Noteworthy Books

Noteworthy Books

What was a noteworthy history of science book published in 2018? Or, because we all know we’re a bit behind on our reading list, published in 2017 or 2016?

 

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Instructions for Abstract Submission

Below are the instructions for abstract submission. We include them here for easy reference; however, they are also on the Abstract Submission page, where you can submit your abstract. You can find a PDF of the Call for Papers on the Documents page. 

Please read instructions carefully, as they have changed from previous years. Failure to comply fully with instructions or to complete the abstract submission process completely will preclude your submission from consideration.

General Rules and Guidelines
  • Nonrecurrence Rule: Anyone presenting an individual paper, flashtalk, or on an organized session or roundtable (including commentators) cannot appear on the meeting program in any other capacity. Please note that roundtable presenters are also subject to this rule. Exceptions are allowed for individuals serving more than one role in a single session (e.g., moderator and presenter) or as a presenter on one session, but organizer or moderators on another. Other allowances will be made for presenters in special circumstances.
  • Registration Required: When registration opens, all meeting participants must register for the meeting and pay the registration fee. Failure to pay this fee will result in removal from the program
  • Diversity: To promote diversity at the annual meeting, we ask for demographic data, academic affiliation, and presentation history. Reviewers will use this information in evaluating abstracts. While providing this information is optional, refraining from it may affect the evaluation of your proposal. You and your co-presenters can update your personal information by visiting your profile via your dashboard on the meeting website.
  • Collaboration: Historically, Organized Sessions enjoy the highest acceptance rates. If you'd like to find collaborators for a panel, visit the Discussion page on the meeting website. There, you can post what you're looking for or see what others have already posted. Alternatively, you can also post on Twitter, with the hashtags #hss2019 #collab.
  • Profile Photo: If you've uploaded a profile photo, please note that it will be visible to reviewers. If you'd like to prevent this, delete your profile photo and reupload it after your abstract has been evaluated.
  • Word Limit: All abstracts must be 250 words or less.
  • Selection Guidelines: The Committee on Meetings and Programs (CoMP) has established a set of best practices and guidelines for proposal. Program chairs will look to these best practices and guidelines when accepting abstracts for the 2019 meeting. 
  • Increased Funding: Because the meeting location may be more expensive for many of our attendees, HSS has increased the amount of funding available to graduate students, recent PhDs (received in the last five years), and independent scholars via NSF travel grants. Application for these grants will open after abstracts decisions are shared.
Overview of Submission Types
  • Contributed Paper: Presentation on a theme in the history of science around 20 minutes long. Submitted by an individual for inclusion on a panel formed by the program committee.
  • Organized Session: A panel comprising four or five presenters (including a commentator), submitted by an organizer.
  • Roundtable: Facilitated discussions about the history of science or state of the discipline, submitted by an organizer.
  • Flashtalk: Open to graduate students only. Presentations (with a single slide) of five minutes or less.
Instructions for Submission Type
Contributed Paper
  1. Choose Contributed Paper as submission type.
  2. Complete required fields, which include Abstract Title, Abstract Topic, Abstract Summary, Chronological and Geographical Classification.
  3. Click Submit when all fields are complete.
  4. Ensure that your Profile information is up to date, as this will be used by reviewers during abstract evaluation. You can update your Profile by visiting My Dashboard in the navigation menu. Failure to provide this information may disqualify or hamper the success of your submission. In particular, you must provide your abstract submission role (organizer, commentator, etc.), presentation history, affiliation, and demographics
  5. You can update or edit your abstract at any time via your Dashboard.
Organized Session
  1. Before you begin, you will need the following information: the titles, abstracts, names, and email addresses of all panelists. Additionally, if any panelists already have accounts on the meeting website, use the name and email associated with that account. If you're unsure about whether the presenter has an account, use the Contact Us link in the navigation menu to inquire.
  2. Choose Organized Session as the submission type. Complete required fields, which include Abstract Title, Abstract Topic, Abstract Summary, Chronological and Geographical Classification. Complete additional fields as needed, such as whether the session is sponsored, which is a factor in evaluation.
  3. Abstract 1 (visible in the purple banner above the Submit Abstract heading) designates the abstract for the panel as a whole. On Abstract 1, you should also add your moderator, commentator, and additional organizers (if applicable). To do so, go the bottom of the page. Under the Add Presenters, Commentators, & Moderators header, click Add Co-Author+. Add the names and emails of commentators, moderators, and organizers. You don't need to make them Primary or Presenting Authors.
  4. To add your panel's authors, titles, and abstracts, click Add More Abstracts (located at the bottom of the page). A new tab will open that says Abstract 2. Here you will add the abstract info for your first presenter and complete all required fields. At the bottom of the page, under the Add Presenters, Commentators, & Moderators header, click Add Co-Author+. Enter the name and email of the abstract's author and click the boxes for Primary and Presenting Author. Click Add More Abstracts for as many presenters as you have, following the same procedure.
  5. Once you're finished entering all abstracts, click Submit. Each of your panelists will receive notification that they've been added to the abstract. If you gave them the ability, they will also be able to log in and edit the abstract. You can edit it at any time by going to your Dashboard on the meeting website.
  6. Finally, ensure that you and your panelists have each updated your Profile information, which is also accessible via your Dashboard. Your profile information will be used by reviewers during abstract evaluation. Failure to provide this information may disqualify or hamper the success of your submission. In particular, you need to complete the fields for abstract submission role (organizer, commentator, etc.), presentation history, affiliation, and demographics
Roundtable
  1. Choose Roundtable as submission type.
  2. Complete required fields, which include Abstract Title, Abstract Topic, Abstract Summary, Chronological and Geographical Classification.
  3. Add your roundtable presenters, commentator(s), moderator(s) via the Add Co-Author+ button under the Add Presenters, Commentators, & Moderators header. You must add the name and email of each roundtable presenter and choose Presenting Author for all presenters and commentators, but not for moderators.
  4. If any of the panelists already have accounts in the meeting website, enter the name and email associated with that account. If you're unsure, use the Contact Us link to inquire.
  5. Once all information is added, click Submit. Each of your panelists will receive notification that they've been added to the abstract. If you gave them the ability, they will also be able to log in and edit the abstract. You can edit it at any time by clicking on My Dashboard on the meeting website.
  6. Finally, ensure that you and your panelists have each updated your Profile information, which is also accessible via your Dashboard. Your profile information will be used by reviewers during abstract evaluation. Failure to provide this information may disqualify or hamper the success of your submission. In particular, you need to complete the fields for abstract submission role (organizer, commentator, etc.), presentation history, affiliation, and demographics.
Flashtalks
  1. Open to graduate students only.
  2. Choose Flashtalk as submission type.
  3. Complete required fields, which include Abstract Title, Abstract Topic, Abstract Summary, Chronological and Geographical Classification.
  4. Click Submit when all fields are complete.
  5. Finally, ensure that your Profile information is up to date. It is also accessible via your Dashboard. Your profile information will be used by reviewers during abstract evaluation. Failure to provide this information may disqualify or hamper the success of your submission. In particular, you need to complete the fields forabstract submission role (organizer, commentator, etc.), presentation history, affiliation, and demographics.
Getting Started
  • Read and follow submission type instructions, as given above
  • Complete all required fields, as marked with a red asterisk (*)
  • To preserve formatting of your abstract across platforms, only plain text is supported for abstracts. This means that bold, italic, and other formatting is not possible.
  • Enter title in the Chicago Manual of Style format. Use capitalizemytitle.com to ensure your title conforms to CMS rules
  • Upon submission, you will receive email confirmation. You can edit your submission at any time via your Dashboard on the meeting website
  • Once the program committee makes their decisions, HSS will notify you by email.
  • Use the contact form to submit additional questions.

 #hss19

The official hashtag for the 2019 annual meeting is #hss19. Why not #hss2019? Because two characters can make all the difference. Use the official hashtag to share any news, updates, facts, points of interests, dramas, etc. about the meeting. Also, if you're looking for collaborators to submit a panel for the meeting, you can use the hashtag #hss19 #collab to find collaborators via Twitter. You can also use our Discussion board.

Twitterstorians

Are you planning on livetweeting all the goodness that will be HSS 2019? Do you like to post comments, theories, papers, photos, etc. during the meeting? Please join our Twitterdex by submitting your information. As the meeting approaches, we'll release the directory, so historians of science the world over know who to follow to keep apprised of the latest and greatest scholarship in the history of science.

Overview of Abstract Topics

Abstract topics and examples are listed below. The examples are not exhaustive, but meant to give you a guide as to how you should classify your submission. If you have questions or suggestions about the topics, please use the Contact Us link in the navigation menu.

  • Tools for Historians of Science: careers, general histories of science, historiography, interdisciplinary or multitopic approaches, pedagogy, popular history of science, reference works and repositories, social engagement
  • Theoretical Approaches to the Study of Science: historians, history of science as a discipline, Science and Technology Studies, science studies, Sociology of Scientific Knowledge (SSK)
  • Thematic Approaches to the Study of Science: arts & literature, economic, ethics, gender, law, politics, race and ethnicity, religion, war
  • Aspects of Scientific Practice/Organization: instruments and measurements, military funding of science, patronage, research and development ethics, science policy, scientific institutions and societies, scientific publication
  • Biology: biochemistry, botany, ecology, evolutionary biology, genetics, great chain of being, model organisms, molecular biology, natural history, speciation, zoology
  • Chemistry: alchemy, atomic theory, atomism, chemical revolution, electrochemistry, periodic system
  • Earth and Environmental Sciences: age of the earth, geography, geology, paleontology, volcanology
  • Mathematics: ethnomathematics, general, paleolithic, neolithic, indigenous cultures of the Americas, other indigenous cultures (non-European), indigenous European cultures (pre-Greek, etc.), Egyptian, Babylonian, Greek, Roman, China, Japan, Southeast Asia, Islam (medieval), India, medieval, 15th and 16th centuries, renaissance, 17th century, 18th century, 19th century, 20th century, twenty-first century, contemporary
  • Medicine and Health: anatomy, germ theory, nutrition, pharmacy, psychiatry, psychology, public health, wound care
  • Physical Sciences: astronomy, electricity, general relativity, materials science, mechanics, natural philosophy, optics, physics, quantum field theory, special relativity, thermodynamics
  • Social Sciences: archaeology, cultural anthropology, economics, education, law, linguistics, political science, sociology
  • Technology: agricultural science, air and space technologies, ancient Rome, biotechnology, computer science, digital technologies, industrial revolution, middle ages, second industrial revolution