The Indian Journal of History of Science (IJHS) was started in 1966 primarily with the intention of promoting research on various aspects of ancient, medieval and modern science from a variety of historical perspectives. It has been brought out uninterruptedly over more than five decades since its inception, under the guidance of Indian National Commission for History of Science set up by the Indian National Science Academy (INSA). For a couple of decades in the initial stages it was published biannually. However, as the field of history of science started gradually gaining ground in India, a lot of interest got developed among the academicians pursuing their research in a wide range of disciplines. Consequently, submissions to the journal also started increasing as this was primarily the forum through which scientists, historians, sociologists, and philosophers could exchange ideas on the evolution, nature and methodology of scientific concepts and technological advances that took place in India over several centuries.
With a substantial increase in the inflow of articles, the journal was made quarterly in the year 1984 and since then, is being published in March, June, September, December every year. Besides publishing peer-reviewed research articles, the journal also publishes reports of workshops, conferences, etc. held in various parts of the country pertaining to the history of science, as well as the projects sanctioned by the National Commission under the History of Science Program of INSA. Furthermore, it also publishes book reviews, unpublished manuscripts that deal with the history and evolution of science in India (as supplements) and important news articles of relevant interest.
- K Ramasubramanian
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