• Journals


        At present, four periodicals are edited at the IHNS: Studies in the History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Annals of History of Science and Technology (CAHST), The Chinese Journal for the History of Science and Technology, and Science & Culture Review. The first two are the only journals dedicated to the history of S&T in mainland China. in the History of Natural Sciences(quarterly), formerly known as the Collected Articles in the History of Science, started publication by the Research Department on History of Natural Sciences, CAS in 1958. It had to be stopped in 1966 because of the Cultural Revolution, and restarted in 1981. In 1982, it was renamed Studies in the History of Natural Sciences. Its present editor-in-chief is Prof. HAN Qi. It is the only comprehensive periodical in China on the history of S&T. Containing the latest research in the form of articles, discussions, book reviews and academic announcements, it has broad impact on the community of history of S&T, archeology and other related fields. In 1999, in order to promote internationalization, this periodical, for the first time, brought on board international consultants and formed an editorial board with members from other countries, accepting contributions in both Chinese and English, and encouraging multi-disciplinary studies from different perspectives.


Chinese Annals of History of Science and Technology (CAHST) is a peer reviewed bi-annual journal published in English, which was co-founded by the IHNS, CAS, and the Science Press in Beijing in 2017.  It is China’s first English academic journal on the history of science and technology with a mission to offer a broad platform for the exchange of research results between Chinese and non-Chinese speaking historians. Its co-editors-in-chief are Prof. Zhang Baichun (IHNS, CAS) and Prof. Jürgen Renn (Max Planck Institute for the History of Science). CAHST encourages studies with different perspectives and approaches, especially interdisciplinary research and cross-cultural and transnational studies on the history of science and knowledge, including issues of dissemination and transformation that go beyond the Chinese tradition. CAHST publishes longer research papers and reviews, but also specific studies on original documents and archaeological findings. Book reviews, review essays on previous research, and ongoing discussions and controversies on historiography or methodology are also welcomed. Chinese Journal for the History of Science and Technology (quarterly), formerly known as Historical Materials on History of Chinese Science and Technology,  began publication in 1980, backed by the China Association for Science and Technology, and edited by the IHNS. Since 1995, it has been backed jointly by the Chinese Society for the History of Science and Technology and the IHNS. Its present editor-in-chief is Prof. LIAO Yuqun. This journal is the only periodical in China dedicated to studying the history of Chinese S&T in both pre-modern and modern China, laying equal stress on both academic excellence and the introduction of new sources. It also contains occasional articles on issues concerning the history of science in other countries that are closely related to China. & Culture Review (bimonthly) was started by the IHNS and the Bureau of Planning and Strategy of CAS in 2004. Its present editors-in-chief are LIU Dun, and PAN Jiaofeng. It is dedicated to promoting research on the interaction between S&T and culture, enhancing communication between the natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities, and thus to advance coordinated development between science and human society. Acting as a bridge between science and the humanities, Science & Culture Review is positioned as an interdisciplinary comprehensive academic periodical, featuring articles, commentary and reviews on related subjects. The target readership is not limited to scholars specialized in history, philosophy and sociology of science, S&T policy, etc., but also other intellectuals, scientists, artists, and science and technology administrators.