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Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press continues the Smithsonian’s rich history of scholarly publishing and is dedicated to publishing research and other scholarly and educational contributions authored by Smithsonian scholars and researchers, including monographs, collection catalogs, technical studies and analyses, and edited collections and proceedings. All new SISP publications are published open access under Creative Commons licenses on SISP’s open access portal on Figshare.

Submissions for consideration as Smithsonian Contributions Series and Open Monograph are subjected to external and independent scholarly peer review. Peer review by Smithsonian scholars may occur when content is limited to Smithsonian facilities, operations, and practices. Acceptance for publication requires positive results from peer review of a complete manuscript and subsequent positive evaluation of a final revised manuscript by the publisher and by its Editorial Board.

Smithsonian Contributions Series
All current series are open access publications. All new and recent volumes are available at FigShare, SISP’s digital publishing portal. Archive volumes are available from the Smithsonian’s repository, SRO ( Print copies are produced in limited quantities only for author copies and for official use.

Open Monographs
SISP’s Open Monographs series offers an open access channel for authored works, edited collections, and conference proceedings that fall outside the scope of the technical, disciplinary Smithsonian Contributions Series. These books are released on SISP’s Figshare portal.

Atoll Research Bulletin
The Atoll Research Bulletin (ARB) is a monograph series that covers the biota of tropical islands and reefs and environments that support the biota. All statements made in papers published in ARB are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Smithsonian or of the editors. Founded in 1951, the first 117 volumes were issued by the Pacific Science Board, National Academy of Sciences, with financial support from the Office of Naval Research. Earlier volumes were largely devoted to reports resulting from the Pacific Science Board’s Coral Atoll Program. The Smithsonian Institution adopted the series and continued publication through the National Museum of Natural History until 2012 then through the Smithsonian Institution Scholarly Press until 2024. New submissions are no longer being accepted. Smithsonian’s collection of legacy volumes will be available in the Smithsonian’s institutional repository.

Scholarly Books
Until summer 2021, SISP published books that fell outside of the scope of the discipline-specific Smithsonian Contributions Series. See the Books tab for currently available scholarly books from distributor Penguin Random House, Inc. or from co-publisher Rowman & Littlefield.