Science News


Science News
Magazine cover showing a brain-computer tool designed to help paralyzed patients walk.
Cover of the November 16, 2013 issue
Editor in ChiefNancy Shute
Former editorsTom Siegfried, Edwin Emery Slosson, Kendrick Frazier Robert J. Trotter, Joel Greenberg, Julie Ann Miller
PublisherMaya Ajmera
Total circulation
First issue1922
CompanySociety for Science & the Public
CountryUnited States
Based inWashington, D.C.

Science News (SN) is an American bi-weekly magazine devoted to short articles about new scientific and technical developments, typically gleaned from recent scientific and technical journals. Science News has been published since 1922 by Society for Science & the Public, a non-profit organization founded by E. W. Scripps in 1920. American chemist Edwin Slosson served as the publication's first editor. From 1922 to 1966, it was called Science News Letter.[1] The title was changed to Science News with the March 12, 1966 issue (vol. 89, no. 11).[2]

Tom Siegfried was the editor from 2007 to 2012. In 2012, Siegfried stepped down, and Eva Emerson became the Editor in Chief of the magazine. In 2017, Eva Emerson stepped down to become the editor of a new digital magazine, Annual Reviews. On February 1, 2018 Nancy Shute became the Editor in Chief of the magazine.

In April 2008, the magazine changed from a weekly format to the current biweekly format, and the website was also redeployed. The April 12 issue (Vol.173 #15) was the last weekly issue. The first biweekly issue (Vol.173 #16) was dated May 10 and featured a new design. The 4-week break between the last weekly issue and first biweekly issue was explained in the Letter from the Publisher (p. 227) in the April 12 issue.


The articles of the magazine are placed under "News":

The articles featured on the magazine's cover are placed under "Features". The departments that remain constant from issue to issue are:

  • Editor's Note—A column written by Eva Emerson, the magazine's editor-in-chief, that usually highlights the current issue's prime topics.
  • Notebook—A page that includes several sections:
    • Say What?—A definition and description of a scientific term.
    • 50 Years Ago—An excerpt from an older issue of the magazine.
    • Mystery Solved—An explanation of the science underlying everyday life.
    • SN Online—Excerpts from articles published online.
    • How Bizarre...—An odd or interesting fact that may not be well known to the magazine's audience.
  • Reviews and Previews—A discussion of upcoming and recently released books, movies and services.
  • Feedback—Letters from readers commenting on the recent Science News articles.
  • Comment—An interview with a researcher.

See also


  1. ^ Gillis, Anna Maria (March 1, 1997). "Looking Back: From News Wire to Newsweekly, 75 years of Science Service" (PDF). Science News. 151 (9): S10. doi:10.1002/scin.5591512706. Retrieved 2010-03-13.
  2. ^ Science news. National Library of Australia online catalogue. Science Service. 1966. Retrieved 2010-03-13.

External links

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