Almagest: New Scope, Format, and Editorial Board Call for Contributions

The scope, format, and editorial board of Almagest will change from January 2025 onwards.

The journal Almagest is in transition. From an International Journal for the History of Scientific Ideas it is turning into a Transnational Journal for the History of Technoscience. The shift signifies that the journal will place a new emphasis on the rich histories of not just scientific ideas but also of experiments, people, objects, images, devices, instruments, and epistemic ‘things’ as they cross multiple national and/or institutional boundaries. This change is intended to reflect a prolific disciplinary (dis)order, in which science is seen as deeply entangled with technology, diplomacy as strongly related to science, and knowledge as inherently political.

Call for Contributions

Almagest invites high-quality contributions from scholars around the globe who bring fresh perspectives to the history of technoscience. The journal is not constrained by focus on any particular time or place. In addition to individual articles and book reviews, Almagest comprises three different sections:

1. A ‘Plog’ — a neologism that stands for Printed blog, a short text written in an accessible, conversational style like a blog and prepared for a website or a digital medium. This section is meant to communicate histories of science and technology in a way that can connect academics with wider audiences outside our ivory towers.

2. A picture is worth a thousand words. This section invites papers of c. 1,000 words that briefly analyze an image related to science and/or technology. The rationale here is that images are not only historical sources of important value as ‘texts’, but that they also open-up further research questions and unearth stories.

3. Alma-g(u)est. Oral history has a strong methodological value, and this section reiterates its importance in writing the history of technoscience. For this section, Almagest invites short, edited interviews with key actors in the field, as well as historical case studies.

Please take this editorial transition into account when considering to submit a contribution to Almagest.


Maria Rentetzi
Efthymios Nicolaïdis

Book review editors
Loukas Freris
Kapil Patil 
Dannae Karydaki

Plog editor 
Roque Manuel Jimenez Sumalave

Interviews editor
Spyros Petrounakos

Editorial Board
Saltuk Duran, Istanbul Technical University
Silvia Fernanda de Mendonça Figueirôa, Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) 
Cathérine Jami, L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales
Alexandre Kostov, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences 
Derek Kramer, University of Sheffield
Deepak Kumar, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India
Ana Maria Millán Gasca, University Roma TRE
Jaume Navaro, University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
María Jesús Santesmases Navarro de Palencia, Centre for Human and Social Sciences (CCHS) of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC)
Sergey Shalimov, Russia
Yunli Shi, University of Science and Technology of China
Luiz Carlos Soares, Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF)
Kostas Tampakis, National Hellenic Research Foundation
Brigitte van Tieggelen, Science History Institute

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