The Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, founded in 1793, is the French national museum of natural history. It is a government institution with missions to develop research, collections, expertise and education in the fields of natural history and human sciences. Early in its history the Muséum became a publisher, and since the Annales were established in 1802 a steady output of peer-reviewed scientific journals and monographs has been maintained.
The Muséum currently publishes three research journals and six collections of monographs in botany, Earth sciences, zoology, biodiversity management, human sciences and history of science. Results based on the collections of the Museum are given priority.
The scientific evaluation and technical preparation of projects are handled by the Service des Publications Scientifiques (Division of Scientific Publications), which is also responsible for the management of back numbers, subscriptions and sales.