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ICON, founded in 1995, is the journal of record for ICOHTEC, an international organization for the history of technology. Published annually, ICON seeks to be a forum for a broad discussion of issues related to technology's impact on social, economic, political, environmental and cultural issues in an international context.  ICON's goal is to foster co-operation amongst scholars from all parts of the world by providing timely review and circulation of ideas to an international audience of like-minded individuals.

ICON publishes papers based on research presented at ICOHTEC symposia. ICON also welcomes submissions from non-ICOHTEC members, and particularly encourages submissions from authors for whom English is not their first language.  All papers are refereed, and authors are offered editorial assistance to improve clarity and vigor of written expression.

ICON publishes papers covering all aspects and periods in the history of technology, but devotes special attention to the discussion of contemporary problems of technology in their socio-economic and cultural settings. A typical issue is about 200 pages long, contains ten to twelve papers and comprises:

  • papers based on original research
  • specially invited papers on the history of technology
    and on interdisciplinary connections with other fields of research
  • conference reports
  • book and journal reviews
  • evaluation of technical museum exhibits
  • bibliographical reports

Full sets of ICON on sale

A limited number of sets of ICON, numbers 1-16 (1995-2010) are available for € 40/ $55 (shipping free except add $10 outside Europe). Please, download the form, fill it and return with the chosen form of payment.

Table of content
Vol. 1
Vol. 2
Vol. 3
Vol. 4
Vol. 5
Vol. 6
Vol. 7
Vol. 8
Vol. 9
Vol. 10 (2004)
Vol. 11 (2005) Vol. 12 (2006)
Vol. 13 (2007) Vol. 14 (2008)
Vol. 15 (2009) Vol. 16 (2010)
Vol. 17
(2011) free
Vol. 18 (2012)
Vol. 19 (2013) Vol. 20.1 (2014)
Vol. 20.2 (2014)  
Check our Guidelines for Contributors and feel free to contact ICON's Editor, Hermione Giffard, for more information.
ICON’s Publication Ethics and Publication Malpractice Statement explains the standards of expected ethical behaviour for all parties involved in the act of publishing: the author, the journal editor, the peer reviewer and the publisher. They are based on COPE’s Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors.

For a free sample issue click here.




Editorial Board:




Hermione Giffard, Ph.D.
Utrecht University
The Netherlands



Hermione Giffard (The Netherlands) ex-officio
Artemis Yagou (Greece), Review Editor
Hans-Joachim Braun (Germany)
Mats Fridlund (Sweden)
Anna Guagnini (Italy)
Ian Inkster (UK)
Jan Kunnas (Sweden)
Patricio Saiz (Spain)
Eric van der Vleuten (The Netherlands)
Tiago Saraiva (Portugal)
Timo Myllyntaus (Finland), ex-officio



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