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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, exhibition catalogs, technical studies and analyses, and edited collections and proceedings.

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. Print copies are available free of charge upon request while supplies last. Quantities are limited.

  • Smithsonian Contributions to Anthropology - Studies on human biological and cultural diversity and history
  • Smithsonian Contributions to Botany - Studies on the biology, diversity, and evolution of plants
  • Smithsonian Contributions to History and Technology - Studies in the social sciences and humanities, and technical studies of Smithsonian and related objects
  • Smithsonian Contributions to the Marine Sciences - Studies on all aspects of the world’s oceans, their geological history, and biological diversity as well as human interactions with the oceans
  • Smithsonian Contributions to Museum Conservation - Studies in museum conservation, including treatments, case and technical studies; conservation science, including analytical chemistry, material science, engineering and biochemistry; collection management; and preservation.
  • Smithsonian Contributions to Paleobiology - Studies on the fossil record documenting the diversification of life through time and the geological context of evolution
  • Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology - Studies on the biology, diversity, and evolution of animals

Atoll Research Bulletin
The Atoll Research Bulletin (ARB) is published by the Smithsonian Scholarly Press to provide an outlet for information on the biota of tropical islands and reefs and on the environment that supports the biota. 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. Its pages were devoted largely to reports resulting from the Pacific Science Board's Coral Atoll Program. 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.

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 digital-first on SISP's Figshare portal. Print copies are available free of charge upon request while supplies last. Quantities are limited.

Scholarly Books
Proposed works that fall outside of the scope of the discipline-specific Smithsonian Contributions Series and are deemed marketable to a wider audience are considered for publication as scholarly books. Each new scholarly book published by SISP is published as a "Smithsonian Contribution to Knowledge."

See the Books tab for currently available books. SISP’s recent scholarly books are available through Penguin Random House, Inc. Titles co-published with academic publisher Rowman & Littlefield are distributed by R&L.