The topic of each issue of BJHS Themes will be chosen through an annual competition. The deadline for proposals for the next volume of BJHS Themes is 15 July 2017. The selection of the winning proposal is the responsibility of the BJHS Themes Editor, whose decision is final.

The BJHS Themes Editor will then work with the chosen Special Editors to ensure the timely submission, peer review, revision, and (with Cambridge University Press) copy-editing and publication of the BJHS Themes issue. The successful proposal for BJHS Themes (2019) will be selected by August 2017. Successful and unsuccessful applicants will be immediately informed.

Preferred structure of proposals

A proposal should take the following form:

  1. Title
  2. Outline. What is the theme that will be addressed? Describe briefly how the theme was chosen (eg building from a successful conference, etc.)
  3. Pitch. Justify the choice of theme in terms of focus (scope and depth), originality (how will the collection be different from past scholarship), timeliness (why should this collection be published now?), and breadth of readership (who will want to read this collection? In addition, are there advantages to this particular collection being available through open access?)
  4. Special Editor(s). Give brief (50-100 word) biographies of the proposed special editor(s).
  5. Table of contents. List the proposed paper titles and authors.
  6. Author biographies. Give short (50-100 word) author biographies.
  7. Article abstracts. Short (50-100 word) abstracts, summarising the individual contributions and relation to theme, should be provided for each paper.
  8. Status of papers. Please indicate what stage each paper is at: unwritten, early draft, late draft.

Production Cycle

The Special Editors will co-ordinate the collection and submission of drafts of individual papers to the BJHS ThemesEditor by 1 March, 2018.

The BJHS Themes Editor will ensure that peer review comments are commissioned, delivered and fed back to Special Editors by 1 September, 2018.

The Special Editors will co-ordinate the collection and submission of final drafts to the BJHS Themes Editor by 1 November, 2018.

The BJHS Themes Editor will work with Cambridge University Press to produce and deliver copy-edited proofs of papers during December, 2018.

Cambridge University Press will produce the issue of BJHS Themes (2019).

The expected publication date of BJHS Themes (2019) is 1 February, 2019.


Contributions should be sent to the BJHS Themes Editor, Dr Simon Werrett, Department of Science and Technology Studies, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT, email [email protected]They are considered on the understanding that the contributions proposed are unpublished and are not on offer to another journal or as an edited volume with another publisher. Contributions should be submitted in electronic form as an email attachment, in MS Word format.

Additional Information for Proposers

In all matters concerning the publication of a paper, the BJHS Themes Editor’s decision is final. The BJHS Themes Editor and Council of the Society cannot accept responsibility for any views expressed by contributors in articles published by the Journal.

Copyright and Open Access

All BJHS Themes papers are published open access under Creative Commons licences. The version of the Creative Commons licence used for publication is the choice of the author, from a selection of three: CC-BY, CC-BY-NC-SA or CC-BY-NC-ND. All articles, without exception, will be made available for free online from the point of publication, but authors whose research grant includes an explicit APC contribution to publication will be expected to use such resources in support of publication.

For a detailed description of this policy please visit the Open Access pages here.