Editing a Special topic in TATuP

Please find our current Call for Special topic editors here!

Submit your proposals for a TATuP Special topic by sending your abstract of max. 2.5 pages in English language to redaktion@tatup.de. It should include

  • the provisional title for the Special topic,
  • names and institutional affiliations of cooperating Special topic editors,
  • a statement on the relevance of the Special topic for the journal’s TA profile (e.g. problem oriented research, interdisciplinarity, methods, international perspectives, policy advice etc.),
  • a statement on the scientific added value and the central research questions that contributing authors should address,
  • the disciplines, or scientific communities addressed by the Special topic.

Every issue of TATuP features a "Special topic" section containing a number of thematically related research articles with high significance for the field of technology assessment, for example new technologies and their applications, theories, or methods of technology assessment.

Proposals for Special topics will be evaluated by the journal's editorial board on the basis of their originality and relevance for the journal.

The "Special topic" section explores a specific field of technology assessment with around six peer-reviewed research articles from different disciplinary perspectives. The editorial process begins about 12 months prior to publication with an open call for abstracts to recruit potential authors.

The "Special topic" features prominently on the journal’s cover, with a headline and an illustration and it receives its own DOI. This means that the Special topic with you as Special topic guest editor gains high visibility in the journal and is bibliographically referenced in the journal and associated data bases.

Profile, Tasks and Responsibilities of Special topic guest editors

"Special topic" guest editors are qualified by their scientific expertise in a specific field of technology assessment. TATuP particularly welcomes teams whose members are based at different universities and/or non-university research institutes or who work in different disciplines. The guest editors hold authority over the scientific content of the journal section "Special topic" for one issue: this involves authoring the call for abstracts, evaluating submitted abstracts, selecting authors to submit a full research article and authoring an introductory chapter to the "Special topic". The selected research articles as well as the introductory chapter may be published in English or German. In cooperation with the journal’s editorial team, the guest editors manage the editorial process, including the review process together with the external reviewers, until the final acceptance/rejection decision.

Please check the archive for a list of past TATuP Special topics!