Australasian Science: Australia's authority on science since 1938

About Australasian Science

Australasian Science ceased production following publication of the July/August 2019 edition.

Australasian Science was a bimonthly science magazine published in Australia. It contained a mixture of news items, feature articles and expert commentary.

Australasian Science was Australia's longest-running scientific publication. It was first published in 1938 as The Australian Journal of Science by the Australian National Research Council, which was the forerunner of the Australian Academy of Science.

In 1954 the journal was transferred to ANZAAS – the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science., and published as Search. Throughout this time the journal published the research of eminent Australian scientists, including Sir Douglas Mawson and Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet, whose groundbreaking clonal selection theory was published in the journal in 1957.

The journal evolved considerably over the following decades from a scholarly journal to a less formal magazine aimed at scientists, with ownership transferring from ANZAAS to Blackwell Science in the 1980s and finally to Control Publications in 1992.

In 1998 Search merged with Australasian Science Mag, a quarterly science magazine published by the University of Southern Queensland, and the merged entity was published as Australasian Science. Published by Control Publications and available in newsagents, it was the only magazine dedicated to Australian and New Zealand science.

Australasian Science's Patrons in this time were Nobel Laureate Prof Peter C. Doherty and ABC broadcaster Robyn Williams.