Centaurus. Journal of the European Society for the History of Science is an international English language journal and the official journal of the European Society for the History of Science. From 2022, Centaurus will be published in Diamond Open Access at no cost to the authors or readers through a partnership between the ESHS and Brepols. The sustained success of our Open Access initiative will depend crucially on the support of libraries and other institutions via the Subscribe-to-Open publishing model. We invite you to discover more about and participate in this innovative publishing model on the Centaurus website.

Centaurus has been developed in continuity with the journal Centaurus. An International Journal of the History of Science and its Cultural Aspects, published by Wiley until 2021, and will have the same editorial team, scope, and principles. Centaurus will continue to help fulfill the ESHS’s aim to promote European cooperation in the field of the History of Science understood in the broadest sense

Aims and Scope

Centaurus publishes original research papers, historiographical articles, and other academic work on the history of science broadly conceived, including mathematics, physical sciences, life sciences, earth sciences, social sciences, humanities, medicine and technology, and their social and cultural aspects. We also invite contributions that establish connections between history of science and other disciplines. Book notices, book reviews and essay reviews of publications within the journal’s scope are commissioned to experts. The Editor encourages suggestions for special issues, short papers on topics of current interest and articles suited to open peer commentary along with a list of potential commentators.

Editorial Executive Team:


Koen Vermeir (Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique​​/Université Paris-Diderot)

Deputy Editor

Jonathan Regier (Ca’ Foscari University of Venice)

Assistant Editors

Kim Hajek, London School of Economics and Political Science

Sietske Fransen (Bibliotheca Hertziana – Max Planck Institute for Art History)

Jérôme Baudry (École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne)

Daniela Helbig (University of Sydney)

Book Review Editors

Noemí Pizarroso López (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia – UNED)

Mihnea Dobre (The Research Institute of the University of Bucharest – ICUB)

Please do not send books directly to the editorial office, but contact Book Review Editor Mihnea Dobre if you would like to propose a book for review.

Communications Editor

Barnaby R. Hutchins (Technion – Israel Institute of Technology)

Copy Editor

John Hajek

Associate Editors

The Editor-in-Chief invites external experts, special issue editors, members of the editorial team or members of the Editorial Board as ad hoc Associate Editors.

Advisory Board

Juliana Adelman (Dublin City University, Ireland)
Stathis Arapostathis (National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)
Mitchell G. Ash (University of Vienna, Austria)
Brita Brenna (University of Oslo, Norway)
Lino Camprubi (University of Sevilla)
Ana Carneiro (New University of Lisbon, Portugal)
Erica Charters (Oxford University, UK)
Raf De Bont (Maastricht University)
Karl Hall (CEU, Hungary)
Ursula Klein (MPIWG, Germany)
Thomas Morel (ESPE Lille Nord de France, France)
Omar Nasim (Regensburg University, Germany)
Agustí Nieto-Galan (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelon, Spain)
Maria Rentetzi (Technical University Berlin, Germany & National Technical University of Athens, Greece)
Irina Sirotkina (Russian Academy of Sciences, Russia)
Christina Thomsen Thörnqvist (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
John Tresch (Warburg Institute, UK)
Karin Tybjerg (University of Copenhagen, Denmark)
Koen Vermeir (CNRS, France), Chair of the Board

How to submit a manuscript:

Authors are welcome to submit any original manuscript that fits the aims and scope of Centaurus and is not submitted elsewhere. First submissions do not yet need to be prepared in accordance with the Author Guidelines. Authors are invited to submit their articles on this submission platform: www.manuscriptmanager.net/centaurus

Forthcoming Issues:

  • First issue: Centaurus 1.1/2022

Spotlight Issue: End of Epidemics edited by Erica Charters

This Spotlight Issue on the “end of epidemics” will be a direct follow-up to the May 2019 Spotlight Issue Histories of epidemics in the time of COVID‐191 and a response to the article “How epidemics end” by Erica Charters and Kristin Heitman.2

  • Second issue: Centaurus 1.2/2022

Special Issue: Collections, Knowledge and Time edited by Martin Grünfeld and Karin Tybjerg

1 Charters, E. and K. Heitman (2021). How epidemics end. Centaurus, 63(1), 210-224.

2 Charters, E. and K. Vermeir (2020) Spotlight Issue: Histories of epidemics in the time of COVID‐19. Centaurus, 62(2), 219-380.