• 2020 Isis Current Bibliography

    A PDF of the 2020 Isis Current Bibliography can be downloaded at the Isis journal website here. This year it contains over 4800 classified entries, the largest number of entries […]

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  • Pandemics in South East Asia

    The first bibliographical essay in our Pandemics series has arrived: Vivek Neelakantan’s very interesting “History of Pandemics in Southeast Asia: A Return of National Anxieties? “ and his bibliography. The […]

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  • Race and Science Word Cloud

    Today I was able to complete a small visualization that I’ve been working on in conjunction with the Race and the History of Science project announced in my June 9 […]

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  • The Timeline for IsisCB Explore

    This week we made public a new timeline feature for IsisCB Explore. The timeline is currently visible only on the authority record layouts. Below I’ll explain how to find these […]

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  • Dissertations in the IsisCB…and what they say about our history

    Recently, I have been analyzing the dissertation data in the IsisCB, looking for information that might help us understand the history of our discipline. The dissertation records have a lot of […]

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Pandemics Issue Receives $10,000 Award

The editors of the IsisCB Special Issue on Pandemics, Stephen Weldon and Neeraja Sankaran, have received a $10,000 award from the University of Oklahoma’s Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts seed grant program. The grant will help us complete the labor intensive work of entering citation data and editing articles written for a new-format research tool: “a narrated repository of bibliographical […]

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2020 Isis Current Bibliography

A PDF of the 2020 Isis Current Bibliography can be downloaded at the Isis journal website here. This year it contains over 4800 classified entries, the largest number of entries ever compiled for an annual bibliography. This was in large part due to our ability to collaborate so well with others. Among the contributing editors that you see listed on […]

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Digital Scholarship Survey (UPDATES…)

This past month, I have been doing more analysis of the survey. I am reporting on that analysis in the Spring HSS Newsletter (which is in publication as I write this). I’m now updating this short post from last year to highlight a few new files that I have created: The Google Drive folder where you can find the public […]

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Pandemics in South East Asia

The first bibliographical essay in our Pandemics series has arrived: Vivek Neelakantan’s very interesting “History of Pandemics in Southeast Asia: A Return of National Anxieties? “ and his bibliography. The article pioneers our experimental “early release and open review” process that allows us to post the first version of Neelakantan’s article and bibliography while it is being reviewed. You can […]

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Race and Science Word Cloud

Today I was able to complete a small visualization that I’ve been working on in conjunction with the Race and the History of Science project announced in my June 9 post. I went through a list of keywords on this topic and found the most relevant ones. I then created a word cloud, which you can see in full below. […]

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Race and Racism in the History of Science

Scholarship, I believe, must be founded on the fundamental value of the equality of all human beings. It cannot operate honestly unless its practitioners embrace that basic ideal. As the current custodian of the IsisCB, I feel an obligation to defend this value and to reckon with its implications for my work and the scholarship it serves. The wave of […]

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Bibliographical Essays

Those of you who do not get the annual Isis Current Bibliography may not have seen the bibliographical essays that I am now publishing. This past year, in the 2019 Current Bibliography, I published the second of these essays, a piece by the historian of archaeoastronomy Luís Tirapicos. The first of these pieces was published the year before in the […]

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2019 Isis Current Bibliography

The 2019 issue of the Isis Current Bibliography is available at https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/isis/2019/110/S1. The bibliographical essay on archeaoastronomy is by one of our Contributing Editors, Luís Tirapicos. You can find his essay also at https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/pdfplus/10.1086/707594. In addition to this essay and the 2019 Bibliography, there is a letter to the editor by Marco Beretta contesting some of the claims by Francesco […]

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2018 Isis Current Bibliography

The new 2018 issue of the Isis Current Bibliography is now available. You can find it here: https://www.journals.uchicago.edu/toc/isis/2018/109/S1. This year the format has been changed to make room for a bibliographical essay. Francesco Luzzini, one of the IsisCB Contributing Editors, has written this inaugural piece on Italian language bibliography; be sure to read this interesting study, “Bibliographical Distortions, Distortive Habits” […]

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Survey on Digital Scholarship

If you are a scholar, teacher, librarian, curator, or other interested researcher working in history of science, we would like your opinions on a survey about digital scholarship in history of science. I especially encourage people who are not affiliated with the History of Science Society and scholars and others from outside of North America. The goal is to understand […]

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