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Author Guidelines

Catalyst welcomes submissions of original essays and mixed media works into established domains of STS. The journal also welcome commentary on questions of pressing current relevance, and 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. We also welcome critical reflections from outside the STS field, especially from perspectives that are less commonly represented in existing STS scholarship.

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.

Details on the style guide can be found under Section Policies; Catalyst is committed to the politics of access. Read more about how this has informed our style guide in the Mission Statement.

Special Section Proposals

Catalsyt does not publish special issues but welcomes submissions of concepts for special sections of issues. We note a few of the key protocols:
  • Themed sections in most cases should include an open CFP, and may not be limited to selected participants only.
  • A journal board member selected by the editorial board will be assigned to each special section accepted for consideration. 
  • All essays submitted, including those submitted with special themed sections, must pass through anonymous peer review before acceptance. Acceptance of a special themed section does not guarantee acceptance of articles proposed for it. 
Catalyst is not a for-profit entity. The journal does not provide funding for article or issue development.

Style Guide 


The journal allows for translations of published materials, but original publications use standard American English. The journal uses as our source of reference the Merriem-Webster dictionary. 


Names of countries (e.g. United States, European Union) should be spelled out on their first use and abbreviated thereafter (e.g. US, EU), except when used as an adjective (e.g. US correspondent). Names of institutions, groups, and political parties (e.g. National Science Foundation) should also be spelled out on their first use and abbreviated thereafter (e.g. NSF).


Spell out contractions (e.g. don’t, can’t) unless used for rhetorical effect. 


Film, journal, book titles named in the paper should be italicized. Article titles are placed in quotation marks. The author must indicate whether italicized words or phrases in quotes are original or result from their own emphasis. Foreign words should be italicized. 

Dates and numbers

2 December 1964 (no commas)

1970s, 1980s

Do not use hyphens between dates (e.g. “from 1940 to 1945,” “between 1980 and 1981”)

nineteenth century, twentieth century, twenty-first century 

nineteenth-century, twentieth-century (when dates are used as adjectives)

whole numbers from one to ninety-nine (in words, except when in series of quantities); numbers followed by “million,” “billion,” etc. should be in figures (e.g. 6 billion)

numbers expressed as percentages should be in figures (e.g. 11%, 20%), except when starting a sentence

numbers preceding abbreviations should be in figures (e.g. 51kg, 4lb), except when starting a sentence

Figures and Tables

Figures and tables should be flushed left and include captions at the bottom:

Figure 1: Caption

Table 1: Caption

Quotations, Citations, and References 

Our journal follows the American Psychological Association style, using as its reference the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, (6th ed., 2nd printing). An excellent source for examples can be found at

  • Short quotations should include author name, date, and page or paragraph number (“p.” for one page, “pp.” for multiple).

John Doe (year) states, “quotation” (p.#) 

“xxxxxxxxx” (Last name, year, pp.#)

  • Quotations four lines or longer should be placed in block quotes. 





xxxxxx. (Last name, year, p.#)

  • References should be at the end of the document. 

Article: DOI optional; if online journal, include link at the end 

Author, A. A., Author, B. B., & Author, C. C. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number), pages. 

Author, A. A. (Year). Title of article. Title of Periodical, volume number(issue number). Retrieved from link

News or magazine article: add link to end of reference if online source

Author, A. A. (Year). Title of article. Title of Newspaper or Article, pages. 


Author, A. A. (Year of publication). Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle. Location: Publisher.

Chapter in Edited Book:

Author, A. A. (Year of publication). “Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle.” In B. Author & C. Author (Eds.), Title of work: Capital letter also for subtitle (page numbers of chapter). Location: Publisher.




Copyright Notice

Authors and artists who publish with Catalyst agree to the following terms:

(a) The author(s) or artist(s) retain the copyright and rights to all uses of their work, including reuse for commercial purposes.

(b) The author(s) or artist(s) grant Catalyst a license to publish their work in Catalyst.

(c) The author(s) or artist(s) grant the right for this work to be distributed 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 author or artist.

(d) In cases of first publication, the author will mention Catalyst as a source whenever the author later republishes the article on other platforms.


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