Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, and Technoscience serves the expanding interdisciplinary field of feminist science and technology studies (STS) by supporting theoretically inventive and methodologically creative scholarship incorporating approaches from critical public health, disability studies, sci-art, technology and digital media studies, history and philosophy of science and medicine, and more.

Catalyst publishes peer-reviewed critically and theoretically engaged feminist STS scholarship that reroutes the gendered, queer, raced, colonial, militarized, and political economic beings and doings of technoscience. Its mission is to support innovation in feminist STS and related areas of study, as well as to provide a venue for the publishing of activist feminist and critical theory concerning matters of science, technology, information, medicine, media, and more.

A contribution that distinguishes Catalyst from other science studies journals is its emphasis on building, expanding, and applying theoretical insights from across the arts and humanities, the social sciences, and scientific practice. Featuring both empirical and hermeneutic essays and projects anchored in theory, Catalyst offers a place to collectively work across disciplines on gendered subjectivities and the uneven materializations of power across technoscientific assemblages of sex, race, nation, class, and ability.

The journal is designed to serve as a bridge linking new and more familiar sites of feminist technoscience study and practice, including STS programs at institutions such as York University and the University of California at San Diego, as well as multiple working groups and open forums such as the Catalyst Lab at UCSD, the Technoscience Salon supported by the University of Toronto’s Technoscience Research Unit, the international FemTechNet, and Life (Un)Ltd., a research initiative of the UCLA Center for the Study of Women (see Affiliations for details).

Catalyst is launched in solidarity with these initiatives and others for which at present there is a marked paucity of theory-focused peer-reviewed journals. Rather than taking up a progressivist model, joining what Barbara Christian (1988) has ironically called the “race for theory,” Catalyst  facilitates distributed chains of scholarly reactions yielding new work both synthesized from and transformative of feminist intellectual legacies. Taking as its model the chemical process from which it takes its name, our journal is reagentive, designed to promote reflexive constitution of the field over time through upstream (historical) and downstream (future) flows and unexpected points of conflux. 

Manuscripts submitted to Catalyst must be offered exclusively to Catalyst and must conform to APA style (2009 or later edition). Submission of a manuscript will be understood to mean that the work has not been published previously; that it has not been submitted for consideration for publication elsewhere; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors or contributors as well as by the submitting author. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.

This restriction pertains to original written articles. It does not always pertain to original art, photography, or media works submitted. Please use the comments box to communicate to the press relevant past, current, planned, or proposed publication or exhibition of visual, photography, sound, and media works submitted.  Relevant instances would include publication in journals or books in the field, or exhibitions of note that should be noted with published media works.

 

Section Policies

Original Research

Catalyst welcome submissions of up to 7,000 with an abstract and keywords of original research. Contributions will be considered from any relevant discipline, including history, literature, the arts, sociology, philosophy, bioethics, anthropology, psychology, feminism, linguistics, science studies, cultural studies, law, disability studies, art history, and visual studies.

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Image & Text Works

Catalyst welcomes submissions of mixed media works including visual essays, audio, and film accompanied by text of up to 5,000 words.

See guidelines below regarding the submission and publication of multimedia.

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Works in Progress

Catalyst accepts works in process up to 5,000 words for commentary and feedback. Contributions will be considered from any relevant discipline, including history, literature, the arts, sociology, philosophy, bioethics, anthropology, psychology, feminism, linguistics, science studies, cultural studies, law, disability studies, art history, and visual studies.

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Review Articles

Catalyst accepts Review articles of up to 5,000 words with an abstract and keywords.

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Critical Commentary

Catalyst accepts critical commentaries of up to 2,000 words each (by individuals or groups) on questions of pressing scholarly and political relevance, as well as comments on any works published in Catalysts .  Works published in this section are peer reviewed by the Editors.

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Critical Perspectives

Catalyst welcomes commentary or reflections of up to 2,000 words each  (by individuals or groups) on questions of pressing scholarly and political relevance. The journal also welcomes critical analyses of specific directions in the field with respect to their implications for established and developing avenues of feminist and critical approaches to systems of power and knowledge practices.  Work in this section goes through anonymous Peer Review.

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Case Reports and Responses

Catalyst welcomes reports of up to 1,000 words addressing case reports and responses to case reports.

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Book Reviews

Catalyst accepts reviews of up to 1,500 words of books in or relevant to the established domains of STS from disciplines including history, literature, the arts, sociology, philosophy, bioethics, anthropology, psychology, feminism, linguistics, science studies, cultural studies, law, disability studies, art history, and visual studies.

Editors
  • Rachel Lee
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Letters to the Editor

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Lab Meeting

Curated by editorial board members, this section invites interdisciplinary scholars to reflect and discuss an issue of mutual relevance related to science.

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News in Focus

Curated by editorial board members, this section invites interdisciplinary scholars to reflect and discuss news coverage of or newsworthy aspects of a scientific issue of mutual relevance.

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Peer Review Process

Catayst will be published twice a year. Most contributions to the departments of the journal are peer reviewed. Submissions should be made to the editors though the submission section of this website. The editorial board welcomes submissions at any time.

All peer reviewed submissions will be reviewed by peers who have appropriate knowledge and expertise to evaluate the works. The provisional timeline for the initial review is eight weeks.

Registration is required for all work with the journal, including contributions and reviews.

 

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

As an Open Access publication, Catalyst recognizes its contributors as the holders of copyright of their works. The contributor (author or artist) retains the right to all uses including reuse for commercial purposes. Usage of material published in Catalyst by all others is allowed for scholarly and educational purposes and not for commercial purposes. Scholarly and educational use is free. Other uses depend on the written permission of the contributor.

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration. More...