• Editor: Willard McCarty, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London; School of Humanities and Communication Arts, University of Western Sydney [X]
  • Book Reviews Editor: Paul Bohan Broderick [X]
  • Communications Editor: Julianne Nyhan, University College London [X]
  • Consulting Editor: Howard Cattermole (Editor, ISR, 2002-2008) [X]
  • Editorial Board [X]
  • Publisher: Maney Publishing [X], on behalf of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, London [X]

  • Current issue, 40.2 (June 2015). Open issue. [X]
  • Forthcoming issues [X].

  • Books available for & currently in review [TBA]

  • ISR blog [X]

About ISR

ISR is a quarterly journal that seeks to interrelate contemporary and historical developments in the sciences and technology to the humanities and arts. It looks for contributions that measure up to the highest excellence in scholarship but that also speak to an audience of intelligent non-specialists. It actively explores the differing trajectories of the disciplines and practices in its purview, to clarify what each is attempting to do in its own terms, so that constructive dialogue across them is strengthened. It focuses whenever possible on conceptual bridge-building and collaborative research that nevertheless respect disciplinary variation.

ISR achieves its coherence as a journal by publishing articles which address in some combination the strategies, realities, pitfalls, ambitions and consequences of interdisciplinary research. No discipline or combination of disciplines, whether pursued collaboratively or individually, is excluded in principle but only articles that explicitly engage with the question of interdisciplinarity are accepted. The literature on interdisciplinarity is vast but so little of it helpful that contributors to ISR have a good chance of making a difference simply by critical discussion of their attempts.

For a representative issue (with content freely available online) see ISR 33.4, "Neuroscience: the humanities and arts" [X]. Note that the publisher's site provides access for subscribers to an online repository of all back issues.

Content, submission and review

ISR publishes chiefly themed issues put together by a guest editor. One issue per year is open to unsolicited submissions. Ideas for both are most welcome providing they fit within the aims of the journal. Note that the next available full issue is in 2016. Anyone wishing to submit an article should first communicate with the Editor, sending along an abstract or other brief description. Competence in written English at the level of a native speaker is required.

All submissions are peer-reviewed in the usual double-blind manner. Individuals wishing to review articles should contact the Editor.


The audience of ISR includes readers from all disciplines in the sciences, humanities and arts. Since styles of reasoning and argument as well as rhetoric vary widely across the disciplines, an author is expected to be rather more explicit concerning the conventions and assumptions of his or her own than is normally the case for a more specialised journal. Often it is necessary to say both what is and what is not being attempted. Since the objective is to communicate rather than to proclaim, authors need to take into consideration readers' tacit expectations and apprehensions as well as likely familiarity with the particular subject of the article. The Editor is happy to advise.

Ideally a paper for ISR is one that both meets the approval of specialists in the author's field(s) and challenges non-specialist readers in such a way as to stimulate their curiosity and desire to learn. Two examples should suffice: first, the approach taken by John von Neumann and Oskar Morgenstern in Theory of Games and Economic Behavior (1953), explained in their prefatory "Technical Note" [X]; second, Ian Hacking's way of doing philosophy, on which he comments in "The Complacent Disciplinarian" [X].

Style and illustrations

ISR's bibliographic style follows a particular variant of the Chicago author-date format, with a list of works cited, in alphabetical order by author, at the end. Illustrations require particular care. See the publisher's Notes for contributors for details [X].


Enquiries are welcome, to the Editor, whose contact details are on his website, as above. Note that all enquiries will be promptly acknowledged. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within 24 hours please resend.


For all matters relating to subscription, see the publisher's site, as above.

Rev 19/8/15