authors should prepare manuscripts in accordance with HSNS style. For guidance refer to our style sheet and a model article. For guidance on book reviews, see our book review style sheet.

Please observe the following instructions:

  • Supply an abstract upon submission.
  • Submit your manuscript in MS Word or RTF format, double-spaced and formatted for 8½ x 11 paper. Number pages continuously.
  • Prepare footnotes double-spaced using the footnote editor. HSNS follows the Chicago Manual of Style humanities style for footnotes; refer to the style sheet. No bibliography is required.
  • Send images, captions, tables, and displayed equations as separate files. Do not embed images in a Word document or PowerPoint. Scans should be made at min. 300 dpi for grayscale (600 dpi for line art) and saved in TIFF format. Print quality of images supplied in GIF or JPEG format cannot be guaranteed.

Manuscripts should be sent as e-mail attachments to Managing Editor Davinder Sidhu, e-mail: hsns@berkeley.edu

Editorial Board

  • Michael D. Gordin, Princeton University (chair)
  • Cathryn Carson, University of California, Berkeley
  • Matthias Dörries, Université de Strasbourg
  • David Kaiser, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • A. J. Lustig, Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich
  • W. Patrick McCray, University of California, Santa Barbara

Associate Editors

  • Soraya de Chadarevian, UCLA
  • Angela N. H. Creager, Princeton University
  • Olivier Darrigol, CNRS (REHSEIS)
  • Fa-ti Fan, Binghamton University
  • Jacob Darwin Hamblin, Oregon State University
  • Ursula Klein, Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte
  • Alexei Kojevnikov, University of British Columbia
  • Jennifer S. Light, Northwestern University
  • Stuart McCook, University of Guelph
  • Erika L. Milam, Princeton University
  • Giuliano Pancaldi, University of Bologna
  • Jessica Riskin, Stanford University
  • Bruno J. Strasser, Université de Genève
  • Zuoyue Wang, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • M. Norton Wise, UCLA
  • Andrea Woody, University of Washington

Book Review Editors

  • Jacob Darwin Hamblin, Oregon State University
  • Erika L. Milam, Princeton University

Managing Editor: Davinder Sidhu

Editorial Office:

Office for History of Science and Technology

543 Stephens Hall

University of California

Berkeley, CA 94720-2350


To subscribe, please visit the University of California Press website.

HSNS Cover image: Lichtenberg figure courtesy of Dr. John W. Gudenas