Engaging Science, Technology, and Society

Open Access Community Investment Program Participant

Engaging Science, Technology, and Society

Engaging Science, Technology, and Society is participating in the LYRASIS Open Access Community Investment Program (OACIP). The program's goal is to help match libraries, consortia, funding agencies, departments and other prospective scholarly publishing funders with non-profit publishers and journal editorial boards that are seeking financial investments to sustain or transition journals to Open Access (OA) publishing through a non-APC model.

About Engaging Science, Technology, and Society

Engaging Science, Technology, and Society (ESTS) is a peer-reviewed, Diamond Open Access journal of the Society for the Social Studies of Science (4S) in the United States. It is published by the society on an instance of Public Knowledge Project’s Open Journal Systems.

The journal is known as a venue for cultivating, evaluating, and sharing cutting-edge research in the social studies of science, technology, and medicine in transnational contexts. ESTS publishes peer reviewed research articles, thematic collections, and a wide variety of short-form writing aimed at engaging both scholarly as well as broader audiences. An ethos of experimentation and engagement with diverse topics and audiences sets the journal apart in the field. They want to extend ESTS’s OA infrastructure, by making it a space for experimentation (through e.g. data sharing, open peer review, and collaborative writing), in order to explore the full potential of OA scholarship.

Through OACIP, ESTS seeks support to enhance its infrastructural contributions to open access publishing and data sharing, and its abilities to editorially support its increasingly diverse community of authors, reviewers, and readers. Incoming contributions will be used to cover approximately half of the journal's annual operating costs, develop an operating reserve, and the costs for administering the OACIP program. This is $40,000 per year for five years.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Impact

ESTS has sought to support diverse forms of publication since its inception now offering the possibility of publishing across seven different categories of long-form and short-form writing, publishing not only research articles, but also aiming to foster a wide range of publications that could reflect on the scholarly field of STS as well as make the field relevant to broader audiences.

The new editorship has been developing a transnational strategy which is just beginning to show early impacts in relation to publication data. The editorship itself is also highly diversified. The editorial team of the journals includes members from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, India, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The journal's editorial board is even more diverse, it presently includes 31 globally distributed scholars across various career stages.

The labor it takes to publish the journal is now measured and can enable the journal to estimate its annual output by issue modeling. This process helps gain insights into making this process for authors more equitable in terms of fairly distributing labor costs at a range of academic career levels.

Investment Criteria

Each OACIP participant completes a standardized form which asks for the criteria that libraries and other investors require in order to make investment decisions. These criteria will provide transparency around issues important to investors in this space.

Funding Goal

Funding Goal: $40,000 annually for five years

Funds committed: $2,500 annually for five years

Funding needed: $37,500 annually for five years

Funding deadline: July 31, 2023

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Funding Tiers

Five-year commitments are being sought for annual contributions at the tiered levels below:

Support Level

U.S. Classification (Carnegie Classification-Basic)

Canada Classification (CRKN Bands)

Recommended Support(US$)


Baccalaureate/Associate's; Associate’s; Special Focus 4-year; Special Focus 2-Year; Tribal Colleges & Universities; Academic Departments

Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5



Master’s; Baccalaureate

Bands 6, 7, 8, 9




Bands 10, 11, 12, 13



Special Programs; Supporting Organizations; Funding Agencies; Consortia

Special Programs; Supporting Organizations; Funding Agencies; Consortia


The Engaging Science, Technology, and Society Funding Community

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Swarthmore College
  • University of Pennsylvania



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