Previous issues of The Independent Scholar (TIS) are available below. Book reviews also accessible here.


'Identity and Transition' (Vol. 3, Summer 2017) <Download PDF>

Volume 3 (June 2017) is a themed issue on “Identity and Transition” and features peer-reviewed papers which take us to Canada, Africa, India, Israel, France and Poland for an exploration of personal, religious, and ethnic identity. This issue also contains six book reviews, an article selected from the TISQ archives by General Editor Shelby Shapiro, and a reprint of the winning essays in the strongly contested 2016 Eisenstein Prize.


General Issue (Vol. 2, September 2016) <Download PDF>

Volume 2 (Sept. 2016) is a general issue featuring a wide-ranging set of peer-reviewed papers: Joan Cunningham and Paul Lewis describe the use of therapeutic massage to treat complications following breast cancer surgery; Amanda Haste discusses translation issues in academic work; Serena Newman explores the role of fishermen in 17th century Puritan society; and Boria Sax looks at the Cold War and the repercussions of having a spy in the family. These essays are complemented by four reviews of books written by independent scholars and/or funded by NCIS-administered grants; a reprint of an essay that first appeared in The Independent Scholar Quarterly (TISQ); an obituary of Professor Elizabeth Eisenstein who was very supportive of independent scholarship; and the announcement of the 2016 winners of the Eisenstein Prize for a peer-reviewed article or book chapter published by an NCIS member.



'Traditions and Transitions' (Vol. 1, December 2015)  <Download PDF>

Volume 1 (Dec. 2015) featured papers developed from those presented at the NCIS 25th Anniversary Conference at Yale University in June 2015, with the theme, “Traditions and Transitions: Independent Scholars and the Digital Landscape.” The authors engage with the conference theme in several disciplines and across eras: Barbara Williams Ellertson and Janet Seiz examine the overlooked imagery of the book in Renaissance Art; Toni Vogel Carey examines town-gown relations in the Scottish Enlightenment; Piri Halasz gives a unique insight into 'Swinging London' of the 1960s; and Yvonne Groseil takes a look at the growing adjunct activism in the 21st century. All are informed by digital media and resources which were not available to previous generations of scholars. As well as these four critical essays, TIS1 contains four reviews of scholarly books.


Reviews of books, which may be authored or reviewed by independent scholars, are published online after the review has been approved by the editors. They are then published in the next edition of The Independent Scholar.

Suggestions for suitable books should be sent to the Book Review Editor (BRE) on


General Editor
Shelby Shapiro, Ph.D., M.A.

Humanities Editor
Amanda Haste, Ph.D., M.A., LGSM, ALCM, Dip.Trans.IoLET, FISM, MCIL.

STEM Editor
Joan Cunningham, Ph.D.,M.Sc.


Tula Connell, Ph.D. 

Dorothy Della Noce, J.D., Ph.D. 

Laurence Schiller, Ph.D.

Patricia Silver, Ph.D.

Tim R. Woolley, Ph.D.


Also available are issues of the TIS predecessor journal, The Independent Scholar Quarterly (TISQ). Please note that prior to 2015, TIS and its predecessor, TISQ, were not peer reviewed.


All issues available as PDFs.

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