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 on articles and original research published in Catalyst.

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Critical Perspectives

Catalyst welcomes commentary or reflections of up to 2,000 words 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. 

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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.

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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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Digital Militarisms

Theme section published in Summer 2016

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Nothing/More: Black Studies and Feminist Technoscience

Manuscripts published for themed section in Fall 2016

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Science out of Feminist Theory

Manuscripts published for themed section in Fall 2017.

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The Processes of Imaging / The Imaging of Processes

Manuscripts published for themed section in Winter 2017.

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Illness Narratives, Networked Subjects, and Intimate Publics

Manuscripts published for themed section in Summer 2018.

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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...

 

Image & Media Guidelines

For all submissions, including original research and Image & Text works, all visual and media materials submitted need to be copyrighted to the submitting author or artist, or permissions for publication should be sought and received prior to publication. It is the responsibility of the author to secure permissions prior to submission.

SUBMISSION 

  • Images: Visual images (including photographs, diagrams, graphics, etc.) should be uploaded individually as .jpg or .tif files in the "supplementary files” section of the submission process.

  • Video: Our website cannot support video submission uploads. Time-based video should be submitted without author or artist name, if possible, and sent by emailing a secure file service sharing link to editor@catalystjournal.org.

  • Audio: Audio submissions should be uploaded in the "supplementary files" section as .mp3 or .wav files.

  • Alternative text and/or a transcript for all media files should be provided as a separate text file and also uploaded to the "supplementary files" section. Alternative text is designed to be read by screen readers during the peer review process and upon publication.

FOR PUBLICATION 

Image files must be provided at a minimum size of 5” wide at a resolution of 150dpi.  Images should be submitted as separate .jpg or .tif files (not merely embedded in Word or PDF documents).

All audio and video files will need to be uploaded by the author to a third-party website (such as Vimeo or SoundCloud); this step will be described in further detail with the editorial staff upon acceptance.

Authors are responsible for providing closed captions and/or transcripts for all images, audio, or moving images. There are open source captioning resources available

Further guidelines regarding the submission and publication of multimedia may be provided during review. Please contact the editorial staff at editor@catalystjournal.org with questions.

 

 

Affiliations


Catalyst Lab

A visual theory and documentation practice initiative based in University of California, San Diego Department of Visual Arts, Catalyst Lab supports collaborations focusing on art, science, technology, and media with emphases in feminist and critical visual theory and in experimental documentary practice. The lab is currently home to the Catalyst journal. The director of Catalyst Lab is editorial board Lisa Cartwright.


Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S)

The largest association bringing together scholars on science and technology across disciplines and national boundaries, 4S supports scholarly interchange through its annual meetings, primary publication Science, Technology, & Human Values, and a new open-access, peer-reviewed journal whose launch date is TBA. 4S also honors the distinguished work of its scholars through several career, book, and paper prizes. 


FemTechNet

Catalyst is a node to the international collective FemTechNet, which sponsors events like “Storming Wikipedia” and develops DOCCs as alternate course structures to challenge the dominant MOOC model in online education. Driven by theoretical convictions, FemTechNet’s aim is to apply theory through feminist action in technologically mediated spaces, engendering digital practices and women and girls and thus encouraging their participating in the making of global digital archives.


Ada: A Journal of Gender, New Media, and Technology

A production of the Fembot CollectiveAda is an online, multimodal, peer-reviewed journal organized around feminist perspectives and focusing on digital media, emerging technology and the cultural study of technology. The collective itself brings together international feminist media scholars, artists, and professionals to encourage experiments in feminist media and technology practice.   


Politics of Evidence Working Group

The Politics of Evidence Working Group at York University is a coalition of academics, scientists, and activists formed in 2014 that seeks challenge the fraught politics of evidence in Canada. The Working Group organizes a range of activities including events, campaigns, and workshops in order to raise public awareness and to challenge existing barriers to research and the dissemination of research findings. The Working Group is convened by editorial board member Natasha Myers.


Science Studies Program, University of California, San Diego

Established in 1989 and housed in the Departments of Communication, History, Philosophy, and Sociology, the Science Studies Program trains graduate students in the wider field of science and technology studies, but has recently included a minor for undergraduates. The program integrates ideas and methods from its home departments while also training students at the professional level in one of those disciplines. The current director of Science Studies is editorial board member Martha Lampland.


Photomediations Machine

Photomediations is an open-access, curated online space showcasing and archiving theoretical and practical work that take up a process-based approach to image making. A sister project to the Culture MachinePhotomediations emphasizes the active, processual flows of photography that implicate human and nonhuman actors alike.  


Goldsmith Press

Goldsmith Press is a digital first academic publisher with an orientation towards postgraduate students. Publishing text and digital monographs as well as audio and visual materials alongside its existing platform, Goldsmiths iTunes U, Goldsmith Press intervenes in and contributes to digital publishing and its attendant issues of access. 


Trans-Scripts

A student-run interdisciplinary journal based at the University of California, Irvine, Trans-scripts is an open-access online journal whose annual themes invite cutting-edge, political, and critical theory-led research. The student editorial board as well as faculty advisors come from varied disciplines in the humanities and social sciences, including but not limited to English, Anthropology, History, Critical Theory, Comparative Literature, Political Science, Women’s Studies, African-American Studies, Criminology, and Philosophy.


Technoscience Salon

Technoscience Salon launched in 2008 and is supported by the Technoscience Research Unit (TRU) at the University of Toronto. An open forum headed by our editorial board members Michelle Murphy, at the University of Toronto, and Natasha Myers, at York University, the salon supports collaborations and conversations between community of thinkers and practitioners in science and technology studies.


The Technoscience Research Unit

Since 2007, the Technoscience Research Unit (TRU) at the University of Toronto has been a hub for critical and creative research on the politics of technoscience. Located in the Women and Gender Studies Institute and directed by editorial board member Michelle Murphy, the TRU’s research agenda draws together feminist, postcolonial, anti-racist, queer, ecological, political economic, and social justice approaches to science and technology studies. The TRU hosts conferences, supports reading and working groups, and co-organizes the monthly forum Technoscience Salon.


Life (Un)Ltd

A research initiative of the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, Life (Un)Ltd brings together scholars from race and postcolonial studies, feminist and queer theory, and science and technology studies to develop interdisciplinary, feminist approaches to studying the ethics and practicalities of bioscientific research. The director of Life (Un)Ltd is editorial board member Rachel Lee.

 

Mission Statement

Catalyst invites and seeks to support creative, critical research in multiple platforms: text, image-text essays, video works, sound projects, and so on. This presents opportunities for collectively exploring modes of access. Without making assumptions about the individual needs of our readers, editors, and authors, we recognize the demands entailed by a commitment to disability politics. Demands are political and do not lend themselves to easy and definite closures.

At Catalyst, accessibility constitutes both an aim and intellectual concern. Access is not determined beforehand by the journal’s editorial board and research assistants. Rather accessibility is an ongoing project formed through the laborious intersections of discussion, trial, failure, and collaboration that emerge in dialogues between readers, authors, editors, and the site developers who are building the journal from Open Journal Systems, an open source academic publishing software that is locally controlled and developed by Catalyst.

We invite prospective authors to think about access imaginatively, to think about how they might incorporate and even go beyond our journal’s access guidelines which are briefly described in the Section Policies. In short, we invite prospective authors to envision how access is ultimately a fundamental aspect of re-presenting their work. We also strongly invite our readers to provide input and critique about the journal’s exhibition and archiving of scholarship through emails, comments, or other communicative means of engagement. These invitations mean that, for Catalyst, access will remain an on-going project, a reflexive, collaborative, and distributed effort in digital and disability design.