About Scientific Publications

We have published the results of scientific work on the Australian natural and cultural environment for more than 150 years.   

The Australian Museum houses some of the world's most important collections of Australian animal, fossil and geological specimens and cultural artefacts. Research on these millions of objects yields insights into how our world changes through time and how its diversity can be classified and interpreted. This knowledge, when shared among the scientific and broader community—initially through publication—helps us understand human impact on our environment and what reasonable steps society can take now for the well-being of future generations. Our responsibility is to inspire the exploration of nature and cultures; our vision is a beautiful and sustainable natural world with vibrant and diverse cultures.

Since 1851 the Australian Museum has published the results of studies that derive in large part from Australian Museum collections or studies that more generally lead to a better understanding of nature and cultures in the Australian Biogeographic Region. Issues of the Records of the Australian Museum (ISSN 0067-1975) are published twice a year and circulated to more than 80 countries. All that is published in print is, soon afterwards, also freely available online. Records of the Australian Museum, volume 62 was published in 2010, volume 63 in 2011. Monographic works of particular significance are published irregularly as Records of the Australian Museum, Supplements (ISSN 0812-7387). Supplement 30 was published in June 2006, funding for production of Supplement 31 will determine scheduling. Catalogues, lists and databases have been published in print since 1988 as Technical Reports of the Australian Museum (ISSN 1031-8062). This serial title, as a printed publication, ceased with number 19 in 2005 and has been replaced by an online only serial title: Technical Reports of the Australian Museum, Online (ISSN 1835-4211), number 20 was published online in 2007, numbers 21–23 in 2011. Australian Museum Memoirs (ISSN 0067-1967) ceased in 1983.

In 2010 all that the Australian Museum has published in its five serial titles:

Australian Museum Memoirs (ISSN 0067-1967)
Records of the Australian Museum (ISSN 0067-1975)
Records of the Australian Museum, Supplements (ISSN 0812-7387)
Technical Reports of the Australian Museum (ISSN 1031-8062)
Technical Reports of the Australian Museum, Online (ISSN 1835-4211)

has been digitized and made freely available as PDF with OCR.

Records of the Australian Museum is covered by the Thomson Scientific services: Current Contents®/Agriculture, Biology, and Environmental Sciences, and Science Citation Index Expanded (also known as SciSearch®).

Librarians or publishers of similar scientific and academic journals may propose exchange agreements with the Australian Museum Research Library. Subscription to Records of the Australian Museum is available.
Authors are invited to submit manuscripts to The Editor. Manuscripts meeting subject and stylistic requirements outlined in the Instructions to Authors are assessed by external referees.


Dr Shane McEvey , Entomologist and Editor
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