• Does Engaging Science, Technology, and Society have a Citation Impact Factor? Not yet.  As soon as we have published a range of strong articles we will be able to apply to Reuters for inclusion in the Science Citation Index.
  • How many words long can my submission be? Please refer to the Submission Guidelines for a range of submission specifications.  Quickly, word limit targets are as follows:  Standard Research Articles (9k words); Critical Engagements (1k words); Considering Concepts (2k words); Debates/Interactions (5k words); Review Essays (5k words); Traces (6k words); Thematic Collections/Spcecial Issues (9k words per article - same as for standard research articles)
  • What editorial style should I follow? Chicago

Please use American English [e.g., “analyze” (not “analyse”); “organize” (not “organize”); “center” (not “centre”) and so on].            

When citing within the text, please use (Author date), as in: 

….history of technology (Bowker 1994; Hughes 1983).              

Please attend to proper punctuation of quotations, as follows:  She said, “Always put the period inside the ending quotation mark, unless there is a citation at the end.”              

For bibliographic references, please use the following formats:


Guston, David H., E. Fischer, A. Grunwald, R. Owen, T. Swierstra, and S. van der Burg. 2014. “Responsible Innovation: Motivations for a New Journal.” Journal of Responsible Innovation 1(1):1-8.


Mol, A. 2002. The Body Multiple: Ontology in Medical Practice.  Durham, NC & London: Duke University Press.

Chapters in Edited Collections:

Cussins, C. 1998 “Ontological Choreography: Agency for Women Patients in an Infertility Clinic.” In Differences in Medicine: Unraveling Practices, Techniques, and Bodies, edited by M. Berg and A. Mol, 166-202. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Online-only Sources:

Wheeler, T. 2015. “FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: This is How We Will Ensure Net Neutrality.” Wired, February 4. Accessed 18 March 2015. http://www.wired.com/2015/02/fcc-chairman-wheeler-net-neutrality/.        

  • Do I have to get permission to use my published article in a book or edited collection? No.  All content published in Engaging Science, Technology, and Society is governed by the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommerical-NoDerives License However, if your article uses any 3rd-party content that is copyrighted, you will have to get permissions for that from its publisher.
  • How long will it take for my paper to be reviewed? For papers that are sent for full double-blind peer review, we seek to have a first decision to authors within the following time frames:  Research Articles: three months; Critical Engagements: two weeks; Considering Concepts: one month.  All papers will receive a pre-review decision within two weeks of submission.
  • Can my submission include multimedia data formats?  Yes.  Submissions may include supplementary files such as graphs, pictures, images, or video and audio files to be stored on our server. Graphics should be in JPEG, GIF, PNG, or TIFF format. Audio segments should be in MP3, or AIFF, WAV (Windows Audio Wave) format. Video segments should be in Quicktime, MPEG, AVI (Video for Windows), or WMV (Windows Media Video) format. Other audio and video file formats may be acceptable; but please check with us before uploading them to confirm their compatibility with our software and our conversion programs. We encourage authors to obtain appropriate permissions to use materials originally produced by others, but do not require such permissions as long as the usage of such materials falls within the boundaries of Fair Use.
  • Do I really have to follow the author checklist when I submit my paper? Yes.
  • Why is it important for me to pay so much attention to the details in my bibliographic references? We are pleased not to charge processing fees to submitting/publishing authors.  In order to continue this practice we need to keep our production processes efficient.  We encourage authors to kindly contribute to this process by taking responsibility for basic aspects of professional writing, like ensuring complete and accurate bibliographic references, and reconciling inconsistencies between in-text citations and bibliographic references.
  • My article was just accepted.  When will it be published?  As soon as your manuscript is accepted it will go into editorial production (layout, copyediting and proofing).  As soon as editorial production is completed your article will be published in our current, rolling annual issue.
  • What does the Crative Commons License used by ESTS mean?  Please consult the Creative Commons' own FAQ to learn more about a range of scenarios that would apply.
  • Thematic Collections.  We are interested in receiving proposals for Thematic Collections (ESTS's terminology for "special issues."  If you have a smashing idea and some authors lined up, please put a proposal together (incuding a description of the problematic you are dealing with and the names and provisional paper titles of your likely contributors), send it to us, and we will reply with our thoughts on the project.  Once we have signalled encouragement to proceed, we highly recommend that you go through a thoroguh round of internal review and revising with your authors before you have each author submit his/her paper.  When you believe papers are ready for peer review, please have each author submit individually through the ESTS website, marking the category "thematic collection" when they supply their metadata.  When all papers are recieved, we will conduct a preliminary pre-review to ensure that the papers are appropriate for the journal and the peer review process.  Some papers might be rejected at this stage.  For those papers deemed appropriate, we will manage the peer review process and take responsibility for making editorial decisions and providing editorial guidance to the authors at this point.  Our hope is that you would be willing to provide us names of good reviewers for each of the papers (scholars who have expertise in the topic and methods used, but who are not already familiar with the specific papers or their authors), and we would remain in close contact with you regarding the process and status of manuscripts as they move through it. Have fun!