Message posted on 10/11/2022

Call for Associate Editors at Social Studies of Science

Dear colleagues,

The editorial team at Social Studies of Science invites applications for new Associate Editors. To help maintain SSS as a venue for showcasing scholarship of the highest quality in science and technology studies, we seek scholars who are deeply engaged in the field and have experience with editorial work. We anticipate appointing three or four new Associate Editors to start sometime during 2023.

Associate Editors at SSS are responsible for handing the peer review process for manuscripts assigned to them by the Editors. This process involves identifying and inviting appropriate reviewers, making editorial decisions based on reviews received, and providing guidance to authors about which suggestions they should attend to when making revisions. Associate Editors handle approximately a dozen manuscripts per year (requiring an average of two hours of work per week) and receive a $1000 USD honorarium annually for their service.

We will evaluate candidates based on four criteria:

  1. Research excellence in STS. Candidates should have an established track record of high- quality work in the field of STS and should be at least five years post PhD.
  2. Relevant experience. Candidates should have experience relevant to editorial work, which may include service as an editor or regular reviewer in STS journals, grant review panel service, mentorship of STS graduate students, or freelance developmental editing.
  3. Diversity of professional networks. Candidates located in countries/institutions and engaged with professional networks that are not well represented in the current editorial team will be given priority.
  4. Diversity of research expertise. Candidates specializing in research methods, empirical topics, and geographic areas of study that are not well represented in the current editorial team will be given priority.

In addition to these criteria, we seek to recruit some candidates who have the capacity to serve in the role of Editor in the future. The journal anticipates recruiting a new Editor to serve alongside current Editor Nicole Nelson beginning in the fall of 2024. SSS has a history of appointing Editors who have first served as Associate Editors, providing continuity in the journals leadership structure. We recognize that not all qualified Associate Editor candidates will have the interest or institutional support needed to be able to serve as Editor, and this is not a required criterion for applicants.

For consideration, candidates should submit a CV and a cover letter addressing the criteria outlined above to by January 10, 2023. Candidates are encouraged to speak to current Editors Nicole Nelson ( and Sergio Sismondo ( before applying.

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Nicole Nelson, PhD (she/hers) Department of Medical History and Bioethics University of Wisconsin--Madison Editor, Social Studies of Science

Model Behavior: Animal Experiments, Complexity, and the Genetics of Psychiatric Disorders

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