The Journal of Sociotechnical Critique

Journal launched in December 2020. A no-fee open-access peer-reviewed scholarly journal that seeks to support theoretically-engaged critical, public, and activist work at the intersections of philosophy of technology, internet studies, communications theory, library and information science, environmental ethics, and related fields. We welcome submissions on these topics from the international scholarly community looking at sociotechnical dynamics within any cultural and geographic context. Publishes peer-reviewed work in three categories: research articles, public scholarship and active research.

  • We hold that digital media and online culture call for new, agile social-critical theory that should be published quickly and without paywalls in order to ensure that high-quality research that takes place within swiftly-changing technological landscapes is available while it is as relevant and lively as possible, to as many readers as possible.
  • We hold that the divide between theory and practice is artificial; that the proper response to theoretical positions may be direct engagement or action and, conversely, that direct engagement or action can provide insight and understanding at a theoretical level.
  • We hold that public engagement and direct action can be a proper part of scholarship and research; that, as social-critical scholars, working on implementations is legitimate research activity for us just as it is for our colleagues in engineering.
  • We hold that insofar as scholarship makes normative claims about policy, public opinion, or contemporary activities or beliefs, it is a legitimate part of scholarship to engage directly with the public; that when we take up the task of bringing our scholarship to bear in public—rather than hoping it will be noticed by journalists or commentators, and that those journalists or commentators should happen to have ability, motivation, time, and commitment enough to understand and communicate it clearly—this is not a derivative or mere application of research, but is itself a productive scholarly act which increases knowledge, information, and impact just as does any other original research.
  • We hold that the purpose of emphasizing peer-reviewed work in tenure and promotion processes is to ensure that a candidate’s own scholarly community recognizes and certifies the value of the candidate’s work within the field, and that it is, therefore, our responsibility as social-critical scholars to inform tenure and promotion committees of the legitimacy of public and activist work in our area by ensuring that it can be represented in the form of peer-reviewed publications, so that this work appears rightly in the ‘research’ category of scholarly activity rather than being misrepresented as ‘service’.