Information for Authors


1. Manuscripts (one original) should be submitted to the Editor of Isis, 304 Bethune College, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, ONT, Canada, M3J 1P3. An electronic copy must also be submitted, as a Word document or equivalent (no PDFs please), either as an email attachment sent to or on a CD included with the hard copy. If you send the electronic copy by email, please make it clear that you have sent hard copy as well. Please include an abstract of approximately 150 words. Contributors are advised to retain a copy for reference.

2. Manuscripts should be typewritten or processed on a letter-quality printer and double-spaced throughout, including quotations and notes, on paper of standard size and weight. Margins should be wider than usual to allow space for instructions to the typesetter. The right-hand margin should be left ragged (not justified) to maintain even spacing and readability.

3. Isis normally uses double-blind refereeing; authors should therefore identify themselves only on a detachable cover sheet.

4. Bibliographic information should be given in endnotes , typed separately from the main body of the manuscript, double-spaced, numbered consecutively throughout the article, and keyed to reference numbers typed above the line in the text.

a. References to books should include author's full name; complete title of the book, underlined (italics); place of publication and publisher's name for books published after 1900; date of publication, including the original date when a reprint is being cited; page numbers cited. Example:

Joseph Needham, Science and Civilisation in China, 5 vols., Vol. I: Introductory Orientations (Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press, 1954), p. 7.

b. References to articles in periodicals should include author's name; title of article, in quotes; title of periodical, underlined; year; volume number, Arabic and underlined; number of issue if pagination requires it; page numbers of article; number of particular page cited. Journal titles are spelled out in full on first citation and abbreviated subsequently. Example:

John C. Greene, "Reflections on the Progress of Darwin Studies," Journal of the History of Biology, 1975, 8:243-273, on p. 270; Dov Ospovat, "God and Natural Selection: The Darwinian Idea of Design," J. His. Biol., 1980, 13:169-174, on p. 171.

c. Succeeding citations of books and periodicals should use an abbreviated version of the title with the author's last name. Example: Greene, "Reflections," p. 250.

5. Please mark clearly for the typesetter all unusual alphabets, special characters, mathematics, and chemical formulae, and include all diacritical marks.

6. A small number of figures may be used to illustrate an article. Line drawings should be directly reproducible; glossy prints should be furnished for all halftone illustrations.

7.  The length of Isis articles varies.  However the average length is about 10,500 words, including notes.  The maximum length is 15,000 words, including notes. Letters to the editor should be restricted to 500 words in length.

8. Manuscripts should be submitted to Isis with the understanding that upon publication copyright will be transferred to the History of Science Society. That understanding precludes Isis from considering material that has been submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere.

9. Authors are permitted to post an electronic version of their manuscript to a personal or institutional website after it has appeared in print in Isis, under the following conditions: the site is non-commercial and appropriate credit is given to the journal. Authors also have the non-exclusive right of republication of their paper, in whole or in part, in any book for which they are an author or an editor, provided that they give credit to the journal.