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 Studia Historiae Scientiarum


ISSN: 2451-3202  (the printed version)
ISSN: 2543-702X
  (the electronic version)


Prace Komisji Historii Nauki PAU  (Proceedings of the PAU Commission on the History of Science)



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 First peer-reviewed, open access journal in Poland devoted to the history of science

Frequency of publication, the history and future of the journal

The journal has been published annually since 1999. It had been published in a printed (paper) form until 2012 and since 2013 it has been published in an electronic form and in print (paper).


Until 2015 the journal has been published under the name Prace Komisji Historii Nauki PAU (in print – ISSN: 1731-6715 and, since 2013, an electronic form – ISSN: 2392-1749).


The historical predecessor of this journal were Prace Komisji Medycyny i Nauk Matematyczno-Przyrodniczych Polskiej Akademii Umiejętności (Proceedings of the Commission of the History of Medicine and Mathematical and Natural Sciences of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences), which were irregularly published in 1939 (vol. 1), 1949 (vols. 2, 3.1, 3.2), 1950 (vol. 3.3), 1952 (vols 4.1, 4.2) and 1953 (vol. 4.3) [published after the activity of the Academy had been suspended].


Following the decision of the Department of Science of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland, reference number SJN.5040.89.2016 of May 20, 2016, "The Proceedings of the PAU Commission on the History of Science" has ultimately received 9 points, instead of 8 points originally granted on December 23, 2015 ― cf. Część B Wykazu Czasopism (Part B of the List of Journals), no. 1283.

Under the court decision dated July 4, 2016, the name of the journal was changed to: Studia Historiae Scientiarum.

The journal under a new name will retain scores awarded the journal under the old name ― see: the mail correspondence (in Polish) on this issue with the Ministry of Science and Higher Education from 5-7 January 2016 (pdf).

Versions of the journal

The journal is available electronically and in print (ISSN: 2451-3202).


It is issued under non-exclusive Creative Commons licence (BY-NC-ND 3.0) – cf. bookmark: Copyright and fair use.


Since 2013 the electronic version of the journal, available online, has become the official source to be used for reference


Since 2017 individual texts of the journal will appear on the new website
in the so-called online mode, that is immediately after reviewing and editing is completed.
The final numbering of all texts will be introduced at the end of each year and only then the final version of the yearbook will be published on both the old and the new webpage.


The printed version can be ordered from Dział Wydawnictw Polskiej Akademii Umiejętności (Division of Publications of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences) (31-016 Kraków ul. Slawkowska 17; Phone +48 12 424 02 12; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


(Both versions of the journal contain an identical list and the contents of scientific articles.)


The scope of the journal


The publications of the journal concern the following:

(a) general history of science and its relationships with other domains of culture (philosophy, religion, art and technology) and other meta-sciences (philosophy of science, sociology of the scientific knowledge, scientometrics etc.);
(b) history of specific disciplines (scientific theories, world views, scholars and scientific institutions);
(c) history of scientific institutions researching the history of science;
(d) methodology and teaching of the history of science.


Particular importance is placed on:

(a) the Polish contribution to science;
(b) mutual interactions of the Polish science and the foreign science;
(c) international collaboration regarding the history of science;
(d) open science regarding the history of science (including digital libraries) both on a national and international level;
(e) critical appraisal of bibliometrics in the light of the history of science.



The sections of the journal


(a) Editorial

(b) Research papers and brief communications or research notes (on sources, conceptual or surveys) concerning:

(b.1) Origins, contents and the reception of scientific “products”, e.g. theories or scientific instruments

(b.2) Scholars and institutions

(b.3) Tools and techniques for research in the history of science

(b.4) Teaching the history of science

(c) Presentations and reviews

(d) Discussions and polemics

(e) News and conference reports

(f) Varia (among others: interviews, recollections, translations, reprints)

(g) Letters to the Editor

(h) Report on the activity of the PAU Commission on the History of Science

(i) In memoriam.



A brief communication or a research note is a short research article intended to present, in a synthetic way, an important issue. Brief Communications  or research notes are limited to 2,000 words, including bibliography, and to 6 pages, including illustrations.


The language of the publications


Until 2014 Polish had been the language of the publication. Additionally, since 2010, abstracts of the articles have been published in English. Since 2015, Polish and the so-called congress languages are fully eligible languages of the publications (English preferred). Since 2016, Polish and English are fully eligible languages of the publications (other languages are permissible in exceptional and duly justified cases).


© Michał Kokowski, Prace Komisji Historii Nauki PAU