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Issues in Science and Technology publishes articles that analyze and provide original perspectives on current topics in science and technology policy. These articles recommend actions by government, industry, academia, and individuals to solve pressing problems. The pages of Issues are open to anyone who can write an informed, well-reasoned, and policy-relevant article. We are open to a variety of authorial styles and voices, so long as articles are analytically rigorous and written for educated but nonspecialist readers.
We publish Feature articles of 4,000 to 5,000 words and Perspective essays of 2,000 to 2,500 words. With room for greater depth and analysis, our longer Feature essays can cover key science and technology policy issues more comprehensively, for example by presenting real-world, insider stories about how problems are being addressed and solved; laying out the evidence for emerging societal challenges; or exploring a range of effective policy options to help make progress on politically challenging problems. Perspective essays are more focused: they tend to provide insight into particular problems and argue for specific policy actions.
We are happy to consider articles at various stages of development, from brief pitches to more detailed (two- or three-page) outlines or proposals that explain the problem or issue to be discussed, sketches the structure of the analysis, and summarizes conclusions and recommendations for implementation. While we also consider submissions of complete manuscripts, we prefer to work with authors as they develop and write their articles.
Although we accept submissions of completed manuscripts, we prefer that authors begin by submitting a two- or three-page outline or proposal that explains the problem or issue to be discussed, sketches the structure of the analysis, and provides as much detail as possible about the conclusions and recommendations, specifying who should do what. We will respond to discuss the outline so that you will have some feedback before preparing a draft manuscript.
Manuscripts are carefully edited by Issues editors, working closely with authors, to assure clarity, accessibility, and effectiveness. Before writing an article, we encourage all prospective authors to peruse a sampling of past articles from Issues to get a sense of analytical approaches and writing styles that are appropriate, as well as publication format.
Issues articles do not use footnotes or embedded citations, but we encourage authors to include references in their submitted drafts to facilitate fact-checking. Feature articles may include a list of five to ten “Recommended Readings.”
As appropriate, we are also able to include figures, graphs, and tables in our articles. Authors are responsible for obtaining necessary permission for any republication of figures and for providing data so that graphs can be redrawn in our style.
Issues is committed to fostering open, analytically rigorous debate on key science and technology policy dilemmas of the day. To that end, we publish a lively Forum section in which experts respond to essays in the previous issue. To submit a Forum letter of approximately 500 words on any topic covered in the magazine, email [email protected].
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