Scholarly Societies Project

Chronological List of Early Independent Journals

This area is concerned with "independent journals" - that is, with journals that were not published by scholarly societies. In point of fact, in the early years of their existence, the independent journals served primarily as a vehicle for reviewing works of original reseach that were located in monographs or in the journals published by scholarly societies.

The bulk of the abbreviations of these independent journals were located through perusal of the first few hundred pages of Band 1 of Pogg..

Last Updated: 2024, March 31


Journal Run
Journal History
Journal Abbreviations
T. 1, partie 1 (1752)-t. 6, partie 18 (1755)
Tome 1 ([juillet-décembre] 1756)-tome 4 (janvier 1758)
T. 1 (1773, janv.)-t. 43 (1793, frimaire = décembre)
T. 1 (an 2, nivôse [1794, janv.])-t. 4 (an 6, frimaire [1798, déc.]) t. 48 (an 7, nivôse [1799, janv.])-t. 96 (1823, juin)
Observations sur l'histoire naturelle, sur la physique et sur la peinture [T. 1, partie 1 (1752)-t. 6, partie 18 (1755)]

Continued by Observations périodiques sur la physique, l'histoire naturelle et les arts, ou Journal des sciences et arts [Tome 1 ([juillet-décembre] 1756)-tome 4 (janvier 1758)]

Continued by Observations sur la physique, sur l'histoire naturelle et sur les arts [T. 1 (1773, janv.)-t. 43 (1793, frimaire = décembre)]

Continued by Journal de physique, de chimie, d'histoire naturelle et des arts []

The detailed statement of the journal run includes some information using the French Republican calendar: niv. an II [nivôse an II]; mess. an VI [messidor an VI]; and niv. an VII [nivôse an VII].

The record in the Bibliot. Nat. France cat. indicates that the editor was Jean-Claude de La Métherie.

[Bibliot. Nat. France cat.]

De la Metherie, Journ.
[Pogg., v.1, col.27.]
Journ. de Phys.
[RSLC, v.1, xlii.]
Journ. de Phys.
[Pogg., v.1, col.44 cites 1792.]
Journ. de Physique
[Pogg., v.1, col.76 cites 1786. T. I.]
Journ. Phys.
[Pogg., v.1, col.196 cites 1821. T. XCIII.]