Publication series


The series listed here appear as printed works, but they can also be accessed on the Academy’s document server res doctae, with adherence to the copyright terms specified by the publishers. 

Yearbook of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities

The Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities, one of the most long-standing institutions of its kind, brings together scholars from a wide range of disciplines. The Yearbook traces the development of the Academy within a financial year. In addition to the annual report, the prize-winners and list of members, the Academy’s research projects and selected lectures are here presented to the public. The Yearbook can be purchased as a printed work from Göttingen University Press (for 2017 and following years) and from De Gruyter (for years up to 2016), or downloaded free of charge as a PDF file.

Academy in Conversation

Academy in Conversation is the latest publication series released by the Göttingen Academy. It is comprised of Academy members’ lectures given at internal plenary sessions, touching on issues of general societal interest. These include currently relevant topics such as ‘Focus on Europe’, ‘Migration’, and ‘Disaster Scenarios’, or themes of general interest like ‘Life and Death’. The booklets can be purchased in print from Göttingen University Press or downloaded free of charge as a PDF.

Papers of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities - New Edition

The New Papers of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities are the Academy’s most important scientific publication. They are part of a long and illustrious tradition: between 1752 and 1842, the Academy, then still called the Königliche Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften (‘Royal Society of Sciences’), published its Comentarii or Comentationes in Latin. Outstanding scholars such as Haller, Gesner, Blumenbach, Heyne and Gauß published their work in this series. Since 1842, the Academy has released its papers in German, publishing the research results of Academy members, employees of Academy research initiatives and invited scholars. Like the predecessor series, the New Papers contain textual works on the humanities and natural sciences. The Papers of the Göttingen Academy of Sciences and Humanities - New Edition can be purchased from De Gruyter or downloaded as a PDF.

Göttingen Scholarly Reports

The Göttingischen Gelehrten Anzeigen (‘Göttingen Scholarly Announcements’), founded in 1739, is the oldest reviewing body still in existence in the German language. Albrecht von Haller, the first president of the then-named Königliche Gesellschaft der Wissenschaften (‘Royal Society of Sciences’), gave the journal, which was first called Göttingische Zeitungen von Gelehrten Sachen (‘Göttingen Newspapers of Scholarly Affairs’), its face: the striving for polyhistorical versatility; penetrating, rigorous and productive criticism; as well as maintaining the closest scholarly connection possible with foreign countries. With the 260th volume – in keeping with Albrecht von Haller’s broad interdisciplinary orientation and his interest in the unity of knowledge – the subject spectrum of reviewed books was expanded. Since then, in addition to the fields of the humanities already represented, new publications in political science, economics and finance as well as natural science have been reviewed, provided they are relevant to the humanities, such as current developments in the life sciences. The Göttingen Scholarly Announcements can be purchased from Vandenhoek & Ruprecht or downloaded as a PDF.

Notes for Authors

Dear Authors,

The Göttingen Scholarly Announcements (GSA) traditionally cover all areas of the humanities, especially the philological and historical sciences, including theology, as well as selected topics in the natural sciences that are relevant to a broader public. They appear twice a year in a total volume of 20 sheets – 320 pages. The publication offers space for critical, extensive, detailed reviews that further the discussion of noteworthy new publications. Short notices or merely laudatory mentions of a book are not accepted.

As an approximate standard length of a review, 12 to 15 GSA-printed pages has proven to be appropriate, including all annotations, so that about 9 to 12 contributions fill an issue. One printed page of the GSA corresponds to approx. 3,000 characters (including spaces).

Further details can be found in the information sheet for the staff of the Göttingen Scholarly Announcements, which also contains the typographical set-up.

If you use Microsoft Word to prepare your contribution, we would ask that you use the provided document template.

To facilitate the preparation of the typesetting templates, the Academy also issues a special request: if you require special fonts for the preparation of your contribution (e.g. Greek, Ancient Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, etc.), please use the following font:

Times New Roman Unicode.

If you have any questions regarding content or form, please contact Professor Dr Franziska Meier ( or Professor Dr Heinz-Günther Nesselrath ( before writing your text. She/he will consult with you about further action and assist you with advice.



  • Umbrüche. Auslöser für Evolution und Fortschritt. Herausgegeben von Thomas Kaufmann, Joachim Reitner, Kurt Schönhammer, Gerhard Wörner. Universitätsverlag Göttingen 2017
  • Kommunikation und Kulturtransfer im Zeitalter der Personalunion zwischen Großbritannien und Hannover: „to prove that Hanover and England are not entirely synonymous“. Herausgegeben von Arnd Reitemeier. Universitätsverlag Göttingen 2014
  • Sie befruchtet und ziert. Die Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen – damals und heute. Herausgegeben von Christian Starck und Kurt Schönhammer. Geschichte der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen, Band 1 (Abhandlungen Neue Folge, Band 28). De Gruyter, 2013
  • Der Weg an die Universität. Höhere Frauenstudien vom Mittelalter bis zum 20. Jahrhundert Herausgegeben von Trude Maurer. Göttingen, Wallstein Verlag 2010.
  • Wissenswelten – Bildungswelten Herausgegeben von Norbert Elsner und Nicolaas A. Rupke. Göttingen, Wallstein Verlag 2009.
  • Albrecht von Haller im Göttingen der Aufklärung Herausgegeben von Norbert Elsner und Nicolaas A. Rupke. Göttingen, Wallstein Verlag 2009.
  • Bilderwelten. Vom farbigen Abglanz der Natur. Herausgegeben von Norbert Elsner. Göttingen, Wallstein Verlag 2007.
  • Das System Erde – was bewegt die Welt? Lebensraum und Zukunftsperspektiven. Herausgegeben im von Joachim Reitner, Klaus Weber und Ute Karg. Göttingen, Universitätsverlag Göttingen 2005
  • … sind eben alles Menschen. Verhalten zwischen Zwang, Freiheit und Verantwortung. Herausgegeben im Auftrag der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen und der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen von Norbert Elsner und Gerd Lüer. Göttingen, Wallstein Verlag 2005.
  • Scientia poetica. Literatur und Naturwissenschaft. Hrsg. von Norbert Elsner und Werner Frick. Göttingen, Wallstein Verlag 2004.
  • Der Mensch und seine Rechte. Grundlagen und Brennpunkte der Menschenrechte zu Beginn des 21. Jahrhunderts. Hrsg. Von Georg Nolte und Hans-Ludwig Schreiber. Göttingen, Wallstein Verlag 2004.
  • Benzenberg, Johann Friedrich: Die Astronomie, Physische Geographie, Meteorologie und Geologie. Georg Christoph Lichtenbergs Vorlesung 1797/1798 Göttingen, Wallstein Verlag 2004.
  • Abraham, unser Vater Die gemeinsamen Wurzeln von Judentum, Christentum und Islam. Hrsg. von Reinhard G. Kratz und Tilman Nagel. Göttingen, Wallstein Verlag 2003.
  • Göttingen Stiftungsuniversität? Eine rechtswissenschaftliche Überprüfung der gesetzlichen Grundlagen der niedersächsischen Stiftungsuniversitäten. Hrsg. von Okko Behrends. Göttingen, Wallstein Verlag 2003.
  • Was ist der Mensch? Hrsg. von Norbert Elsner und Hans-Ludwig Schreiber Göttingen, Wallstein Verlag 2002
  • Frauenlob, Heinrich von Mügeln und ihre Nachfolger. Hrsg. von Jens Haustein Göttingen, Wallstein Verlag 2002
  • Wissenschaften 2001. Diagnosen und Prognosen. Hrsg. von der Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Göttingen Göttingen, Wallstein Verlag 2001
  • Das Gehirn und sein Geist. Hrsg. von Norbert Elsner und Gerd Lüer Göttingen, Wallstein Verlag 2000
  • Das Gen und der Mensch. Ein Blick in die Biowissenschaften. Hrsg. von Gerhard Gottschalk Göttingen, Wallstein Verlag 2000
  • Europäische Jahrhundertwende Wissenschaften, Literatur und Kunst um 1900 Hrsg. von Ulrich Mölk Göttingen, Wallstein Verlag 1999