Scientific Publications

Welcome to the Department of Scientific Publications web site. We produce three series of publications (Proceedings, Occasional Papers, and Memoirs) as well as books containing the results of original research conducted by the scientific staff and research associates of the institution. Taxonomy, systematics, biogeography, earth science, natural history, and the history of science are the principal research foci of these works. The Proceedings is an international journal open to submission from the international community of scientists.



The Scientific Publications Department at the California Academy of Sciences has published a vast amount of scientific literature since 1854 representing an array of natural history disciplines. The Academy’s original focus of exploring and explaining the fauna and flora of the western United States quickly expanded to include discoveries from all over the world: most notably the Galapagos Islands, the Pacific Islands, western North America and Mexico, China, Madagascar, Myanmar, the Philippines, New Guinea, southwest Asia, Africa and the islands of the Gulf of Guinea.

Scientific Publications offers a window into the exciting discoveries of our scientists whose research forms the basis of knowledge regarding the evolution and dispersal of many different species of plants and animals. At the same time, our scientists are creating integral global relationships with their foreign counterparts and several communities. These collaborations often lead to a cross-exchange of ideas and information, new educational programs and opportunities, the establishment of museums or naturalist centers, and unique conservation projects dedicated to saving a myriad of species that are under threat.

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Coming in October 2009, Evidence of Evolution, by Susan Middleton and Mary Ellen Hannibal. Special softcover California Academy of Sciences special edition: $19.95. AVAILABLE NOW!!!



Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, Volume 60, Numbers 1-9: MAY 7, 2009. Featuring scientific articles in Botany, Entomology, Ichthyology, and the History of Science. Softcovers are available for $35.00 (U.S.), $45.00 (foreign). Prices include shipping & handling. All of the articles in this issue are available for free download here.








Scientific Publications Personnel

Listing of editors and assistants



Catalogs of all California Academy of Sciences Scientific Publications and downloads for Proceedings v54-v60.



Now in stock!

Evidence of Evolution by Sue Middleton and Mary Ellen Hannibal.

*Newly uploaded! Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, V60, Nos. 10-14, 25 Sept 2009.

*Newly uploaded! V55 Supplement I and V56 Supplements I and II.

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Ordering information for all California Academy of Sciences Scientific Publications.


Information sheet for Distributors for 2010.

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For general inquiries about the Department of Scientific Publications please contact:

Scientific Publications Administrator

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