Launched on 15 November 2011, the Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective (SERRC; ISSN 2471-9560) provides an open access forum for intellectual inquiry and dialogue concerning issues of knowledge, society, science, technology, politics, economics, and ecology. To date, we have published over 900 pieces—115 posts in 2019—from scholars located throughout the world representing numerous academic disciplines—philosophy, sociology, and Science and Technology Studies (STS) most prominently. On average, we publish twice a week. Contributions to the SERRC keep to the highest standards of academic scholarship in the humanities and social sciences. Please refer to our Site Bibliography to get a sense of the quality, depth, and scope of our work.
The SERRC stands uniquely among scholarly publishing outlets. We are not a conventional open-access journal. Our submissions undergo both editorial and public peer review. Public peer review consists of soliciting and publishing responses and dialogues from the scholarly community on our content. While not all of our content calls for or receives public review, we maintain an editorial policy of actively seeking responses to and continuing dialogues on our posts whenever possible and appropriate. We find this form of review fair, estimable, and generative. In many instances, public review leads to insightful and significant discussions and dialogues. Often these discussions and dialogues lead to further scholarly collaborations that result in traditional peer-reviewed articles, chapters, books, and edited volumes. The great majority of the SERRC’s content either receives public review or reviews published work.
On average for the last five years, the SERRC receives 215 views a day and, so, 6,450 views a month. We enjoy an international readership. Aside from the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia, we receive much of our traffic from Germany, India, the Netherlands, Russia, Brazil, the Philippines, Italy, France, Mexico, and Spain. We have received at least 1000 views from 50 different countries.
Our content originates primarily from three sources: 1) We solicit replies, and promote dialogues, on articles published in the journal Social Epistemology; 2) We solicit reviews, and promote dialogues, on books and articles that address issues related to knowledge, society, science, and technology; 3) We solicit contributions to projects either developed by the community affiliated with the SERRC or by interested colleagues.
We are also an academic blog. We publish editorials, commentaries, interviews, and provocations that explore knowledge as a social phenomenon.
The SERRC invites thoughtful and timely responses to issues occupying both the academic arena and the wider public square. We speak to international and global concerns. We contribute to a unique, dynamic, and interdependent publishing assemblage with the journal Social Epistemology (Routledge), edited by Georg Theiner (email@example.com), and with the book series “Collective Studies in Knowledge and Society” (Rowman & Littlefield International), edited by Jim Collier (firstname.lastname@example.org). Through these interactive outlets, we endeavor to reimagine and grow scholarly work in uncommon, productive, and powerful ways. The contemporary pursuit of knowledge requires a critically refined perspective and reflexive care regarding the practices of writing and publishing.
The SERRC supports novel and advanced forms of intellectual expression and scholarly publication that remix and revitalize the public value, reception, and purpose of academic research. We encourage collaborative dialogues on published articles. We review, and conduct roundtables on, books that address the social and political dimensions of knowledge from various disciplines and schools of thought. We lend a nimble independent platform for original research, scholarship, commentary, and judgment on cultural and policy-related issues. We venture well beyond the disciplinary boundaries of social epistemology to consider new research and concepts. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we want to nourish, network, and amplify the work of early-career scholars who might find the traditional academic terrain somewhat … unyielding.
All of our different long-running and one-off projects can be found through the options on the Main Menu above and on the Pages Menu on the right-hand side.
The SERRC’s editorial staff is:
Jim Collier (email@example.com), Virginia Tech (US), Founder and Managing Editor;
Eric Kerr (firstname.lastname@example.org), National University of Singapore (SG), Book Review Editor;
Adam Riggio (email@example.com), Royal Crown College (CA), Special Topics Editor.
Fair Open Access Principles
The SERRC is an independent publishing platform managed by the editorial staff and the members of the Review and Reply Collective. We are not corporately owned or funded. Jim Collier (firstname.lastname@example.org) pays fees to WordPress for registering the domain, upgrading space, removing ads, and custom designing the CSS.
The SERRC retains ties to the journal Social Epistemology (Routledge) and to the book series “Collective Studies in Knowledge and Society” (Rowman & Littlefield International). These ties are not financial; rather, the SERRC regularly addresses and contributes content to these outlets.
Authors of articles retain copyright to their work.
We abide by Creative Commons, Attribution (CC BY) principles: “Licensees may copy, distribute, display and perform the work and make derivative works and remixes based on it only if they give the author or licensor the credits (attribution) in the manner specified by these.” This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Submission and publication to the SERRC is not conditional on the payment of a fee from the author or its employing institution, or on membership of an institution or society.
If you would like to participate in any of our efforts, or join the SERRC, we want to work with you. Please get in touch with us via email (email@example.com), at Facebook, and at @ReplyCollective.
We realize knowledge together.