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
|David Edge||University of Edinburgh, UK|
|Michael Lynch||Cornell University, USA|
|Roy MacLeod||University of Sydney, Australia|
|Catelijne Coopmans||National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore|
|Adam Hedgecoe||Cardiff University, UK|
|Nicole Nelson||University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA|
|Lucy Suchman||Lancaster University, UK|
|Stephen Turner||University of South Florida, USA|
|Carin Berkowitz||Chemical Heritage Foundation, USA|
|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, USA|
|Ruth Cowan||University of Pennsylvania, USA|
|Peter Dear||Cornell University, USA|
|Aant Elzinga||University of Gothenburg, Sweden|
|Steven Epstein||University of California San Diego, USA|
|Robert Evans||Cardiff University, UK|
|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, USA|
|Ed Hackett||University of Arizona, USA|
|Donna J Haraway||University of California, Los Angeles, USA|
|David Hess||Vanderbilt University, USA|
|Stephen Hilgartner||Cornell University, USA|
|Alan Irwin||Copenhagen Business School, Denmark|
|Sheila Jasanoff||Harvard University, USA|
|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, Austria|
|Nelly Oudshoorn||University of Twente, Netherlands|
|Andrew Pickering||University of Illinois, USA|
|Trevor Pinch||Cornell University, USA|
|Arie Rip||University of Twente, Netherlands|
|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, UK|
|Paul Wouters||Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Netherlands|
|Steven Yearley||University of Edinburgh, UK|
This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics
Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/sss to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.
Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Social Studies of Science will be reviewed.
There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.
As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.
- What do we publish?
1.1 Aims & Scope
1.2 Article types
1.3 Writing your paper
- Editorial policies
2.1 Peer review policy
2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
- Publishing policies
3.1 Publication ethics
3.2 Contributor's publishing agreement
3.3 Open access and author archiving
- Preparing your manuscript
4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
4.3 Supplementary material
4.4 Reference style
4.5 English language editing services
- Submitting your manuscript
5.2 Information required for completing your submission
- On acceptance and publication
6.1 SAGE Production
6.2 Online First publication
6.3 Access to your published article
6.4 Promoting your article
- 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.
Social Studies of Science publishes articles representing original research, substantial discussion papers, short research notes, and review essays. Research articles are generally restricted to a maximum of 12,000 words.
The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.
1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
When writing up your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online
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.
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.
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, or a department chair who provided only general support.
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.
Social Studies of Science requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.
It is the policy of Social Studies of Science to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.
Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’. For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations here
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
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.
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 the SAGE Author Gateway
Social Studies of Science offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.
The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.
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.
This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files
Social Studies of Science adheres to the SAGE Harvard reference style. View the SAGE Harvard guidelines to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.
Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.
Social Studies of Science is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. 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.
As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.
We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you don’t already have one you can create one here
You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).
Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary 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 see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway
Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. 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. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorising the change.
Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.
SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.
Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.
Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the Social Studies of Science editorial office as follows: