Archives of natural history
The Society’s main publication is Archives of natural history (formerly the Journal of the Society for the Bibliography of Natural History).
Produced twice a year, it is distributed free to all members. It contains refereed, illustrated papers and book reviews and is published for the Society by Edinburgh University Press.
Free featured article is “The perfect pest: natural history and the red squirrel in nineteenth-century Scotland (William T. Stearn Prize 2014)” by Matthew Holmes. Published in Archives of Natural History 42.1
For more information see the SHNH pages on the EUP website.
Archives of natural history is the main way in which the Society fulfils its objectives and publishes papers in all areas of interest to the Society and its members. It provides an avenue for the publication of papers on the history and bibliography of natural history in its broadest sense, and in all periods and all cultures. This includes botany, geology, palaeontology and zoology, the lives of naturalists, their publications, correspondence and collections, and the institutions and societies to which they belong. Bibliographical papers concerned with the study of rare books, manuscripts and illustrative material, and analytical and enumerative bibliographies are also published.
The current issue is Volume 43, no. 1. (2016). A cumulative index is available of the contents for the Journal of the Society for the Bibliography of Natural History and Archives of natural history, volumes 1- 38.
Subscriptions to Archives of natural history are welcomed from libraries and institutions. Back issues of the journals are available.
Honorary Editor: Professor Peter Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Associate Editors: Dr E. Charles Nelson; Dr Peter Barnard
Book Reviews Editor: Felicity Roberts (email@example.com)
Postal address: Society for the History of Natural History, c/o Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD, UK.
All papers submitted must be original and will be subject to peer review before acceptance for publication. The names of two suggested referees should be added to the submission. The peer-review process for Archives of natural history is explained here.
The Honorary Editor can advise authors about the suitability and format of papers. Papers must be submitted via email to the editor using the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. Detailed instructions on preparing a paper for email submission an be downloaded in PDF format here – Instructions for authors.
Any paper that does not follow the style and format required for Archives of natural history, as detailed in these instructions for authors may be returned to the author(s) for modification before being considered for possible publication. Authors who are not current members of the SHNH may be charged a page-fee for papers exceeding 6,000 words in length.
Archives of natural history online
Volumes 1 – 43 published since 1936 are now available online free of charge to members of the Society who have renewed their subscription for 2016. Individuals who are not members of the Society may access the back issues on payment of an access fee.