Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts

In 1860, Josip Juraj Strossmayer, bishop of Đakovo and Srijem, took action to found a South Slavic Academy in Zagreb. He presented Josip Šokčević, the ban (Vice-Roy of Croatia), with a 50,000 florin endowment for the founding of the Academy. The Academy issue was officially raised by Bishop Strossmayer at the Croatian Parliament session held on 29 April 1861. (today the day of the croatian academy of sciences and arts). Following the bishop’s proposal, the Parliament immediately elected a committee to draw up a statute for the Academy, and define its aims and organization. It was only five years later, on 4 March 1866, that the rules of the Academy, in a considerably changed form, were finally confirmed by Francis Joseph I, Emperor of Austria and King of Hungary and Croatia. These remained unchanged until the beginning of World War II. During the existence of the Independent State of Croatia (1941-1945), the name of the Academy was changed to the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts; in the Socialist Republic of Croatia it resumed its activities under the former name of the Yugoslav Academy of Sciences and Arts.After the establishment of the independent and democratic Republic of Croatia, a bill concerning the Croatian Academy was proposed by the Academy. The new Croatian Academy Act was passed by the Croatian Parliament on 26 June 1991, confirming the importance of all the activities of the highest institution of sciences and arts in the Republic of Croatia.


The first issue of the scholarly periodical Rad (Monographs) was published already in 1867. All of the Academy’s departments contributed to this periodical until its sixtieth issue in 1882. After that, several departments began to publish their own series of Rad. The Department of Medical Sciences was founded within the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts as a separate unit in 1950.

Rad Medical Sciences was founded in 1951 and was henceforth published irregularly, reaching only 29 issues in 2006. During that period many prominent Croatian experts have published their works in this journal, including Andrija Štampar, Franjo Kogoj, Drago Perović, Ante Šercer etc. From 2006 to 2019 Rad had usually one, exceptionally two issues per year. In 2007 English was introduced as the main language in order to make the journal accessible to international audience and to attract foreign authors and collaborators. The concept of the journal underwent considerable changes in 2019 in order to conform to the modern publishing standards. That same year Rad initiated its own webpage, www.rad-med.com.