Scientia Canadensis

Scientia Canadensis is an open-access peer-reviewed journal, and the only journal dedicated to the Canadian history of science and technology. It is published and disseminated on Érudit. To access Scientia Canadensis and its entire corpus please go to:

Richard Jarrell launched the typewritten—and Gestetner-reproduced—History of Science and Technology in Canada (HSTC) Bulletin in December 1976. A call for collaboration and organization, the Bulletin was the foundation for the founding of CSTHA in 1980 and the launch of Scientia Canadensis in 1984.

Since that time, Scientia Canadensis has published more than 50 numbers, containing contributions in English and French from leading and emerging scholars in the Canadian history of science and technology. The journal has published special issues on such topics as energy and society, consumer technologies, circumpolar science, and natural history.

In addition to peer-reviewed scholarship, Scientia Canadensis also publishes research notes, book reviews, bibliographies, and other contributions in English and French.

Recent Issues

Volume 44, No. 1 (2022)

Volume 43, No. 1 (2021)

Volume 42, No. 1 (2020)

Volume 41, No. 1 (2019)

Open Access

In January 2018, Scientia Canadensis became a fully open-access journal. It has been available through Érudit ( since 2009.

The transition to open access began in 2017 when the paywall was reduced to one year. In 2018, the paywall was dropped entirely. Since this transition, the usage statistics for Scientia Canadensis have measurably improved.

Year Visitors Visits Downloads Pages Hits
2014 9,282 24,438 658 59,625 86,104
2015 9,187 15,656 664 39,378 95,427
2016 9,615 23,671 678 46,659 109,900
2017 8,027 26,413 2,264 62,683 89,637
2018 12,946 36,453 1,820 88,971 117,880
2019 18,611 32,200 2,355 54,747 118,490

Information for Contributors

Do you have an article, research note, or book review on a topic in the Canadian history of science and technology? Send a query via email to managing editor William Knight at wknight [at]


Guidelines for Authors

The Scientia Canadensis submission guide is available here: Guidelines for Authors
Book review guidelines are available here: Book Review Instructions


Editorial Board

Managing Editor
William Knight, Ingenium: Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation

Assistant Editor
Mahdi Khelfaoui, Université du Québec à Montréal

English Book Review Editor
Courtney Mrazek, Saint Mary’s University

French Book Review Editor
Raphaël Pelletier, Université de Québec à Montréal


Editors Emerita

Richard Jarrell, York University, founding editor
George Richardson, Queen’s University
James P. Hull, University of British Columbia, Okanagan
Yves Gingras, Université du Québec à Montréal
Stephen Bocking, Trent University
Michael Eamon, Library and Archives Canada
Stéphane Castonguay, Université du Québec à Trois‐Rivières
James P. Hull, University of British Columbia, Okanagan
David Pantalony, Canada Science and Technology Museum