Formerly published by the Max Niemeyer Verlag, the yearbook has been in publication since 1997 and has the task of applying the fields of literary and scientific history to one another. In doing so, the yearbook reacts to the expansion of problems and methods which have emerged in both disciplines over the last decades. Building on the insight that literary-artistic and (natural)-scientific discourse are not two separate spheres and cannot be properly described separate of one another, the yearbook offers a transdiciplinary discussion forum for the historical analysis of the interactions between the (natural) sciences and literature (studies) in theory development and reflection from the late Middle Ages to the present. One of the topics of the yearbook is the canon of the sciences, which was founded by medieval universities and which in recent times has been expanded to include disciplines such as the natural sciences, psychology, sociology and the science of history. The field of topics chosen for the yearbook reflects a conscious decision to avoid any thematic limitations of these diverse times, disciplines and aspects. The languages of publication are German and English.
De Gruyter will continue to publish the yearbook in its established, thematic conceptual design. Scientia Poetica is planned and structured by its editors as well as by an international committee of renowned scientists. The yearbook will now be published with a high-quality layout (hardcover) and will be expanded in length. In keeping with the Internet presence of the publisher, a service website will be set up, offering information about the program of the yearbook, abstracts of the contributions, short reviews, a link page, information for authors and subscribers, and so forth.