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Centro Simão Mathias de Estudos em História da Ciência
Open access?
Peer reviewed?

Reviewed by: Michael R. Blake, Digital Resources Librarian, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Articles in Circumscribere are of a scholarly nature; recent examples include, “A history of a spatial relationship: Kunlun Mountain and the Yellow River source from Chinese cosmography through to Western cartography,” “Imagens e imaginação nos saberes do Ocidente na Idade Moderna,” “Images and imagination in Modern Western knowledge,” and “Institutionalization of marketing at the beginning of the 20th century: Ralph S. Butler´s Marketing Methods as study case.”

The Editors of Circumscribere are primarily located in Brazil, and articles are published in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish (or in two or more languages). Each issue offers Editorials, Letters to the Editors, Debates, Original Articles, Dissertation Abstracts, Brief Reports, and Book Reviews.

The scope of the journal is vast, covering subjects ranging from “History of science and literature: possibilities of interface,” to “Female knowledge in distillation images and practices,” and then “The chemical laboratory at Lisbon’s Mint House in the 19th century.” One would like to see author affiliations attached to the articles, as well as a few more illustrations in the contents of this journal. “Dissertation Abstracts” (abstracts of recent dissertations of particular interest to the Circumscribere readership) are provided in most issues.

The journal’s integrated web search engine allows for searching within “All,” “Authors,” “Title,” “Abstract,” “Index Terms,” and “Full Text.” One can also Browse “By Issue,”  “By Author,” “By Title,” or “Other Journals.”  When I tried a search for ‘Aristotle,” however, I was surprised to see that it resulted in "No Results,” since I had just read the article “Images and imagination in Modern Western knowledge” by Marina Massimi in an issue here, in which she discusses “Aristotle: imagination and the internal senses.” So the search system is not optimal.

The PDF viewer within the website is rudimentary but functional, and moving into ‘fullscreen view’ is easy. The layout of the Browse Title page is not what I expected and somewhat confusing to decipher.

According to its website, this journal is currently indexed in Isis Current Bibliography; Intute, and Latindex, although it was not listed in Ulrich's. It is listed in the World History of Science Online site.

27 Sep 2012
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