The Smithsonian Contributions and Studies Series is a collection of serial periodical publications produced by the Smithsonian Institution, detailing advances in various scientific and societal fields to which the Smithsonian Institution has made contributions.


The Smithsonian Institution began publishing consolidated compilations of quarto-sized papers in 1848, under the name Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge.[1] In 1862 octavo-sized papers called Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections were added,[1] followed by the monographic Bulletin of the United States National Museum in 1875,[1] and the compiled Proceedings of the United States National Museum in 1878.[1] Annual Reports of Smithsonian Institution administrative and scholarly achievements, and accessions to the collections, began issuing in 1881, with accession and donor information being split off in 1993 as the Annals of the Smithsonian Institution.[1]

The Smithsonian Contributions to Knowledge ceased publication in 1916, followed by the cessation of the Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections in 1968, and the Bulletin of the United States National Museum in 1971.[1] In their place, the Smithsonian Institution began publication of a variety of different series focused on specific areas of scientific or societal study.[1]



Publication Began Ended
Contributions from the United States National Herbarium 1902 1974
Smithsonian Annals of Flight 1964 1974
Smithsonian Contributions to Astrophysics 1956 1974
Smithsonian Contributions to the Earth Sciences 1969 2002
Smithsonian Folklife Studies 1980 1990
Smithsonian Studies in Air and Space 1977 1990


Publication Began ISSN eISSN
Smithsonian Contributions to Anthropology 1965 ISSN 0081-0223 ISSN 1943-6661
Smithsonian Contributions to Botany 1969 ISSN 0081-024X ISSN 1938-2812
Smithsonian Contributions to History and Technology[2] 1969 ISSN 1948-5999 ISSN 1948-6006
Smithsonian Contributions to Paleobiology 1969 ISSN 0081-0266 ISSN 1943-6688
Smithsonian Contributions to Museum Conservation 2010 ISSN 1949-2359 ISSN 1949-2367
Smithsonian Contributions to the Marine Sciences 1977 ISSN 0196-0768 ISSN 1943-667X
Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 1969 ISSN 0081-0282 ISSN 1943-6696


  1. ^ a b c d e f g History of Scholarly Publishing Archived 2009-04-11 at the Library of Congress Web Archives, Smithsonian Institution.
  2. ^ Originally Smithsonian Studies in History and Technology.