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Author Guidelines

NJSTS welcomes the following types of papers:

Research article: (4 000 - 10 000 words)

The NJSTS welcomes empirical, theoretical, and methodological research articles that advance the field of Science and Technology Studies. The articles should follow the rules of scientific publishing, meaning that they cannot have been previously published nor be in another journal for consideration. NJSTS uses a double-blind peer review process for research articles. 

Book review or review essay (1 000 - 2 000 words)

Book reviews are meant to review a single published work, a theme issue, collected volume, exhibitions, or other related outputs. NJSTS also accepts review essays on a specific topic, where several works can be reviewed under one heading. 

Opinion piece (1 000 - 4 000 words)

Opinion pieces are meant as short commentaries that take up either points related to previously published work in NJSTS (criticism or supplementary commentary) or specific issues regarding topics treated by NJSTS. These will not be peer reviewed but can be subject to editorial editing and treatment.

 

Guidelines

Please follow the author guidelines below in order to have your paper considered for peer-review and publication:

1. Create an author account

In order to submit through our online submission system, you need to register to create an author account. Use the Register link at the top of the home page. All communication, revisions and submissions will go through the system.

2. Preparing the manuscript

Please ensure that the following guidelines have been followed in your paper:

- The submission file is in Microsoft Word or OpenOffice file format.

- The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).

- All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points.

- Authors should also provide a short biography of up to 100 words, entered directly in the journal system website.

 - Research articles must be sent ready for peer review, which means they should be anonymised and proofread before the manuscript is submitted. 

 - Research articles should have an abstract of maximum 300 words and a list of up to five keywords before the main text of the article.

- Book reviews should start with the title of the work; names of authors or editors; publisher; and year. 

 3. Submitting the manuscript

Please submit the manuscript through the online submission system. Each step in the process is detailed in the submission system.

4. Style and Format Guidelines for authors
The manuscripts should use Chicago style. For a quick guide to Chicago style practices please see: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/16/contents.html


Before submitting your article please be sure that:

• Every citation has a reference, and every reference is cited.

• Acronyms, abbreviations, and jargon are defined, unless they are well-known (such as FBI) or in the dictionary or Chicago manual. 

• Include a citation followed by colon when citing a specific page, (e.g., Piaget 1980: 74).

•Page ranges use en dash, are abbreviated.

• Spell out numbers one to ninety-nine; spell out rounded numbers after one hundred.

•Spell out centuries (e.g., twentieth century); spell out percent.

• Hyphenate written-out fractions: “one-third of the participants”.

• In titles, don’t capitalize prepositions or coordinating conjunctions (e.g., and, but).

• Cap the first word after a colon only with two or more sentences, or when it introduces a block quote.

• Footnotes in tables can be (1) source notes (e.g, Sources: Data from Adams1998); (2) Or explanations and definition such as UV = ultraviolet. In table text, superscript notes as a, b, c. Do not superscript letters in notes section.

• Please include all authors’/editors’ names not “et al.,” unless it appears that way in the publication.

• In citations, list only first author followed by “et al.” [e.g., (Sechzer et al. 1996, 243) In references, list up to 10 authors; if more, list first 7 and “et al.”

• For references follow the standard format.

References

Journal article
Smith, J. R. 2001. Reference style guidelines. Journal of Guidelines 4 (2): 2-7 [or 4:2–7].

Book
Smith, J. R. 2001. Reference style guidelines. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Chapter in a book
Smith, J. R. 2001. Spell out numbers one through ninety-nine. In Reference style guidelines, edited by R. Brown, 155–62. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Editor (instead of author) of a book
Smith, J. R., ed. 2001. Reference style guidelines. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Dissertation (unpublished)
Smith, J. R. 2001. Reference style guidelines. PhD diss., University of California, Los Angeles.

Paper presented at a symposium or annual meeting
Smith, J. R. 2001. A citation for every reference, and a reference for every citation. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Reference Guidelines Association, St. Louis, MO, January.

Online
Smith, J. R. 2001. Reference style guidelines. In MESH vocabulary file [database online]. Bethesda, MD: National Library of Medicine. [cited 3 October 2001]. Available from www.sagepub.com. 

Peer Review Process

NJSTS uses a double-blind peer review process. A submission will typically be reviewed by two qualified peers with knowledge about the relevant theory and/or empirical situation described. Reviewers are asked to focus on the validity of the substantial arguments of the articles, rather than picking theoretical fights or discarding the arguments because of minor methodological gripes. We aim to have first editorial decision within two weeks after submission, and reviews done within 8-10 weeks after that - basically, to give you a peer review within two and a half months after you have submitted. We are lucky enough to have a large network of scholars with a wide area of expertise that we can go to recruit reviewers.

Article Processing Charge (APC)

As the journal is run on a volunteer basis without a funding source, we kindly request all published authors to apply to their universities/departments to cover an APC of 5500 NOK (≈565€). This is used to run the journal (graphical artist, web-hosting etc.) NJSTS is a non-profit journal, and no editors receive salary nor payment. Please contact the journals administrator tanja.plasil@ntnu.no for information.

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