Subscriber numbers to the Journal have now exceeded 2000. The Journal enjoys an international readership and receives between 60 and 150 visits per day. All journal articles can be found on DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals), EBSCO, Academia and Mendeley. The editorial team is committed to ever-increasing the readership thus ensuring that each article receives ever-widening exposure as the Journal matures.


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Call for papers

We invite scholars to submit any original research, discussion or review papers relating generally to subjects that chime with the interests of the Science Museum Group and the wider science museum community for forthcoming issues of the Journal. For issue 10 (Issue 09 will be a guest-curated issue) the deadline is 1st June 2018 with publication in October 2018. If you have general questions about article submission or if you would like to contribute an article, discussion or review piece please don’t hesitate to contact the editorial team at

Dana Research Centre and Library now open!

The new research centre – located on the site of the former Dana Café at the Science Museum, London – was opened formally on 30th March 2016 and is home to the Journal's editorial team. It provides a small library of books and journals, a reading room and public access to the Science Museum’s electronic resources. There is also public access to items transported from the extensive Science and Society library and archive collections stored at Wroughton. It is designed to further promote the Science Museum as an important centre for scholarly research and accordingly it is home to the Museum’s Research & Public History Department, and to the Museum’s students and funded research projects. Do come and visit to pick up your new library card and browse the collection. More details, including the address can be found here. General questions about Library aspects may be directed to, and more general research programme enquiries to

Research Conference

To celebrate the opening, the Museum held a successful conference on 31st March – 2nd April 2016, celebrating and debating the practice and potential of research in conjunctions with science museums and their collections. Speakers included Jean-Francois Gauvin (Harvard), Ken Arnold (Wellcome Trust) and Professor Ludmilla Jordanova (University of Durham). Articles directly relating to theirs and other speakers' presentations can be found in the current Issue of the Journal and will be published in Issue 07 in Autumn 2016.

SMGJournal Annual Writing Award        

The Science Museum Group Journal has now launched a new prize to encourage and reward research articles by talented early career scholars. The Journal itself aims to provide open access to peer-reviewed research by international scholars, bringing together ideas across the broad areas of study that inform our work and fascinate our wide readership. This ambition can only be fuelled by the quality and originality of our contributors, now and in the future and the Journal is proud to take a role in encouraging and developing academic excellence.

The SMGJ writing prize of £500 will be awarded annually to the author of the best original research article which addresses research questions around science history, heritage, exhibitions, communications and public engagement.

Submission is open to all researchers in the early stages of their career and it is expected that the winning article will be published in the Journal. We warmly welcome submissions (in English) from international scholars which will deal with previously unpublished research, and the judges (our eminent Editorial Board) will especially look for work which takes advantage of the Journal’s capacity to feature rich imagery and multi-media.

The prize was launched at the opening of our new Research Centre on 31st March 2016 and the annual submission deadline is 1st March. For more information, contact the editorial team: The rules are as follows:

  • Articles submitted for the prize must be previously unpublished and it is expected that the winning article will be published in the Journal[1].
  • The prize will be judged by the Journal’s Editorial Board, and the judges will look particularly favourably on articles which make good use of the Journal’s capacity to include images, film and audio as an integral part of the content. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  • Submission is open to all researchers in the early stages of their career. Eligibility will be taken to cease after five years in relevant employment (for example a curatorial or other professional position in a museum) or, where relevant, five years after the completion of a PhD. Allowance can be made for periods devoted to family obligations or extended illness, at the discretion of the board.
  • Authors are invited to nominate their own papers and all articles that meet the criteria will be judged entirely on their own merit. Only one submission per author will be considered each year.
  • Submitted articles should be not less than 3000 words and not more than 10,000 words long.
  • Submissions from authors from all countries are warmly welcomed, though all articles must be written in English.
  • The submission deadline is 1st of March of each year and articles submitted for the prize will be accepted at any time in the preceding year.
  • The competition is closed to all staff and fellows of the Science Museum Group; however, for the sake of this competition, collaborative doctoral students are considered to be ‘employees’ of their supervising universities and are, therefore, considered eligible candidates.

[1] Although submissions are accepted on the understanding that the author will publish the paper in the Science Museum Group Journal, this is at the discretion of the Editor. The Editor may also accept other excellent papers submitted for the prize as submissions to the Journal and put them forward for publication with the author’s agreement.

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Collaborative Doctoral Awards

In January the Science Museum Group awarded AHRC funding to six new doctoral projects under the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Scheme (starting Autumn 2016). Each studentship award funds three years of full time study, (or the part-time equivalent) including fees and maintenance support. The projects are as follows:

•    Literary Cultures, Social Networks and the Railway Worker, 1840-1920 (University of Stirling/ National Railway Museum)
•    Emanuel Mendes da Costa (1717-1791): multicultural and multinational networks in Georgian London (University of Lincoln/ Royal Society/ Science Museum)
•    Instruments and their makers: A study of experiment, collaboration and identity in seventeenth-century London (University of York/ Science Museum)
•    Making the pulse": the Reception of the Stethoscope in nineteenth century Britain, 1817-1870 (University of Leeds/ Science Museum)
•    The indigenous map: native information, ethnographic object, artefact of encounter (Royal Holloway/ Royal Geographical Society)
•    The Cultures of Radio Research in India, 1890-1947 (University of Exeter/ BT Archives) We are still recruiting for this project.


We are pleased to announce a call for proposals for Collaborative Studentships to start in the academic year 2017/18.

This year's deadline is 4pm Friday 25 November 2016

For further details of this year's SMAC themes and how to apply, please download the SMAC CDP Guidance Document (pdf). You can also download the CDP Application Form (Word).

Please note that we expect all projects to have been developed in collaboration with an SMAC museum or archive partner. Contact details for the relevant organisation can be found in the SMAC Guidance Document.

For further information about these opportunities contact Dr Alison Hess at


Satellite: Innovation in Orbit by Doug Millard is now available to buy from Reaktion Books. For more information and to buy a copy, follow this link. Doug Millard is Deputy Keeper of Technologies and Engineering at the Science Museum, London.

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Issue 07 of the Journal includes a review by Ken Arnold of A Return of Curiosity by Nicholas Thomas, published by Reaktion Books. Readers of the Journal can enjoy a 20% discount on purchase of the book by visiting the book's page on the Reaktion website and entering the code SMGJ20 at the checkout.

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Research Seminars

The Science Museum’s Research & Public History department continues to support a range of workshops, conference and seminars. Email for a full timetable.


Keep up to date with all the latest research news, events and SMG Journal articles by following us on twitter: @ResearchSMG