Answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about the Scientific Publications Department.

Who are your authors?

Typically, our authors are Academy Curators, Collections Managers, Research Associates, and collaborators from all over the world.

What is your publication schedule?

The Proceedings are published in three volumes per year (spring, summer/fall, and winter). In addition, we sometimes publish one to two supplements. Our other publication series do not have release schedules. Therefore, we only offer subscriptions to the Proceedings.

Can I download your publications online?

The Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences Volume 54 – Volume 60 as well as Occasional Papers 155 and 156 (Parts I and II) are available as individual FREE downloadable pdfs. Other publications can be found on Google Scholar or on Biodiversity Heritage Library. Copyright law applies.

Can I buy your publications at the museum?

Absolutely. Please to place your order, arrange for payment, and schedule a day and time to pick up your order.

How do I obtain permission to use material from your publication?

Please send a formal request for permission of use, thoroughly describing your project and what item(s) you're interested in using, to

What are your policies for book distributors?

Please download our information sheet for distributors for 2010.

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