Leading history of science journal Isis comes to the Netherlands

Isis, the world’s leading journal in the field of history of science, is relocating from North America to The Netherlands. H. Floris Cohen, professor in Comparative History of Science and chairman of the Descartes Centre (Utrecht University) will run the journal’s editorial office from mid-2014 to mid-2019. The Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands (an institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences) in The Hague and Museum Boerhaave in Leyden have contributed to making the move financially possible. Both institutions provide a book review editor. The move enables the Dutch triad of the Descartes Centre – Huygens ING – Museum Boerhaave to present itself as a hub for the international history of science.

Isis is the oldest (and most widely circulating) English-language journal in the field. Currently published by the University of Chicago Press, Isis was founded by the Belgian historian of science George Sarton (University of Ghent) in 1912. During the First World War he took the journal with him to the United States, where Isis became the official journal of the History of Science Society (HSS). Isis appears four times a year, and has featured, since its inception, scholarly articles, research notes and commentary on the history of science, medicine and technology, and their cultural influences. Review essays and book reviews on new publications in the field also constitute a prominent element of the journal. The new book review editors are Dr Eric Jorink, researcher at the Huygens ING and recently appointed to the Teyler’s Foundation professorial chair at Leyden University, and Dr Ad Maas, curator at Museum Boerhaave.

Besides Utrecht University, Huygens ING and Museum Boerhaave, the private foundation AMMODO has also contributed to making Isis’ move to the Netherlands financially possible.