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About STEPS

STEPS (Science, Technology, and Engineering Policy Studies) magazine is the technical publication of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, where scholarly articles of broad interest are published for the policy studies communities. We welcome original article submissions including, but not limited to the following:

  • Discussions of policies that either promote or impede S&T research
  • Articles that address implications and/or consequences of S&T advances on national or international policies and governance
  • Articles that introduce or review a topic or topics in science, technology, or engineering, including considerations of potential societal impacts and influences
  • Articles that cover historical developments in science, technology, and engineering, or policies related thereto, and lessons learned or implications going forward
  • Non-partisan opinion pieces concerning policies relevant to S&T, to include S&T research trends or research opportunities, and the role of national policies to promote or modify those trends and opportunities

STEPS promotes the mission of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies, which fosters discussions on science and technology and the related policy issues. Policies are necessary to advance scientific research toward achieving a common good, the appropriate use of human and material resources, and significant and favorable impacts on societal needs. At the same time, the creation of effective policy depends on decision makers being well-informed by science, technology, and engineering, including recent advances and current trends.

Societal changes arising from technological advances have often been surprises to mainstream thinking—both within technical communities and the general public. STEPS encourages articles that introduce bold and innovative ideas in technology development, or that discuss policy implications in response to technology developments.

We invite authors to submit original articles for consideration in our widely-distributed. Full articles should be between 2,000 and 5,000 words in length, formatted according to The Chicago Manual of Style, and should include citations and/or references for further reading. Contributions will undergo in-house review and are subject to editorial review. Short articles of less than 2,000 words, such as notes, reviews, or letters are also solicited.

Please submit articles to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact us if you wish to discuss a topic before completing an article. Please refer to the Instructions for Authors for complete information before submitting your final manuscript.

Thank you!
Robert Hummel
Editor-in-chief, STEPS

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