Khandekar, Aalok, Duygu Kaşdoğan, Alberto Morales Ramirez, Noela Invernizzi, and Martín Pérez Comisso. 2018. "STS Publications." In STS Across Borders Digital Exhibit, curated by Aalok Khandekar and Kim Fortun. Society for Social Studies of Science. August. http://stsinfrastructures.org/content/sts-publications-1
The STS Publications digital collection showcases a wide variety of scholarly journals that publish STS research. The collection is not meant to be a comprehensive repository of all “STS” journals; rather we have aimed to showcase the diversity of orientations, contexts, and infrastructures that are shaping contemporary STS scholarship. In all, the collection features 13 journals, additionally, we have also borrowed digital collections focused on East Asian Science, Technology, and Society: An International Journal (EASTS) and Science & Technology Studies, which have been prepared independently for the STS Across Borders digital collection by other exhibitors. We discuss our methodology and potential limitations further in the “Elaborations” section, for now, we note that this is very likely the only such repository focused on STS Publications. Based on our reading of this collection, we offer here a few tentative observations about emerging trends and challenges for STS academic journals with the goal of broadening the vision for STS (in keeping with the sensibility that orients STS Across Borders), and toward orienting future iterations of this digital collection.
We reflect on four ideas in particular: the emergencce of several new STS journals, the emergence of new writing genres across many STS Publications, issues of opening access to STS scholarship, as well as possibilities for leveraging the regional, linguistic, and intelletucal pluralism that characterizes the field of STS writ large.
The STS Publications digital collection features a somewhat idiosyncratic sampling of different journals that regularly publish STS scholarship. The basis of this collection is a survey that was circulated to journal editors in a list that Aalok Khandekar had compiled: the list is far from complete, and we invite the STS community to help populate it further. An invitation to participate in the survey was also circulated in 4S’s monthly newsletter, Technoscience, by Kim Fortun in May 2018. Noela Invernizzi and Martín Pérez Comisso worked to translate the survey into Spanish and Portuguese, and circulate the survey further among Latin American STS journal editors. In all, we showcase 13 responses to the survey: these are variously featured in the STS Publications digital collection--sometimes as unedited responses published in their entirety, at other times more selectively as quotes, and merely as orienting devices for particular digital at other times still. Some digital collections, such as those focused on Engineering Studies and Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience are more detailed, while others, such as those on many of the Latin American journals present information only very briefly. Our engagement with different publications has depended on everything from the depth of responses to our survey, our greater familiarity with certain publications more than others, and to the time available to different contributors--all of whom have been working on this digital collection in addition to their everyday professional responsibilities. Thus, it isn’t even our intention to claim any degree of comprehensiveness for this digital collection; we nonetheless hope to have succeeded in showcasing the richly diverse field of STS journals: journals that vary in their missions and visions for scholarship, the genre forms and languages in which they publish, the modes of access that characterize them, and the material and scholarly infrastructures that support them.