Science, Technology and Innovation Studies research culture


Science, Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS) is a highly diverse interdisciplinary domain. It has numerous links with other domains, for example sociology, philosophy, history and bibliometrics. Researchers also frequently work with peers in domains beyond the social sciences and humanities, for example in medicine, nanotechnology or environmental science. STIS has various theoretical approaches and research traditions that employ a variety of different textual, historical and social science methods. In the Netherlands, the domain is organised by research school WTMC.


Target groups

STIS is international in orientation. In addition, scholars maintain close ties with professionals in the field and with the Dutch public in debates concerning science, technology and innovation. It has connections with policy consultants, medical practitioners and science museums. These connections are shaped by policy consultancy work, expert contributions to political discussions, books, articles in journals, essays in edited volumes, blogs and participation in public debates.


Products and communication

  • Academic publications take the shape of books and essays in edited volumes, as well as articles in Dutch and international journals. Many of the products are hybrid in nature and target both academic readers and broad groups of interested general readers.
  • International publications are in English. Publications in Dutch are also common. These tend to be hybrid publications intended for professional/academic and general readers.
  • Review processes are highly important in the context of international publications, usually in the form of peer reviews. Other review forms are also used, for example editorial reviews and expert reviews by partners in civil society.


Processes and strategies

  • Communication with professionals, but above all with a broad group of interested members of the public, is important. Researchers communicate by producing hybrid publications (including books), participating in public debates, writing articles in popular periodicals (e.g. weeklies) and literary media, and blogging, in addition to policy consultancy work and drafting advisory reports.
  • STIS researchers publish both ‘single-authored’ and ‘multiple-authored’ publications.


Domain-specific aspects of quality and relevance

Hybrid books, policy consultancy, participation in public debates, blogging, articles in popular periodicals such as weeklies and newspapers, catalogues and exhibitions.


Relevance of indicators for products

The WTMC panel has authorised various publication channels for journals and books. The multidisciplinary nature of STIS means that indicators authorised by other panels are also relevant. Link to lists


Relevance of quantitative indicators for use and marks of recognition

Much of the research conducted in STIS is published in indexed journals. Bibliometric indicators may therefore be useful, provided that the publication channels are indexed representatively for the relevant research subdomains.