About the Journal

The Science Museum Group Journal (ISSN: 2054-5770) is an open-access forum presenting the global research community with peer-reviewed papers that are relevant to SMG’s collections and practice and to the wider international science museum community. The journal provides an innovative voice in discussions worldwide about science and its history, material culture, communication, display and presentation in museums. Authors may be scholars from within or outside the Group. Our audiences are academics, museum professionals, members of professional bodies, societies and institutions, and others interested in the work of SMG.

The Science Museum Group Journal is published biannually in spring and autumn.

SMG comprises four of the UK’s greatest national museums: the Science Museum (London), the Museum of Science & Industry (Manchester), the National Railway Museum (York) and the National Media Museum (Bradford). The Group has Independent Research Organisation status with major UK Research Councils.

The journal is published by the Department of Research and Public History, based at the Science Museum (London). For more information regarding research projects operating within SMG, please visit the Research and Public History Department home page.

Open access statement

The Science Museum Group Journal is an open-access publication, meaning that its content is freely available to anyone, anywhere. It is committed to providing, via its own website or via third-party distributors, immediate and unrestricted access to the final published version of its articles. These are made available using the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) licence, which conforms to the most widely accepted definition of open access. This allows for the use, copying, reproduction and adaptation of articles, free of charge, so long as the appropriate citation information is used and on the understanding that third-party material included in the article, such as images or multimedia, may not always be licensable in the same way. Wherever it is reasonably practicable for us to do so, we will signpost any third-party material contained in our articles that may be subject to different licensing restrictions. Copyright in the content of and publishing rights to all articles is retained by their authors.

All images provided by the Science Museum Group/Science & Society Picture Library (SSPL) are provided under the CC BY NC licence for the benefit of the journal and its readership. The entire SSPL catalogue can be found on the SSPL website.

Articles in the Science Museum Group Journal may feature elements that are taken from publically created or accessible sites on the internet, such as Youtube, Vimeo and Soundcloud. The Science Museum Group has no control over and assumes no responsibility for the content, privacy policies or practices of any such third party website.  The views stated on these websites are solely those of the original author and are not representative of the Science Museum Group. The Science Museum Group shall not be liable for the content or accuracy of any material or comments that may appear on these external websites (whether such material or comments are visible from looking at the Science Museum Group Journal or otherwise).

Contact us

If you have any queries about the Science Museum Group Journal you can contact the editorial team - Kate Steiner (Editor) and Richard Nicholls (Assistant Editor) - at richard.nicholls@sciencemuseum.ac.uk