New Scientist

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New Scientist

description Scientific journal
Area of ​​Expertise science
language English
publishing company New Scientist Ltd. ( Great Britain )
First edition November 22, 1956
Frequency of publication weekly
Editor-in-chief Sumit Paul-Choudhury
Web link New Scientist
ISSN (print)

New Scientist is an international periodical published weekly in English with topics from various, predominantly scientific, disciplines. New Scientist can be described as a popular science journal with an extensive up-to-date news overview. Ever since it was first published, the topic has often also been the effects of research and technology on society . New Scientist was published by Reed Business Information Ltd. until April 2017 . with a British, a US and an Australian edition, but was then sold to Kingston Acquisitions Limited , which immediately changed its name to New Scientist Ltd. changed.

The main editorial office is based in London .


The first issue of the magazine appeared on November 22, 1956, then under the title The New Scientist . The planned range of topics for the start-up was already presented in the first issue. a. Articles on the subjects of astronomy ( our neighbor Mars ), microbiology ( how bacteria work ), botany ( how plants and fruits survive ), medicine ( physiology and athletics ), as well as a portrait of the physicist Sir Edward Appleton , a report on the first commercially available Calder Hall nuclear power plant used to generate electricity and an essay on the relationship between art and natural science ( The Science-Arts barrier ).

The reason for the publication of a new scientific weekly in 1956 was a self-imposed, political task: the founding editor Maxwell Raison wanted to point out the increasing importance of the natural sciences for the economy in Great Britain and at the same time to influence their interaction. The editorial of the first issue said unequivocally: "If Great Britain wants to remain a first-class economic power, then our government, our parliament and our people must be far more aware of the importance of science in this century." The target group of the magazine has also since 1956 unchanged: "New Scientist is published for all men and women who are interested in scientific discoveries and their industrial, commercial and social consequences."

New Scientist today

New Scientist is read by both scientists and laypeople interested in science. Although the articles are not subject to peer review , the quality of the authors has ensured that the journal also enjoys a high reputation in specialist circles. This can be read u. a. of the large number of job vacancies posted in New Scientist . Many daily newspapers also pick up articles from New Scientist and edit them for their own readership.

Each New Scientist issue contains a table of contents and an editorial, as a rule, a news overview with reports from the previous week ( This week ). Here, on the one hand, interesting research results are reported with reference to the journal of its first publication, on the other hand, overview articles on socially relevant, controversial topics are published - for example on the creationism debate in the USA , on climate change , species protection or stem cell research . This is followed by comments , several pages of mostly well-founded letters to the editor and information on technical innovations. About a third of every issue is dedicated to self-researched background reports written by science journalists and interviews with well-known researchers. After the pages with the job vacancies follows - on the last inside page - the column The last word, whereby this “closing word” is written by the readers: Both in the printed issue and online, the readers of New Scientist can ask technical questions that other readers answer afterwards. Several books have already emerged from this frequently informative and original column, and it has also served as a template for various German newspapers for similar participation campaigns for readers.

Online archive

Since 1996 New Scientist has also maintained a website with a freely accessible, constantly updated selection of news and a paid online archive . Some longer articles from the print edition are also offered for free download in full length . Private subscribers to the printed edition can access the online archive free of charge. For schools and other cultural institutions that have subscribed to New Scientist , free access to the online archive can also be set up on request.

German edition

In June 2012, Spiegel-Verlag announced that it would publish a weekly German licensed edition of New Scientist in both printed and digital form ( e-paper ), the first issue of which appeared on November 2, 2012. At the beginning of April 2013, the publisher announced that the German edition would be discontinued on May 31, 2013 due to insufficient demand.

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Individual evidence

  1. ^ Reed Business Information sells New Scientist magazine. In:, April 18, 2017, accessed on March 16, 2019.
    Documents on the name change. In:, accessed March 16, 2019.
  2. Editorial of the anniversary issue 50 Years of New Scientist: Fifty and counting. In: New Scientist. Vol. 192, No. 2578, November 18, 2006, p. 5 ( accessed on March 16, 2019; access via registered institutions / libraries).
  3. "If Britain is to remain a first-class economic power, our government, our Parliament and our people must become far more keenly aware of the ascendancy of science in this century."
  4. ^ "The New Scientist is published for all those men and women who are interested in scientific discovery and its industrial, commercial and social consequences."
  5. U. a. Mick O'Hare: Why don't sleeping birds fall from the tree? Wonderful everyday puzzles. Piper, Munich; Mick O'Hare: What does the mosquito do in a downpour. New wonderful everyday puzzles. Piper, Munich; Mick O'Hare: How fat do I have to get to be bulletproof? 101 answers to questions that concern us all. Fischer-Taschenbuchverlag, Frankfurt.
  6. (dpa / lno): “Spiegel” publishing house starts German “New Scientist”. In: , June 8, 2012, accessed on March 16, 2019.
  7. ^ New Scientist Germany: The first edition - New Scientist. ( Memento of November 3, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) In:, November 1, 2012, accessed on November 2, 2012.
  8. ^ On our own behalf: The German-speaking New Scientist will be hired at the end of May 2013. In:, April 11, 2013, accessed on March 16, 2019.