Call for Papers for Special Issue of History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals

History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals, the official journal of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy (AIHP), is pleased to announce a call for papers for a special issue: “Regulating Reproduction in the History of Pharmaceuticals and Drugs.” Guest editors for the special issue will be Dr. Kelly O’Donnell of Yale University and Dr. Lauren MacIvor Thompson of Kennesaw State University.

This special issue seeks to reframe histories of reproduction and reproductive control by centering the varied substances that have been used, prohibited, regulated, and celebrated for their role in human procreation. This special issue also will help address an understudied area of pharmacy and pharmaceutical history at a particularly propitious moment in history.

We seek papers on topics including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Abortifacients
  • Pharmaceutical contraceptives (e..g, the birth control pill, Plan-B)
  • Medication abortion
  • Pharmaceuticals and drug use in pregnancy broadly construed
  • Roles of pharmacists in reproductive health care

Submission Guidelines

To submit a proposal for the special issue, please send a 300-word abstract and 2-page CV to guest editors Kelly O’Donnell and Lauren MacIvor Thompson at by October 15, 2022. 

Invitations for manuscript submission of 8,000 words will be sent by December 1, 2022. Drafts for internal editorial review will be due by February 1. Revised drafts will be due for external peer review by mid-March. Please consult the full HoPP author guidelines when preparing manuscripts.

For this special issue, we are also open to review essays, shorter historical commentaries, and non-traditional formats. If you are interested in proposing a shorter piece such as this, please contact the editors directly.

Posted: August 23, 2022

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AIHP COVID-19 ProjectThe American Institute of the History of Pharmacy is documenting and preserving pharmacy stories and experiences during the COVID-19 global pandemic for the benefit of future historians and scholars. We seek to record the effects of this public health emergency on all types of pharmacy experiences. We invite you to share your pharmacy stories, photos, videos, artifacts, and other documentation of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

You can participate in the AIHP COVID-19 Pandemic Pharmacy Historical Documentation Project either (1) by immediately sharing your thoughts/experiences and/or submitting digital materials or (2) by signifying your to intention to submit materials in the future. Please comply with all applicable local or state stay-at-home orders while self-documenting.

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Calendar of Events

Upcoming events of interest to historians of pharmacy, pharmaceuticals, medicines, science, and related fields. (Event information current when posted. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, please double-check the status of all events):

May 28-31, 2024: Kremers Seminar in the History of Pharmacy webinars.
June 27-30, 2024: ADHS Biennial Conference, Buffalo, NY.
July 7-11, 2024: International Social Pharmacy Workshop, Banff, Canada.
September 4-7, 2024: 46th International Congress for the History of Pharmacy, Belgrade Serbia.
January 3-6, 2025: Annual Meeting of the American Historical Association, New York City, NY.

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