Society for Interdisciplinary Studies - Notes for Authors

 

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General Information

We are always on the lookout for material which will be of interest to our members and other readers, in the form of articles, book reviews and letters. We cover a wide range of topics relating to chronology and/or catastrophism – astronomy, geology, cosmology, evolution, mythology, ancient history, electromagnetism, physics, palaeontology, biblical studies, geography and biology, to name but a few. We are particularly interested in material which is radical or unorthodox, but at the same time reasoned and rational in its approach, with arguments based on verifiable evidence.

The SIS was founded in 1975 (following preliminary meetings in 1974) in response to a growing interest in the controversial works of catastrophists, notably Immanuel Velikovsky, published during the previous 25 years. Velikovsky argued that myths and other ancient sources contain records of cosmic catastrophes in Earth’s history and, on this basis, suggested that conventional views of cosmology, geology and ancient history required reconsideration. In cosmology, he proposed that electromagnetism played a much larger role than in the orthodox scheme and, in ancient history, he argued that orthodox chronology should be severely shortened, eliminating ‘dark ages’.

The SIS provided a forum for debating these proposals and also enabled prompt consideration to be given to the ideas of later catastrophists. So, for example, the catastrophist model of Victor Clube and Bill Napier was introduced at an SIS meeting in London prior to the publication of their first book, The Cosmic Serpent. Alfred de Grazia similarly gave presentations at SIS meetings before the publication of his Chaos and Creation; as did Peter Warlow in advance of his The Reversing Earth; Mike Baillie before his Exodus to Arthur; and Wal Thornhill prior to the publication of his Thunderbolts of the Gods and The Electric Universe (both co-authored with David Talbott). Regarding chronology, the Society held a residential conference in Glasgow to discuss issues and subsequently, for example, communications to SIS members by Peter James, David Rohl and Bernard Newgrosh were followed by their respective books, Centuries of Darkness, A Test of Time (followed by others such as Lords of Avaris) and Chronology at the Crossroads.

The Society’s journal, Chronology and Catastrophism Review (formerly Society for Interdisciplinary Studies Review) was first published in 1976. In addition to names mentioned above, authors who have contributed articles to Review include Dwardu Cardona, Han Kloosterman, John Bimson, Geoffrey Gammon, Ev Cochrane, Lynn Rose, Irving Wolfe, Moe Mandelkehr, Gunnar Heinsohn, Milton Zysman, Fred Jueneman, William Mullen, Lewis Greenberg, Bernard Delair, Marinus van der Sluijs and Robert Porter.

Preparation and Submission of Material for Publication

Authors are encouraged to be as concise as possible, with published articles typically consisting of between 3,000 and 9,000 words. Occasionally, longer articles (up to a maximum of about 14,000 words) are published, but only where this is justified by the content. Even longer articles may sometimes be accepted, provided they are split into parts, to be published in separate issues.

Submissions of material to be considered for publication are best sent as email attachments but, if this is not possible, a copy printed on paper may be sent. A link to the editorial address is given at the top of this page. Wherever possible, articles should be submitted as unformatted Word documents written in English on A4 sized pages. Notes/references should be identified by numbers and listed at the end of the text. Illustrations are best sent as separate attachments. It is the responsibility of authors to ensure that submissions include no material covered by copyright, unless permission for its use has already been obtained.