Call for Nominations and Proposals Editor(s), Open-Access Journal Engaging Science, Technology, and Society for Social Studies of Science


The Publications Committee of the Society for Social Studies of Science solicits nominations and proposals for Editor(s) to lead the 4S-sponsored open access journal, Engaging Science, Technology, and Society (ESTS – https://estsjournal.org). ESTS is a vibrant, double-blind peer-reviewed venue for addressing how science and technology infuse the world in which we live.

The journal publishes peer-reviewed articles, thematic collections, conceptual pieces, debates, review essays, and critical engagements. It also publishes board-reviewed overviews by prominent scholars about their paths into STS. Content is organized into annual volumes, and includes work that represents the full range of 4S scholarship.

ESTS’s  ‘Diamond Model of Open Access’ offers the editor(s) the opportunity to usher 4S and STS into new forms of digital scholarship, advancing new modes of scholarly expression  while maintaining the high quality standards of scholarship for which 4S is known. 4S Council envisions ESTS and its editorial leadership playing a formative role in the development and validation of new, open access  scholarly communication. 

We seek an editor or editorial collective that has deep respect for the peer-review publishing process and is eager to bring their reading, writing, and editing skills to the task of shaping the substance and presentation of diverse forms of scholarship in STS. Given the increasing transnational character of 4S scholarship, the 4S Council had indicated its preference for an editorial or editorial collective that is well placed to attend to different  intellectual traditions, geographic emplacements and career-stages within the field. Proposals should describe a preferred organizational structure — indicating if there will e.g. be one Editor-in-Chief with associate editors or a more horizontally structured editorial collective. 

The editorial(s) will be appointed for a 3-year term, which may be renewed for an additional 2 years.

The editor or the majority of the members of the editorial collective should hold a secure position at an academic or research institution, demonstrate editorial or very closely related experience, have strong organizational skills, and have support from their home institution for editorial tasks. Editorial duties, selection procedures, and guidelines for institutional support can be found below.
Evaluation of proposals will begin June 1, 2019.

We welcome nominations, including self-nominations, as soon as possible. 

The formal proposal (prefered length around 2000 words excluding CVs and narrative bios) should include:

  • a vision statement for the journal in its next phase, detailing how its different sections and types of writing are to be fostered and developed;
  • a statement of how the editorial team will be organized and operate (e.g. a board of 5 associate editors with rotating final responsibility, of 10 associate editors with 2 editors-in-chief, etc.), indicating how diverse positioning will be leveraged. CVs and short (approximately 300 words) narrative biographies of people in the editorial collective, foregrounding relevant experience;
  • a description of  level of committed institutional support for all involved institutions;
  • a plan for how to work with the Editorial Board;
  • any outstanding questions that might require iterative communications with the Publications Committee and the Search Committee’s chair.

Selection Process: The Publications Committee will review all proposals, and make a recommendation to the 4S Council. Results of the selection process will be communicated to proposers no later than August 15, 2019. The official start date will be September 15 (the transfer of responsibilities from the current editor will be very gradual over the following year).

Questions about the process of selecting the editor(s), or the editorial duties involved, should be addressed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Teun Zuiderent-Jerak teun.zuiderent-jerak@vu.nl or to Kim Fortun, 4S President, at kfortun@uci.edu. Applications should be submitted to Teun Zuiderent-Jerak in electronic form only. People from groups underrepresented in the Society for Social Studies of Science are strongly encouraged to apply.