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Social Studies of Science

An International Review of Research in the Social Dimensions of Science and Technology
2015 Impact Factor: 2.679
2015 Ranking: 1/60 in History & Philosophy Of Science (SCI) | 1/44 in History & Philosophy Of Science (SSCI)
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Editor
Sergio Sismondo Queen's University, Canada


eISSN: 14603659| ISSN: 03063127|Current volume: 46|Current issue: 4 Frequency: Bi-monthly
Social Studies of Science is an international peer-reviewed journal that encourages submissions of original research on science, technology and medicine.

The journal is multidisciplinary, publishing work from a range of fields including:

  • political science, sociology, economics
  • history, philosophy, psychology
  • social anthropology, legal and educational disciplines

"Social Studies of Science is indispensable for anyone seriously concerned about understanding the place of science and technology in the modern world." Michael Mulkay

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

Electronic access:

Social Studies of Science is available electronically on SAGE Journals Online at http://sss.sagepub.com

Past Editors
David Edge University of Edinburgh, UK
Michael Lynch Cornell University, USA
Roy MacLeod University of Sydney, Australia
Collaborating Editors
Adam Hedgecoe Cardiff University, UK
Nicole Nelson University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Lucy Suchman Lancaster University, UK
Stephen Turner University of South Florida, USA
Proofs Editor
Carin Berkowitz Chemical Heritage Foundation, USA
Editorial Advisers
Morana Alac University of California, San Diego, USA
Brian Balmer University College London, UK
Geoffrey C Bowker University of Pittsburgh, USA
Alberto Cambrosio McGill University, Canada
Adele Clarke University of California - San Francisco
Catelijne Coopmans National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore
Ruth Cowan University of Pennsylvania, USA
Peter Dear Cornell University, USA
Aant Elzinga University of Gothenburg
Steven Epstein University of California San Diego, USA
Robert Evans Cardiff University
Mary Frank Fox Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA
Yuko Fujigaki The University of Tokyo, Japan
Joan Fujimura University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Thomas F Gieryn Indiana University, Bloomington
Ed Hackett University of Arizona, USA
Donna J Haraway University of California, Los Angeles, USA
David Hess Vanderbilt University, USA
Stephen Hilgartner Cornell University
Alan Irwin Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Sheila Jasanoff Harvard University
Anne Kerr University of Leeds, UK
Ronald Kline Cornell University, USA
Karin Knorr Cetina University of Konstanz, Germany and University of Chicago, USA
Wen-Hua Kuo Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan
Andrew Lakoff University of Southern California, USA
Bruno Latour Sciences Po, France
Javier Lezaun Oxford University, UK
Donald MacKenzie University of Edinburgh, UK
Martina Merz Alpen-Adria-Universität Klagenfurt, Austria
Hélène Mialet University of California, Berkeley, USA
Alondra Nelson Columbia University, USA
Helga Nowotny, Vice President Wissenschaftszentrum, Vienna
Nelly Oudshoorn University of Twente
Andrew Pickering University of Illinois, Carbondale
Trevor Pinch Cornell University
Arie Rip University of Twente
Steven Shapin Harvard University, USA
Wes Shrum Louisiana State University, USA
Knut Sørensen Norwegian University of Science & Technology, Trondheim, Norway
Charis Thompson University of California, Berkeley, USA
Stefan Timmermans University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Judy Wajcman London School of Economics, London, UK
Catherine Waldby University of Sydney, Australia
Steve Woolgar University of Oxford
Paul Wouters Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
Steven Yearley University of Edinburgh
Editorial Assistant
Khadija Coxon Toronto
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    1. Article types
    2. Editorial Policies
      2.1 Peer review policy
      2.2 Authorship
    3. Publishing Policies
      3.1 Publication Ethics
      3.1.1 Plagiarism
      3.1.2 Prior Publication
    4. How to submit your manuscript
    5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
      5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access
    6. Declaration of conflicting interests policy
    7. Other conventions
    8. Acknowledgments
      8.1 Funding acknowledgement
    9. Permissions
    10. Manuscript style
      10.1 File types
      10.2 Journal style
      10.3 Reference style
      10.4 Manuscript preparation
      10.4.1 Keywords and abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
      10.4.2 Corresponding author contact details
      10.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
      10.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
      10.4.5 English language editing services
    11. After acceptance
      11.1 Proofs
      11.2 E-Prints
      11.3 SAGE production
      11.4 OnlineFirst publication
    12. Further information

    Social Studies of Science encourages submissions of original research on science, technology, and medicine. It is multi-disciplinary, encouraging empirical and/or theoretical contributions from sociologists, historians, social and cultural anthropologists, other social scientists, philosophers, and researchers in legal and educational disciplines. It welcomes social, cultural, social-historical, and philosophical investigations of scientific research and technological development, and the dynamics of knowledge in a full variety of organizational and ecological settings.

     

    1. Article types

    Social Studies of Science publishes articles representing original research, substantial discussion papers, short research notes, and review essays.

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    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy

    Social Studies of Science operates a double-blinded peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editors and only those papers that meet the editorial standards of the journal, and are appropriate within the aims and scope of the journal, will be sent for outside review.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of X peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below: 

    • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
    • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
    • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

    2.2 Authorship

    All parties who have made a substantive contribution to the article should be listed as authors. Principal authorship, authorship order, and other publication credits should be based on the relative scientific or professional contributions of the individuals involved, regardless of their status. A student is usually listed as principal author on any multiple-authored publication that substantially derives from the student’s dissertation or thesis.

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    3. Publishing policies

    3.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.  

    3.1.1 Plagiarism

    Social Studies of Science and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior Publication

    If material has been previously published it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

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    4. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided below. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Social Studies of Science is hosted on SAGE track a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sss to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below.

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    5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement   

    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    5.1 SAGE Choice and Open Access

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to non subscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    Social Studies of Science and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the Journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the Journal against malpractice.  Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all Sage journals, or appropriate legal action.

    5.2 SAGE Choice

    If you wish your article to be freely available online immediately upon publication (as some funding bodies now require), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer reviewing procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. For further information, please visit SAGE Choice.

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    6. Declaration of conflicting interests

    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. Social Studies of Science does not require a published declaration of conflicting interests but recommends you review the good practice guidelines on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    7. Other conventions

    None applicable.

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    8. Acknowledgements

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an `Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    8.1 Funding Acknowledgement

    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Social Studies of Science additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in your acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors. 

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    9. Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    10. Manuscript style

    10.1 File types

    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted. Templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway. Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork [and supplemental files] below.

    10.2 Journal Style

    Social Studies of Science conforms to the SAGE house style. Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style

    10.3 Reference Style

    Social Studies of Science adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Harvard to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    The following sample references illustrate the journal's style:

    Browne J (1998) I could have retched all night: Charles Darwin and his body. In: Lawrence C and Shapin S (eds) Science Incarnate: Historical Embodiments of Natural Knowledge. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press.

    Collins HM (1999) Tantalus and the aliens: Publications, audiences, and the search for gravitational waves. Social Studies of Science 29(2): 163-197.

    Lawrence C and Shapin S (eds) (1998) Science Incarnate: Historical Embodiments of Natural Knowledge. Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press.

    Mullis K (1998) Dancing Naked in the Mind Field. New York: Pantheon Books.

    Prigogine I and Stengers I (1984) Order out of Chaos: Man's New Dialogue with Nature. New York: Bantam Books.

    Kelty CM (2008) Responsibility: McKeon and Ricoeur. ARC Working Paper No. 12 (May). Available at: http:/anthropos-lab.net/documents/wps

    Clark JM (2006) Referencing style for journals. The Independent, 21 May, p.10.

    Clark JM (2001) Referencing style for journals. Unpublished doctoral thesis, University of Leicester, Leicester.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Harvard output style by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

    10.4. Manuscript Preparation

    The text should be double-spaced throughout. Articles should be no more than 12,000 words long (notes and references, and all other text included). In the exceptional case, longer articles may be considered for publication. Short contributions may be considered for the 'Research Notes' section.

    10.4.1 Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online

    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    10.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details

    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    10.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics

    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    10.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files

    This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

    10.4.5 English Language Editing services

    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service. Visit English Language Editing Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

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    11. After acceptance           

    11.1 Proofs

    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author.

    11.2 E-Prints

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit http://www.sagepub.co.uk/authors/journal/reprint.sp.

    11.3 SAGE Production

    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Social Studies of Science with SAGE.

    Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate.

    11.4 OnlineFirst Publication

    A large number of journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet. OnlineFirst is available for Social Studies of Science.

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    12. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Editorial Office at socstudsci@gmail.com.

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