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Call for Nominations and Proposals

Editor, Open-Access Journal [name tba]
Society for Social Studies of Science

The Publications Committee of the Society for Social Studies of Science solicits nominations and proposals for the position of Editor of a new 4S-sponsored open access journal, name TBA. The journal will publish peer-reviewed research, and there is the opportunity to develop other forms of scholarship for the journal, including but not limited to photo essays, debates, review essays, interviews, and conference reviews. This new journal offers an editor the opportunity to usher 4S and social studies of science into new forms of digital scholarship and shape the new modes of scholarly representation that it entails, while maintaining the high quality standards of scholarship for which 4S is known. We seek an editor who has deep respect for the peer-review publishing process and is eager to bring her or his reading, writing, and editing skills to the task of shaping the substance and presentation of diverse forms of scholarship in social studies of science.

Content will be organized into annual volumes, including work that represents the full range of 4S scholarship.

The Editor will be appointed for a 5-year term, which may be renewed.

The Editor 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.

Proposals are due by July 1, 2014.

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

The formal proposal should include the potential editor’s qualifications for the position, a preliminary vision statement for the journal and potential associated digital publications, committed institutional support for editorial work, and any outstanding questions that might require iterative communications with the Publications Committee and its chair.

Selection Process: The Publications Committee will review all proposals, and make a recommendation to the 4S Council and Executive Committee. Results of the selection process will be communicated to proposers no later than September 15, 2014.

Questions about the process of selecting the editor(s), or the editorial duties involved, should be addressed to the Chair of the Publications Committee, Kelly Moore kmoore11@luc.edu or to Gary Downey, 4S President, at downeyg@vt.edu. Applications should be submitted to Kelly Moore in electronic form only. People from groups underrepresented in the Society for Social Studies of Science are strongly encouraged to apply.

Editorial Duties

4S Open Access Journal