Born from a blog idea for the popularization of Science, the Journal of Geek Studies is a place for sharing knowledge and geekness. A space to write and read about Science, in its many forms, related to general geek culture. The journal publishes original articles that manage to join these topics, creating a discussion on any scientific topic based on anything geeky.
The Journal of Geek Studies is a non-peer-reviewed, open-access and non-profit online magazine. It is published biannually (June and December), but articles are made available online as soon as they are ready.
Why Science? Science is humanity’s most powerful tool, but too few know about it. As Carl Sagan once said: “We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology.”
Why Geek? Come on, is there really a need to explain how awesome geek culture is?
Aims & Scope:
We accept any original contribution in English that combines Science and geekness, in any amount of one or the other – as long as both are present. Good research for each topic is essential. Please, obey the good practices of writing and do not forget to cite the sources of information used.
Just remember, our goal is the popularization of Science, so everything must be explained with a broader audience in mind. However, this does not mean “dumbing down” the content. We follow the late Stephen J. Gould in this, who said: “Anything, even the conceptually most complex material, can be written for general audiences without any dumbing down. Of course you have to explain things carefully. This goes back to Galileo, who wrote his great books as dialogues in Italian, not as treatises in Latin. And to Darwin, who wrote The Origin of Species for general readers. I think a lot of people pick up Darwin’s book and assume it must be a popular version of some technical monograph, but there is no technical monograph. That’s what he wrote. So what I’m doing is part of a great humanistic tradition.”
The journal’s symbol is an owlbear atop a massive tome. An owlbear is a fictional creature created by Gary Gygax for the first edition of the Dungeons & Dragons pen-and-paper RPG. It is present in all later editions and many non-D&D RPGs and video games, being a favorite monster among players.
It is usual for zoological journals to elect an animal as symbol and/or its name, such as The Nautilus, Ibis, The Auk etc. Thus, we elected the owlbear as our symbol to represent the geek side of the journal. Also, if its “components” are taken apart, both the owl (from Athena) and the bear (from Native American myths) are symbols of wisdom. Is the owlbear then twice as wise? Well, perhaps not, but it sure is awesome.
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