Publications

Keith Thomson, Executive Officer
Mary C. McDonald, Editor
Samantha Andreacchi, Associate Editor


From the time of the first publication in 1771, the American Philosophical Society has held firm to Benjamin Franklin’s goal to promote useful knowledge. Our monograph and journal publications comprise works in all fields of study. The first printing of the Transactions of the American Philosophical Society included papers on the Transit of Venus and the Gulf Stream. Today, the Transactions is a highly respected series of monographs, five of which currently are published each year. Recent titles:

104/1—B. David Stollar, Out of Nazi Germany in Time, a Gift to American Science: Gerhard Schmidt, Biochemist
104/2 –Barbara E. Lacey, The Illustrated Imprints of Isaiah Thomas
104/3 –Isabelle Pingree and John M. Steele (Eds.), Pathways into the Study of Ancient Sciences: Selected Essays by David Pingree
104/4 – Jack Campisi and William A. Starna (Eds.), A Quaker’s Tour of the Colonial Northeast and Canada: The 1773 Travel Journals of Jabez Maud Fisher of Philadelphia
104/5 – Gerrit Bos, Michael McVaugh, and Joseph Shatzmiller, Transmitting A Text Through Three Languages: The Future History of Galen's Peri Anomalou Dyskrasias
103/1—Anthony M. Cummings, Nino Pirrotta: An Intellectual Biography (2013 J. F. Lewis Award winner)
103/2 – Jole Shackelford, Northern Light and Northern Times: Swedish Leadership in the Foundation of Biological Rhythms Research
103/3 – Marshall Becker and Jonathan C. Lainey, The White Dog Sacrifice: A Modern Rite with a Positive Ritual Use for Wampum
103/4 – James F. O’Gorman, Some Architects’ Portraits in Nineteenth-Century America: Picturing the Evolving Professional
103/5 – Arthur Marks, A Capital Problem: The Attic Order and the Greek Revival in America

A second series of monographs was started in 1937 with the first volume of the Memoirs of the American Philosophical Society. These books also are monographs of various lengths in many scholarly disciplines. Our latest publications:

265 – Harvey M. Bricker and Victoria R. Bricker, Astronomy in the Maya Codices
266 – Neil Rudenstine, The House of Barnes: The Man, The Collection, The Controversy
267 – Sue Ann Prince (ed.), Of Elephants & Roses: French Natural History, 1790-1830
268 – Michael G. Brennan, Noel J. Kinnamon, Margaret P. Hannay, The Letters (1595-1609) of Rowland Whyte
269 – Edward J. Olszewski, Parmigianno’s Madonna of the Long Neck: A Grace Beyond the Reach of Art

The Society also publishes a quarterly journal, the Proceedings. The first volume of the Proceedings appeared in 1838. Articles in the journal include papers read at the Society's biannual meetings, independent essays sent to the APS by outside scholars, and biographical memoirs of Society members. Recent issues are available online on the APS website.

Our print-on-demand Lightning Rod Press series started in 2008. Volume 6 in the series, Climate Crises in Human History, edited by A. Bruce Mainwaring, Robert Giegengack, and Claudio Vita-Finzi, considers the response of selected cultures to climate events that have been documented from the archaeological and geological records, and serves as a corrective to dogmatic claims about the future of climate and of mankind. The newest title in the series (Volume 8) is North by Degree: Arctic Exploration and Its Impact on Society, by Susan A. Kaplan and Robert McCracken Peck (editors).

A new series, Biographical Memoirs of Members of the American Philosophical Society, started in 2010 with the reprinting of selected memoirs of Members in a specific field. The memoirs originally appeared in the APS Yearbook and the Proceedings. Book 1 is Biographical Memoirs of Members of the American Philosophical Society: Classics and Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology. Book 2 is Biographical Memoirs of Members of the American Philosophical Society: Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Chemical Engineering. Book 3 is a three-volume series on Biographical Memoirs of Members of the American Philosophical Society: Physicians. Volume I covers Members elected 1787–1935; Volume II covers Members elected 1935–1961; Volume III covers Members elected after 1961. Volumes I and II are in print; Volume III is printing in 2015.

The APS Yearbook includes a listing of resident and international members, the President's Annual Message, the Report of the Executive Officer, and reports from each of the the departments of the American Philosophical Society. It is not available for sale to the public; it is available only to the Members of the American Philosophical Society on the Members Only website.

Previous volumes of our Transactions and Proceedings are available to scholars through JSTOR, an online library archive (www.jstor.org). We are a part of the Arts and Sciences Complement IV group. Volumes are archived with a three- to four-year window; currently titles through 2011 are available on the JSTOR site. Also, several of our more-popular Transactions and Memoirs titles that are out of print are available for on-demand printing. Requests can be made to our fulfillment service, Diane Publishing (orders [at] dianepublishing [dot] net).

Manuscripts may be sent to the Publications Department for review and discussion by the Committee on Publications. The Committee meets three times a year, in February, June, and October. All manuscripts are reviewed by at least two qualified scholars. See the APS stylesheet for further information.

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