Spectrum of science

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Spectrum of science
description Science magazine
language German
publishing company Spectrum of Science Publishing Company ( Germany )
Headquarters Heidelberg
First edition 1978
Frequency of publication per month
Sold edition 57,225 copies
( IVW 2/2020)
Widespread edition 57,867 copies
( IVW 2/2020)
Editor-in-chief Daniel Lingenhöhl
executive Director Markus Bossle
Web link Spektrum.de
ISSN (print)

Spectrum of Science ( SdW ) was founded in 1978 as the German-language edition of Scientific American , which has been published in the USA since 1845 , but has become increasingly independent from the American original over the years. SdW appears monthly in the Spektrum der Wissenschaft Verlagsgesellschaft mbH in Heidelberg , a unit of the Springer Nature publishing group . The sold circulation is 57,225 copies, a decrease of 48.6 percent since 1998.

The magazine sees itself as a mediator between the field of scientific specialist publication and an interested and scientifically trained public.


SdW deals with topics from science and research from a scientific perspective. Core areas are archeology , astronomy , biology , chemistry , geosciences , mathematics , medicine , neuroscience , physics and technology . In addition to the monthly issues, special issues are published at irregular intervals that deal with a specific focus. There are currently four subject areas, each of which is addressed in a special issue series: Physics-Mathematics-Technology; Archeology-history-culture; Biology-Medicine-Brain Research and Psychology. Increasingly, digital offers on the internet at Spektrum.de supplement the print editions. From 2011 to 2014, Spektrum neo, an offshoot of the magazine, was published that was specifically aimed at young readers.

As with the American model, the majority of the contributions come from researchers in the respective subject - usually from those who are themselves involved in the studies presented. Several authors have also been Nobel Prize winners . Editorial contributions refer to currently published research results from relevant journals such as Nature u. a. This range of topics is supplemented by reviews and a few more entertaining sections ("Mathematical Conversations", science fiction short stories, etc.).

Despite the independence of the German edition, contributions by US authors predominate. The basic concept of Scientific American has also been retained. These include a. the scientific orientation, editorial independence, general comprehensibility of the presentation and the principle of letting participating scientists have their own say.

Spectrum Special Archeology-History-Culture has been published under the new name Spectrum History since issue 1/2020 . The magazine format has been reduced and it appears six times a year instead of the previous quarter. The contributions are no longer written by scientists, but by a permanent editorial team and full-time science journalists.

SdW is part of a network of science publishers and publications under the umbrella of the Springer Nature publishing group. a. also the internationally operating Nature Publishing Group with the Scientific American belongs.

Every year a CD-ROM of the previous year appears with all twelve issues as PDF files, which also contains the complete table of contents for all volumes.



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Individual evidence

  1. according to IVW ( details on ivw.eu )
  2. Spectrum CD-ROM 2016. Spectrum of Science, accessed on February 23, 2017 .