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About the Journal

Aims and scope
Technologies have come to play a central role in human lives and societies. They help to shape how humans are born and die, learn and live, behave and are being treated, work and relax, have families and friendships, have power and are overpowered, build societies and engage in politics. Studying human-technology relations, therefore, requires a wide range of academic disciplines and subdisciplines in the humanities and the social sciences, ranging from Philosophy of Technology to Design Research, from Human-Computer Interaction to Science and Technology Studies, from Ethics to Metaphysics, and from Political Theory to Responsible Research and Innovation, and Artistic Research.

The Journal of Human-Technology Relations (JHTR) investigates human-technology relations from a wide variety of disciplines, with a basis in the Philosophy of Technology and in Science and Technology Studies. It welcomes both theoretical and empirical analyses of human-technology relations, as long as they contribute to a better understanding of the character, structure, and implications of the relations between humans, technologies, and societies.

JHTR is an open-access journal, published by TU Delft OPEN Publishing, the diamond open access university publisher of the TU Delft. We welcome high-quality submissions from all disciplines relevant to study human-technology relations, regardless of the approach or school of thought from which they originate. The composition of the board of associate editors and the editorial advisory board reflects the variety of approaches from which human-technology relations can be investigated. 

The Journal of Human-Technology Relations publishes:

  • editorials: brief article as an introduction to each edition of the journal, written either by the editorial board or by guest editors (maximum 5,000 words);
  • current affairs: short articles discussing topical issues and developments in technology and/or society with a clear link to human-technology relations, in the form of a news item, column, or any other brief format (maximum 2,000 words);
  • research articles: articles (including pictorials) presenting the results of original research (maximum 10,000 words); 
  • response articles: brief articles that discuss and comment on articles published previously (maximum 2,000 words);
  • student essays: articles that discuss the results of successful and innovative research done by Bachelor and Master students (maximum 5,000 words);
  • reviews: articles reviewing books, exhibitions, or performances related to human-technology relations (maximum 2,000 words)
  • book symposia:  articles in which up to four commentators critically discuss a recent and/or influential book, potentially with a reply by the author (maximum 10,000 words);
  • special issues: issues of the journal dedicated to a specific theme or topic, edited by a guest editor.

All word limits exclude references and endnotes.

Peer-review policy
All research articles and essays are subjected to double-blind peer review (author and reviewer anonymized).

Publication Ethics
JHTR aims to apply for COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) membership as soon as the journal has existed for one year. Until that moment we will act in the spirit of its guidelines when it comes to publication ethics. Editors, authors and publisher adopt the guidelines developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and the fair data principles. The journal adheres to the COPE Core Practices and the principles of transparency as described in the Declaration on transparent editorial policies for academic journals.

Integrity Policy

  • JHTR follows the Integrity Policy of the TU Delft. The policy includes academic and research integrity and, the TU Delft Code of Conduct. The stakeholders of the University Press, TU Delft OPEN Publishing agree to adhere to our policy.
  • A breach of policy will be reported to our integrity committee where actions will be taken. Those actions could lead to publication retraction, banned from TU Delft OPEN Publishing and report to affiliated institutions.

Similarity check
JHTR actively checks all papers for similarity check using the tool Ithenticate. Papers can go through a similarity analysis at any stage of the publication workflow. Please ensure that all text in your manuscript is original and not published elsewhere.

Copyright policy

  • Authors retain their copyrights
  • if you are using published images, text or other materials, please be aware of copyright regulations. The TU Delft Copyright helpdesk can provide further information and answer your copyright questions.
  • In case of (alleged or proven) copyright breaches or scientific misconduct (e.g. fabricating data), JHTR will follow the developed by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

Use of AI 
The use of AI technologies in writing is gaining popularity. When used responsibly and appropriately in the context of human-driven research, it can facilitate innovation. However, authors remain responsible and accountable for the quality and content of their manuscripts, and these responsibilities remain uniquely human. With this in mind, JHTR asks that the authors do not list AI as a co-author, and disclose any use of AI tools (e.g. generative language-based, such as ChatGPT and others, for generation of images, etc.) in the writing of their manuscripts. If applicable, you may acknowledge the way in which you use AI tools for your article at the bottom of the References section and in the Acknowledgements section, and separately, in the cover letter prior to the review. This policy is subject to review based on new developments.

Open Access Policy 
The Journal of Human-Technology Relations is an open-access journal licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) license. Anyone is free to share (copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format) and to adapt (remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially) under the following terms:

  • Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
  • No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.

TU DELFT OPEN Publishing accepts all type of review as long as the processes are transparent and adhere to the COPE policy. Editors and reviewers are encouraged to join COPE individually and agree to declare any conflict of interest.

Editors of journals and books may also contribute to the published content, but a rigorous review workflow is implemented to ensure the integrity and quality of the review process. If a member of the editorial board is listed as a (co)author, they will not be involved in the review process and will not have access to the reviewers' identity in the case of anonymous, single-blind or double-blind reviews. In instances where the editor-in-chief is a (co)author, the responsibility of selecting the editor who will handle the paper will fall on the (co)editor-in-chief to maintain a fair and unbiased review process. To ensure transparency, it is important to inform readers through a footnote on the publication and on the journal homepage that a fair review process was followed for all published content.
A short guide to ethical editing for new editors | COPE: Committee on Publication Ethics.

Complaints and appeals

  • Author appeal; If an author wishes to appeal an editorial decision, they may contact the editor-in-chief of the journal, book, textbook, or proceedings directly. It is important to note that all appeal decisions are final, and no further discussions or negotiations can be made once a decision has been reached.
  • Complaints & queries; Complaints such as misconduct, authorship dispute or suspected conflict of interest should be addressed to the publisher (

Article Processing Charges
Publishing in JHTR is completely free (Diamond Open Access), so neither Submission Charges nor Article Processing Charge are required from the authors. 

Publication Model
JHTR holds the Continuous Publication Model, which means that the journal will publish an article for an issue as and when that article is accepted, rather than waiting for all articles intended for that issue to be ready.

JHTR will join the PKP Preservation Network to digitally preserve the journal. This LOCKSS program offers decentralized and distributed preservation, seamless perpetual access, and preservation of the authentic original version of the content.

TU Delft OPEN Publishing will ensure that JHTR will be listed as soon as possible in the various indexing systems (like Google Scholar, Web of Science, Scopus and DOAJ), such that all published papers can (retroactively) be subject to impact evaluation. We also aim to apply for COPE membership.

Privacy Statement
The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

Research Data
JHTR strongly supports that manuscripts include data registration in a recognised research data repository and will support data citation- please visit this page for more information.


  • The opinions expressed in our published content are those of the author(s) and do not reflect the views opinions of TU Delft OPEN Publishing. 
  • The responsibility of the content provided is exclusively of the author(s) concerned. TU Delft OPEN Publishing, JHTR, the editors and reviewers are not responsible for errors in the contents or any consequences arising from the use of information contained in it.
  • The opinions expressed in the publications of JHTR do not necessarily represent the views of TU Delft OPEN Publishing and the editors. 
  • We follow an open access publishing principle, in which author(s) are the sole owners of the copyright of the content published, for any omissions, copyright violation author(s) of the concerned article are only responsible. Our responsibility is limited only to removal of the concerned article from the journal once the query is raised.

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JHTR was originally financially and organisationally supported by the University of Twente