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About the Journal

Aims and scope

Technologies have come to play a central role in human lives and societies. They help to shape how humans are born and die, learn and live, behave and are being treated, work and relax, have families and friendships, have power and are overpowered, build societies and engage in politics. Studying human-technology relations, therefore, requires a wide range of academic disciplines and subdisciplines in the humanities and the social sciences, ranging from Philosophy of Technology to Design Research, from Science and Technology Studies to Political Theory, from Ethics to Metaphysics, and from Human-Technology Interaction to Responsible Research and Innovation, and Artistic Research.

The Journal of Human-Technology Relations investigates human-technology relations from a wide variety of disciplines, with a basis in the Philosophy of Technology and in Science and Technology Studies. It welcomes both theoretical and empirical analyses of human-technology relations, as long as they contribute to a better understanding of the character, structure, and implications of the relations between humans, technologies, and societies.

JHTR is an electronic open access journal, hosted and sponsored by the University of Twente, The Netherlands. We welcome high-quality submissions from all disciplines relevant to study human-technology relations, regardless of the approach or school of thought from which they originate. The composition of the board of associate editors and the editorial advisory board reflects the variety of approaches from which human-technology relations can be investigated. All research articles and essays are subjected to double-blind peer review (author and reviewer anonymized).


The Journal of Human-Technology Relations publishes:

  • editorials: brief article as introduction to each edition of the journal, written either by the editorial board or by guest editors (maximum 5,000 words);
  • current affairs: short articles discussing topical issues and developments in technology and/or society with a clear link to human-technology relations, in the form of a news item, column, or any other brief format (maximum 2,000 words);
  • research articles: articles (including pictorials) presenting the results of original research (maximum 10,000 words); 
  • response articles: brief articles that discuss and comment on articles published previously (maximum 2,000 words);
  • student essays: articles that discuss the results of successful and innovative research done by Bachelor and Master students (maximum 5,000 words);
  • reviews: articles reviewing books, exhibitions, or performances related to human-technology relations (maximum 2,000 words)
  • book symposia:  articles in which up to four commentators critically discuss a recent and/or influential book, potentially with a reply by the author (maximum 10,000 words);
  • special issues: issues of the journal dedicated to a specific theme or topic, edited by a guest editor.

All word limits exclude references and endnotes.

Publication Ethics

JHTR aims to apply for COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) membership as soon as the journal has existed for one year. Until that moment we will act in the spirit of its guidelines when it comes to publication ethics.

Plagiarism Policy

JHTR actively checks all papers for plagiarism by the assigned editor and reviewers, and a software-based plagiarism check (Turnitin/SimCheck) can be performed additionally. Please ensure that all text in your manuscript is original and not published elsewhere. 

Open Access Policy 

The Journal of Human-Technology Relations is an open access journal licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. Anyone is free to share (copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format) and to adapt (remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially) under the following terms:

  • Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
  • No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

Article Processing Charges

Publishing in JHTR is completely free (Diamond Open Access), so neither Submission Charges nor Article Processing Charge are required from the authors. The resources needed to run the journal are covered by the University of Twente.

Publication Model

JHTR holds the Continuous Publication Model which means that the journal will publish an article for an issue as and when that article is accepted, rather than waiting for all articles intended for that issue to be ready.


JHTR will join the PKP Preservation Network to digitally preserve the journal. This LOCKSS programm offers decentralized and distributed preservation, seamless perpetual access, and preservation of the authentic original version of the content.


University of Twente will ensure that JHTR will be listed as soon as possible in the various indexing systems (like Google Scholar, Web of Science, Scopus and DOAJ) such that all published papers can (retroactively) be subject to impact evaluation. We also aim to apply for COPE membership.


Header image made by Buro ten Dam
Cover image made by Buro ten Dam


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