Call for articles: Interdisciplinary Science Reviews

Interdisciplinary Science Reviews ( invites members of the BSLS to consider the journal as a venue for your research. ISR’s purpose is to exemplify proactively interdisciplinary research across the humanities, arts, social, natural and artificial sciences.

The journal publishes both unsolicited articles and thematic issues, including one on literature and science forthcoming in 2023.


Aims and Scope


Interdisciplinary Science Reviews has, for more than 40 years, been a forum where interdisciplinary research between the natural sciences, the arts and humanities can be reviewed and discussed. ISR publishes work which explores the nature, possibilities and challenges of interdisciplinary research and practice with the aim of promoting constructive dialogue between and across multiple fields of study.

ISR’s purpose is not to say what interdisciplinarity is but to exhibit what happens when researchers start from one discipline and expand into others. We look for research that attempts to find or negotiate mutually comprehensible terms between different intellectual cultures, making as explicit as possible the different assumptions inherent to them. We acknowledge that interdisciplinary research is neither singular in method nor standpoint but fundamentally diverse. Therefore, we seek not to reify ‘interdisciplinarity’ as an unquestioned good, but rather to provide a venue for conversations that struggle to find homes in strictly disciplinary spaces. Likewise, ISR stretches ‘science’ to the limits of scientia (‘knowledge’), exploring the work of many disciplines from multiple perspectives. The aim is not the convergence of disciplines, or a unified science, but conversation that respects as well as illuminates disciplinary differences. The similarities, where they hold under rigorous examination, are where we begin, not end.

A submission to ISR must be proactive in its pursuit of interdisciplinary dialogue. Submissions that merely take a concept, theory or technique from one field and uncritically apply it to another without unpacking its assumptions and considering the implications will be rejected. Because of ISR’s interdisciplinary audience, submissions need to use language that is easily grasped by readers outside the author’s discipline.

ISR’s cover image, ‘Two men discussing coming hunt’ (1961), by Inuit artist Qabaroak Qaisiya of Kinngait (formerly Cape Dorset), Nunavut, Canada, communicates what the journal promotes: the collaborative attempt to communicate and make real across that which separates (and therefore nurtures) separate disciplines. Qaisiya’s conjuring of the two hunters’ shared mind makes us attend to the betweenness of a relation within which something is realised.



Professor Willard McCarty (Editor, ISR; King’s College London)

Dr Tara Mahfoud (Assistant Editor, ISR; University of Essex)