Instructions for Authors

Science Diplomacy Action is an incidental serial that will share rigorous syntheses of meetings relating to science diplomacy. The spirit of this serial is to be holistic (international, interdisciplinary and inclusive) in a manner that will be helpful to the future of our globally-interconnected civilization.

This serial is intended to integrate stakeholder perspectives, holistic evidence and governance records in a manner that reveals options (without advocacy), which can be used or ignored, with the goal of contributing to informed decision-making in our world. Informed decisions are at the summit, overlying options and evidence. The evidence itself is distilled from data, with observations and information integrated from questions at the earliest stage possible for stakeholder engagement, which is the reason for the meetings in the first instance.

The serial addresses an immediate and long-term need to publish rigorous syntheses and summaries of meetings associated with science and technology advice in government at all levels, especially among the foreign ministries of nations.   This need is reflected by the rapidly growing number of meetings that focus on science diplomacy as a holistic process of evidence integration to balance national interests and common interests for the benefit of all on Earth.  The value of these science-diplomacy meetings (or any meetings) is largely limited to those that attend.

Science Diplomacy Action recognizes this unrealized opportunity to extend value beyond the meetings by soliciting and publishing rigorous meeting syntheses.

SUBMITTING MEETING SYNTHESES:

As an incidental serial for rigorous meeting syntheses, the intention is to grow this serial in a manner that is both practical and helpful.  The standard for the publication in Science Diplomacy Action is represented by Synthesis No. 1 (September 1, 2017), which emerged from the 1st International Dialogue on Science and Technology Advice in Foreign Ministries in October 2016.

In a holistic (international, interdisciplinary and inclusive) manner – Science Diplomacy Action seeks syntheses to share questions, observations, information, data, evidence and options that contribute to informed decision-making about issues, impacts and resources across jurisdictions in our globally-interconnected civilization.  Science Diplomacy Action will operate as a rigorous publication with peer review, considering the overall quality, relevance and integrity of each submission.  Each accepted synthesis will be an authoritative outcome of the relevant meeting with an author point-of-contact and other meeting participants listed as co-authors with their approval.

Science Diplomacy Action is being published online (ISSN 2573‐976X) through the Science Diplomacy Center at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, with print versions (ISSN 2573‐9751) available upon request when hardcopy and mailing costs are covered.  Permission is granted by the Science Diplomacy Center for personal use.  Please contact Prof. Paul Arthur Berkman directly with questions or expressions of interest to publish your rigorous meeting synthesis:

Prof. Paul Arthur Berkman
Acting Director, Science Diplomacy Center
Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University
160 Packard Avenue, Medford, MA 02155 United States
(e) paul.berkman@tufts.edu (o) +1-617-902-8361
(w) http://sites.tufts.edu/sciencediplomacy  =  http://scidiplo.org