About the Journal

Aims and Scope

TATuP – Journal for Technology Assessment in Theory and Practice is peer reviewed and diamond open access, both online and in print. The journal sections with different article types cover the interdisciplinary field of technology assessment (TA). Its scope includes scientific research and practical as well as problem oriented findings from the interstices between technological innovation, social change and policy advice.  Neighboring and overlapping fields of research are, inter alia, systems analysis, risk assessment, practical ethics, sustainability and innovation studies, science and technology studies or foresight.

TATuP aims to create public outreach by addressing research findings and policy recommendations to transdisciplinary stakeholders. The concise form of peer-reviewed articles as well as the journal’s open access policy, web design, and print layout are fitted to this purpose.

Editorial materials in the journal cater primarily to members of the Network Technology Assessment as well as the wider TA community.

Geographic focus: The journal has a regional focus on Western Europe, particularly Germany, Austria and Switzerland, where technology assessment is a widespread approach to study dynamic relations between technological innovation and social change, including policy advice.

Technology assessment is also practiced in other countries, like the USA, and is gaining relevance in countries of the Global South. Since technological innovation and social change evolve in complex global constellations the journal also addresses international authors and readers.

Authors: TATuP addresses authors who seek to publish original research articles, book reviews, meeting reports, or any other content that fits into the journal's thematic profile and sections.

Languages: Articles are published in either German or English language, all research articles include English-language abstracts. 

Readers: With its inter- and transdisciplinary profile TATuP addresses readers from science, politics, business as well as practitioners concerned with technology assessment or socio-technical technology development. With its regional focus, the journal offers insights for international readers into research findings and discourses of technology assessment in some of the core countries of technological development.

Ownership: TATuP is owned, funded, managed, and edited by the Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS), the world’s largest institution for technology assessment located at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT).

Revenue sources: TATuP is financed by ITAS from its basic funds provided by the Program-Oriented Funding of the Helmholtz Association. Neither author processing charges (APCs) nor subscription fees apply (diamond open access).

Advertising: The institutional owner (ITAS) and the publishing house (oekom) decide together whether and which advertisements will be published in the journal. Advertisements are limited to a maximum of four pages in print per issue. By no means will advertisements influence journal content or editorial decision making. All advertisements will be kept separate from published content and will be clearly marked.

Publication Schedule: TATuP is published at regular intervals three times a year in printed and electronic form.

Journal history: TATuP has been published continuously since 1992:

  • 1992-2001 as “TA-Datenbank-Nachrichten” (ISSN 0943-8246).
  • 2002-2016 as “Technikfolgenabschätzung – Theorie und Praxis (TATuP)” (ISSN 1619-7623, eISSN 2199-9201).
  • Since 2017 the journal has been relaunched under its current name “TATuP – Journal for Technology Assessment in Theory and Practice” as a peer-reviewed open access journal.

ISSN: 2568-020X (Print), 2567-8833 (Online)

Copyright notice and licencing information: TATuP is an open access journal. If not otherwise indicated, all articles are published under the Creative Commons license CC BY 4.0. According to this CC license, TATuP contributions may be reprinted or otherwise distributed as long as the authors are credited and the complete bibliographical data are cited. Authors agree to publish their articles under the Creative Commons license CC BY 4.0 by giving their approval for publication in TATuP.

Full copyright as well as all other exploitation rights remain with the authors.

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