CfP: Research Policy: insights from Social Epistemology

DEADLINE: June 31, 2017 (issue on line expected December 2017)

"How do we best design social institutions for the advancement of learning?  The philosophers have ignored the social structure of science. The point, however, is to change it". Through this Marxian-flavoured plea, 27 years ago the philosopher Philip Kitcher invited philosophers to care about the social structure of science. Kitcher’s invitation had both a descriptive and a normative purpose, by aiming not only to understand how science works, but also how to modify and ameliorate its functioning.
Accepting Kitcher’s challenge, this special issue aims at making social epistemology interact with research policy, taking a critical-normative stance towards actual practices. In particular, it aims at bridging philosophical analysis with political concerns about research  policies, by including for example research evaluation, scientific communication funding, scientific careers, (inter)disciplinary organization.
We encourage references to relevant empirical literature, e.g. sociology and economics of science, bibliometrics, computational modelling. Papers providing and motivating some policy implications are favoured, although even other kinds of contributions (e.g. historical or analytical) may be considered for publication.
The special issue will be edited by Eugenio Petrovich ( and Marco Viola (

Roars Transactions (RT) is an electronic open-access, peer-reviewed journal. RT draws from the experience of (Return on Academic ReSearch), a collective blog (in Italian) dedicated to the monitoring and critical examination of  policy measures and trends in higher education and public research. RT aims at extending the blog’s scope and depth, by soliciting contributions worldwide and of a scholarly nature.
At the same time, RT wishes to maintain and enhance its characteristic of inter-disciplinarity, topical relevance, and openness.
Its high standards of quality are certified by its recent inclusion into the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).

HOW TO SUBMIT: in order to submit your paper, you need to register and login to the journal website (see Contributions must be written in English, with a maximum length of 50.000 characters (spacing and references included).