Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

HSSA publishes high-quality academic research in the history of science, with a focus on South Asia.

We take “South Asia” as an inclusive, non-political, socio-geographic term referring to the area from Afghanistan to Sri Lanka, from Pakistan to Bangladesh, and of course India. Research on the influences of South Asian cultures beyond these borders is also welcome, for example Nepalese or Tibetan influences on China, Sri Lankan influences on the Maldives, or Indian influences in South-East Asia.

We take “science” to be broadly conceived, and to include all forms of rigorous intellectual activity that adopt at least to some extent a quantitative and empirical approach, as in the German “Die Wissenschaft,” that covers most forms of academic scholarship. Theoretical discussions of the meaning of “science” in the South Asian context are welcome. They should presuppose some familiarity with topics such as those raised in sources like Grant, A History of Natural Philosophy (2007), Latour, Laboratory Life (1979), Staal, Concepts of Science in Europe and Asia (1993, PDF), Shapin, “Science and the Modern World” (2007, PDF), Netz, The Shaping of Deduction (2003, PDF of review by Latour), Pollock, “The Languages of Science in Early-Modern India” (in Forms of Knowledge in Early Modern Asia, 2011), and similar reflective works that explore Global History, the interpretation of Modernities, and the general meaning of science in the pre-modern world.

Factual articles reporting discoveries, or interpretative revisions, are also welcome, as are editions and translations of science texts in the languages South Asia.

 

Section Policies

Editorial

Editors
  • Kim Plofker
  • Dhruv Raina
  • Sreeramula Sarma
  • Fabrizio Speziale
  • Michio Yano
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Articles

Editors
  • Dominik Wujastyk
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Book reviews

Editors
  • Dominik Wujastyk
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Announcements

Editors
  • Kim Plofker
  • Dhruv Raina
  • Sreeramula Sarma
  • Fabrizio Speziale
  • Michio Yano
Unchecked Open Submissions Unchecked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Articles submitted to HSSA are anonymized and sent to external peer-reviewers.

At the editors' discretion, submissions may be internally peer-reviewed by the editorial board.

Book reviews are peer-reviewed by members of the editorial board.

External reviewers are chosen from internationally-renowned scholars with minimum university qualification to the PhD level in a subject related to the history of science and/or South Asian studies, and a record of publication in their own right.

 

Publication Frequency

Individual submissions go through peer-review.  Accepted papers are copy-edited, typeset and published as soon as they are ready, being added to the "current" volume's Table of Contents.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public is the most effective way to support the growth of knowledge.

Here is a short presentation of these benefits:

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...

 

Article Processing Fees

This journal does not charge authors an APC or any other submission fee.  This policy will be reviewed periodically.