Big Changes Coming to Pharmacy in History for 2021

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Important changes are coming to AIHP’s scholarly journal, Pharmacy in History, in 2021, according to the journal’s Editor-in-Chief, Lucas Richert, PhD, who also serves as the Institute’s Historical Director.

The name of the journal will change to History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals. In addition, AIHP has entered into a new publishing partnership with the University of Wisconsin Press. Beginning in January 2021, the Press will assume the publication of the journal and will manage its production, fulfillment, and marketing.

Dr. Richert explained that the changes will position the journal to be an even better publication in the coming years: “We believe the journal’s new name, History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals, better reflects its broad topical scope and will allow us to successfully compete for the highest quality scholarly articles.”

AIHP’s journal has always published articles related both to the history of pharmacy (e.g., pharmacy practice, pharmacy education, etc.) and to the history of pharmaceuticals (e.g., pharmaceutical regulation, use, and manufacturing, the social history of drugs, etc.). The new name will signal to both readers and authors the journal’s continued interest in these two subject areas.

The partnership agreement with the UW Press is likewise aimed at improving and upgrading AIHP’s journal, explained Dr. Richert. The UW Press, founded in 1936, is a well-respected not-for-profit publisher of books and journals. It currently publishes eleven peer-reviewed academic journals in the humanities and social sciences, including African Economic History, Arctic Anthropology, Contemporary Literature, The Journal of Human Resources, Land Economics, and Native Plants Journal.

The new affiliation will allow AIHP to harness UW Press’s skilled and respected experts in technical publishing matters like layout, production, graphic design, marketing, and administrative management. The editors of History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals, in turn, will be able to focus solely on the editorial and intellectual side of the publication process.

AIHP’s publication partnership with the UW Press will have little impact on the Institute’s individual members, according to AIHP Executive Director Dennis Birke. Annual membership dues will continue to include and entitle individual members to a subscription to the journal. “To ensure your continued receipt of History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals in 2021, simply renew your membership and pay your annual dues when you receive your AIHP membership renewal notice in a couple of weeks,” Mr. Birke stated.

All individual AIHP memberships will include a subscription to History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals that comes with a print copy and access to a digital version of each issue. AIHP individual members will also now have complimentary access to the JSTOR Pharmacy in History archive of back issues.

Going forward, History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals will be published twice a year. Pharmacy in History was officially a quarterly publication, but in recent years it regularly published two double issues annually.

Dr. Richert, the Editor-in-Chief, and Senior Editor Gregory Bond, PhD, will continue in their roles. The current members of the Editorial Board of Pharmacy in History will continue to serve on the Editorial Board of History of Pharmacy and Pharmaceuticals.

Toni Gunnison, Journals Manager at the University of Wisconsin Press, was instrumental in forging the new partnership. “We are delighted to announce our partnership with AIHP,” she said. “We look forward to working with AIHP and the editorial team to further expand the reach of the journal and help position them for future success.”

Dr. Richert said that the upcoming changes will not alter the fundamental editorial policies that have guided Pharmacy in History for the past 60 years. “We believe AIHP can best foster world-leading scholarship in the history of pharmacy and pharmaceuticals by publishing an academic journal of the highest quality,” he stated, “With the changes we announce today, we affirm that vision and goal.”

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