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The Academy’s scientific publications represent America's longest-running serial publishing program devoted to natural history. Since 1817, much of the research by this institution's scientists, as well as the work of researchers around the world, has been published in its serial publications, including the Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences and Special Publications. Go to Scientific Publications for more information on these and the other serials published by the Academy.

For a list of the most recent scientific publications, download the 2011 Publications List.

Academy scientists have also authored or edited technical publications for the scientific community, while others, including Robert McCracken Peck, have authored books for more general audiences. A partial listing of works by Academy authors is presented below.

In addition, the Academy has significantly contributed to publications by other authors through access to its more than 17 million biological specimens, its imaging services, and the archival and library resources of the Ewell Sale Stewart Library.

front cover of the book 'A Glorious Enterprise'

Featured Publication

A Glorious Enterprise: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia and the Making of American Science

Robert McCracken Peck and Patricia Tyson Stroud. Photographs by Rosamond Purcell

A Glorious Enterprise, the first complete history of the Academy, tells the story of the brilliant and passionate men and women who endeavored to acquire and disseminate knowledge of the natural world. Thomas Jefferson, John James Audubon, Robert Peary, Ernest Hemingway, and James Bond are just a few of the colorful Academy associates profiled in this lively narrative. Naturalist and historian Robert McCracken Peck and historical biographer Patricia Tyson Stroud take readers behind the scenes of the Academy, recounting the signal moments and achievements that shaped its first two hundred years. The book is richly illustrated throughout with hundreds of archival images and stunningly original works by acclaimed photographer Rosamond Purcell that cast specimens from the Academy's collections in a new light. Purchase A Glorious Enterprise at University of Pennsylvania Press.

Selected publications by Academy authors

  • Goulden, Clyde E., T. Sitnikova, Jon Gelhaus and B. Boldgiv (Editors). 2006. The Geology, Biodiversity and Ecology of Lake Hövsgöl (Mongolia). Leiden: Backhuys Publishers BV. ISBN: 90-5782-162-1. [Available at NHBS Environment Bookstore.]
  • Otte, Daniel and Daniel Perez-Gelabert. 2009. Caribbean Crickets. Publications on Orthopteran Diversity. Philadelphia: The Orthopterists’ Society. ISBN: 1929014104.
  • Otte, Daniel. The Crickets of Hawaii: Origin, Systematics and Evolution. Philadelphia: The Orthopterists' Society. ISBN: 0964010100.
  • Otte, Daniel and John, A. Endler (editors). 1989. Speciation and Its Consequences. Sunderland, Mass.: Sinauer Associates. ISBN: 0878936580.
  • Bramwell, Valerie and Robert McCracken Peck. 2006. All in the Bones: a biography of Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins. Special Publication no. 23. Philadelphia: The Academy of Natural Sciences. ISBN 9780910006651. [Available in the Academy Shop.]
  • Peck, Robert McCracken. 1990. Land of the Eagle: a natural history of North America. New York: Summit Books ISBN10 067175596X.
  • Rosenberg, Gary. 1993. The Encyclopedia of Seashells. New York: Michael Friedman Publishing. ISBN10: 0709050925. [Available at NHBS Environment Bookstore.]

Selected publications using Academy services

  • Petit. Richard, E. 2009. Perry's Arcana: A Facsimile Edition with a Collation and Systematic Review. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. ISBN: 9781439901953. [available at]
  • Thomson, Keith Stewart. 2008. The Legacy of the Mastodon: the Golden Age of Fossils in America. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN: 9780300117042.
  • Warren, Leonard. 1998. Josephy Leidy: the Last Man who Knew Everything. New Haven: Yale University Press. ISBN: 0300073593.