Scientia Canadensis Canadian Journal of the History of Science, Technology and Medicine Revue canadienne d'histoire des sciences, des techniques et de la médecine

Editor(s): Mahdi Khelfaoui (Editor)

Journal preceded by HSTC Bulletin: Journal of the History of Canadian Science, Technology and Medecine



Scientia Canadensis is the only peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the history of science, technology, and medicine in Canada. Published by the Canadian Science and Technology Historical Association (CSTHA/AHSTC), the journal was first published in 1976 as HSTC Bulletin. In 1984, it was renamed Scientia Canadensis and has since published more than 35 volumes with contributions from Canada’s leading scholars in the Canadian history of science and technology. The journal has also published special issues on such topics as energy and society, consumer technologies, circumpolar science, and natural history. In addition to peer-reviewed scholarship, Scientia Canadensis also publishes research notes, book reviews, bibliographies, and other contributions in English and French. With volume 38, number 1, Scientia ceased being a print journal and is now entirely published in a digital format.

Scientia Canadensis is indexed in:

  • America: History and Life
  • Historical Abstracts
  • History of Science, Technology and Medicine Database


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Open access

The current issues and the journal’s archives are offered in open access.

Back issues (51 issues)

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Please note that it is possible to add articles to the most recently published issue at anytime during the publication year.

Editorial policy and ethics

Guidelines for Authors

Scientia Canadensis is a peer-reviewed journal and invites submissions of original articles on the history of Canadian science, technology, and medicine. Please submit articles as Microsoft Word files via email to managing editor William Knight, Article manuscripts should not be currently under evaluation for publication by another journal.

Manuscripts articles may be written in English or French, and should not exceed 8,000 words. Please consult with the editor regarding word-limits for other types of content such as research notes, forums or roundtables. All manuscripts should contain the following elements:

  • Title
  • Author name(s)
  • Author email address(es)
  • Abstract of no more than 100 words.
  • Keywords (5) that broadly identify the article’s subject matter and approach
  • Author bio appended to the end of the article

Please use Times Roman 12-point text and double-space the text using a page set to Word’s “normal” margins. Graphics, tables, and figures are welcome: please note their recommended position in the body of the text (e.g. “Insert figure 1 here”), but please do not insert images into the manuscript. Save and attach all images as separate files. Images may be saved as JPG files. Line drawings or other vector-type images should be saved and submitted as EPS files. Please do not submit images in or as a saved Word file.

References should be formatted as consecutively numbered endnotes. Endnotes must be complete and uniform according to the Chicago Manual of Style. Book: Henry M. Tory, ed., A History of Science in Canada (Toronto: Ryerson, 1939), 5. Book chapter: Trevor Levere, “What is Canadian about Science in Canadian History?” in Science, Technology, and Canadian History, eds. R.A. Jarrell and N.R. Ball (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier Press, 1980), 14-22. Journal Article: Raymond Duchesne, “Historiographie des sciences et des techniques au Canada,” Revue d’histoire de l’Amérique française 35, 2 (1981): 193-215. Subsequent reference: Tory, 3. Using two or more works by the same author: Tory, A History of Science, 3. If the reference remains the same but the page changes: Ibid., 4.

Editorial board

Editor: Mahdi Khelfaoui, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières


Managing Editor: William Knight, Ingenium: Canada's Museums of Science and Innovation


French Book Review Editor: Raphaël Pelletier, Université du Québec à Montréal


English Book Review Editor: Courtney Mrazek, Saint Mary's University