The journal name abbreviation and DOI

Dear readers of the journal, 

As it is known, in mid-2016, the journal “Prace Komisji Historii Nauki PAU” (“Proceedings of the PAU Commission on the History of Science”) changed its name to “Studia Historiae Scientiarum” maintaining the continuity of numbering the volumes, research topics, editorial and scientific committee staff composition and (with the consent of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education of the Republic of Poland) of the journal’s scoring at the time.

At the same time, the National ISSN Center of the National Library in Warsaw gave the journal two new ISSNs (e-ISSN: 2543-702X and p-ISSN: 2451-3202) and the journal’s abbreviation: “Stud. Hist. Scientiarum”.

However, as the Internet search showed, the users of our journal, apart from its full name, used five different abbreviations in their bibliographies:

  1. „Stud. Hist. Scientiarum” [ ISSN-Portal; Isis Cumulative Bibliography; Rovenchak 2018 ];
  2. „Stud. Hist. Scient.” [ INTiBS PAN 2017 ];
  3. „Studia Hist. Sci.” [ Bibliografia Publikacji UM w Poznaniu 2018 ];
  4. „SHS” [initials of the journal name in the list of articles from volume 15(2016) to volume 18(2019): Author Index and Thematic Index ];
  5. „Stud. Hist. Sci.” [ Victor Norris (Faculty Opinions) 2018; (Life) 2019 ].

The analysis of this problem led to – surprising for us – a discovery of the existence of a special international standard defining the methods of shortening the names of journals “ISO 4 standard for abbreviating names of scientific journals” (ISO 1997–2020).

According to this standard, the only acceptable abbreviation of our journal name is: “Stud. Hist. Sci.

Such an unequivocal conclusion was independently confirmed in the e-mail correspondence of 9–10 December 2020 by two specialized units: ISSN-Portal in Paris and the National ISSN Center of the National Library in Warsaw. Therefore, in the near future, the ISSN-Portal will change the abbreviation in the journal’s passport on this portal.

With this verdict in mind, we appeal to all users of our journal who apply the abbreviations of the names of journals in their bibliographic records to use the abbreviation “Stud. Hist. Sci.” for the designation of our journal.

At the same time, we would like to ask all users of our journal, regardless of whether they use journal abbreviations in their bibliographic records or not, to always include the DOI of every cited article. In the case of our journal it is indexed in the International DOI Foundation and in CrossRef, and also it is linked with the article website in the current version of OJS.

We ask for it, because the lack of a DOI may lead to misidentification of our journal with other journals, e.g.:

  • California Studies in the History of Science (California Stud. Hist. Sci.),
  • Dibner Institute Studies in the History of Science and Technology (Dibner Inst. Stud. Hist. Sci. Technol.),
  • Japanese Studies in the History of Science (Jpn. Stud. Hist. Sci.),
  • Transformations: Studies in the History of Science and Technology (Transform. Stud. Hist. Sci. Tech.),
  • Yale  Studies  in  the  History  of  Science  and  Medicine (Yale Stud. Hist. Sci. Med.).


Bibliografia Publikacji UM w Poznaniu 2018. Dostęp online:

INTiBS PAN 2017: Lista publikacji 2017. Dostęp online:

ISO 1997–2020: ISO 4 standard for abbreviating names of scientific journals. Dostęp online:

Kokowski, Michał; Rafalska-Łasocha, Alicja 2019: Author Index / Indeks autorów czasopisma Komisji Historii Nauki PAU. Dostęp online:

Kokowski, Michał; Rafalska-Łasocha, Alicja 2019: Thematic Index / Indeks tematyczny czasopisma Komisji Historii Nauki PAU. Dostęp online:

Norris, Victor 2018: Faculty Opinions Recommendation of [Cooper S, Stud Hist Sci 2017 16:335-364]. Faculty Opinions, 09 May 2018. Dostęp online:

Norris, Vic 2019: Successive Paradigm Shifts in the Bacterial Cell Cycle and Related Subjects. Life 9(1), No. 27. DOI:

Rovenchak, Andrij 2018: Department for Experimental Physics, University of Lviv, in 1872–1939: Contributions to biobibliography. Journal of Physical Studies 22(4). DOI: 10.30970/jps.22.4002. Dostęp online: