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Information for Contributors

STS Forum on the 2011 Fukushima / East Japan Disaster

Building a Transnational Research Agenda and Strategy for Engagement through a Social Scientific Understanding of Disasters and the Disaster Sciences

University of California Berkeley
12-14 May 2013

Deadline Reminder

  • April 12th: Firm deadline for all manuscripts
  • April 26th –May 3rd: Open (public) comment period
  • May 11th-14th: Workshop

Formatting Guidelines

  • Please list title, name, and institutional affiliation at the beginning of the paper
  • Please include a 2-line biosketch (Name, title/position, institution; Research area and 1 or 2 major publications) at the end. (Example:)
    • Atsushi Akera is Associate Professor in the Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer (USA). He works on the history of engineering education reform, and has also published on the history of computing, including Calculating a Natural World: Scientists, Engineers and Computers during the Rise of U.S. Cold War Research (MIT Press, 2006).
    • For subheadings, simply use Boldface, with one empty line above & below
    • Please limit your paper to 4-5 tables and/or images, if any, since we need to upload each manually
    • As several people did last year, you can, if you wish, also send us up to three or four supporting documents, links, maps, images, and other things to upload (if needed) and link to from your paper. We will normally place this link at the start of the paper, under title/author, but if you need a different placement, please tell us where the links should appear.
      • (Please make sure you have the copyright,  have obtained permission, or that the item/image has no copyright or falls within the realm of fair use.)
      • Please use endnotes, not footnotes, if any, since the paper will be converted to HTML format
      • If providing a list of references, please place these at the end under the subheading, “Works Cited” (or “List of References” if you are not citing all references.)
      • There is no limit to manuscript length, but IF you are sending a full manuscript that is greater than 1800 words in length, please remember to also send us a summary or précis (of between 1000-1800 word in length), as indicated in our call for papers. This is necessary to make the Virtual Conference work.

Manuscript Submission

  • The STS Forum on Fukushima website is being managed by James Wilcox and Jennifer de Souza here at Rensselaer. When your manuscript is ready, please email it to Jennifer at
  • We can accept manuscripts in almost any standard editable format (.doc, .docx, .rtf); please DO NOT use pdf, since we cannot extract the text to upload it into WordPress.
  • (Exception: if you are sending a summary or precis along and a longer manuscript, the longer manuscript may be in pdf; we will simply upload and create a link to the manuscript.)
  • Either he or Jennifer may be back in touch if they have any problems with the upload, or have any questions for you.
  • Please make sure to let us know if you would like us to take the manuscript down at the end of the conference, or if it okay to leave it up. (You can ask to have it removed at any point in the future.)


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