Since 1972, Science, Technology, & Human Values has provided a forum for cutting-edge research and debate in the field of Science and Technology Studies (STS). This is a collectively edited, peer-reviewed, transnational, interdisciplinary journal containing research, analyses and commentary on the development and dynamics of science and technology, with a focus on their relationship to politics, economy, society and culture.

ST&HV publishes and seeks to foster work that is politically and ethically engaged from scholars from across the social sciences and humanities. It is committed to publishing both field-defining and field-extending work, expanding the purview of the field into new areas, and intervening in a common set of conceptual and topical conversations. The journal publishes work that contributes to STS and makes a contribution with STS, emphasising that theory, method and practice unfold in situated assemblages.

To find out more about the journal, read it, or submit your research for consideration, please visit the publisher‘s website.

Special Issues 

The editorial group of Science, Technology, & Human Values (Kari Lancaster, Courtney Addison, Timothy Neale and Matthew Kearnes) announces the journal’s annual Call for Proposals for Special Issues.

The process for this Call for Proposals for Special Issues is:

  1. Interested scholars should submit a proposal to by 25 May 2023. All proposals should include a working title for the Special Issue; names, affiliations, and short biographies of guest editors (100 words each); a 800-word outline of the proposed Special Issue theme (approx. 400 words) and its significant contribution to the field of STS (approx. 400 words); and, the names and affiliations of 3-4 potential contributors. Proposals will be selected on the basis of: a) overall quality; b) the extent to which they represent a field-defining intervention in STS; c) their potential to attract a diverse range of contributions from scholars internationally. 
  2. In July 2023, the editors of ST&HV will choose one Special Issue proposal to proceed. The editors may also select and invite other proposals to proceed as shorter Thematic Collections if suitable.
  3. The editors of the selected Special Issue proposal(s) will issue an open call for further proposed articles on their theme, closing no earlier than 1 September 2023. A Special Issue will typically contain 7-8 research articles. Diversity of contributions from scholars internationally, and at different career stages, is encouraged.
  4. The guest editors of the selected Special Issue proposal(s) will submit the full Special Issue for peer review no later than 1 February 2024. Individual manuscripts should be no more than 8,000 words including endnotes and references. Articles that are accepted through peer review will subsequently appear OnlineFirst as ready before the publication of the Special Issue in full, anticipated in 2025.

All proposals and general inquiries should be sent in the first instance to Carolina Caliaba (Managing Editor) at Please submit your proposal by 25 May 2023.

You can find out more about ST&HV’s current submission requirements and style guide. For more on what constitutes a contribution to the field of STS, see the editor’s recent editorial: What is an STS Contribution Now?

Recent Publications

Making Futures by Freezing Life: Ambivalent Temporalities of Cryopreservation Practices

Veit Braun

Science, Technology, & Human Values, Volume 48, Issue 4, Page 693-699, July 2023.
The preservation of biological matter at extremely low temperatures has gained increasing importance in a broad range of life science fields...

Welcome to Whenever: Exploring Suspended Life in Cryopreservation Practices

Thomas Lemke

Science, Technology, & Human Values, Volume 48, Issue 4, Page 700-726, July 2023.
Cryopreservation practices have become increasingly important within contemporary life sciences in recent decades, opening up the perspective...

The Cold Futures of Mouse Genetics: Modes of Strain Cryopreservation Since the 1970s

Dmitriy Myelnikov

Science, Technology, & Human Values, Volume 48, Issue 4, Page 727-751, July 2023.
Cryopreservation, or the freezing of embryos or sperm, has become a routine part of many research projects involving laboratory mice. In this...

The Role of Vitrification in Spanish Reproductive Labs: A Cryo-revolution Led by Strategic Freezing

Sara Lafuente-Funes

Science, Technology, & Human Values, Volume 48, Issue 4, Page 752-776, July 2023.
Assisted reproductive technologies have expanded vastly and are frequently addressed using the language of revolution. The last two decades...

Cryovalues beyond High Expectations: Endurance and the Construction of Value in Cord Blood Banking

Ruzana Liburkina

Science, Technology, & Human Values, Volume 48, Issue 4, Page 777-804, July 2023.
Cryopreservation attracts attention as a practice grounded in high expectations: current life is suspended for future use—to generate life,...