Perspectives on Science 9.3 (2001) 257-258
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When Perspectives on Science began in 1993, we envisioned a five-year term for the editorship. Joseph C. Pitt became the journal's first editor, but five years later in 1998 we were involved in a different transition, from the University of Chicago Press as publisher to MIT Press. Joe was prevailed upon to continue for another term. Here we are, almost five years down the line, attempting yet another transition, with Joe stepping down as editor and our taking on those duties. Transitions being what they are, messy and partial, it became necessary for us to assume the day-to-day operations of the journal somewhat earlier than we might have thought. Joe is, of course, responsible for the contents of this issue (9.3). But the change in operations will enable him to give his undivided attention to issue 9.4, a special issue in honor of Thomas Kuhn, for which he will be "guest" editor; it will also allow us some lead-time for preparing subsequent issues.
We wish to thank Joe for his unstinting devotion to the journal, for the countless hours he spent soliciting articles, cajoling referees' reports, and responding to unhappy rejected contributors. No one should underestimate the tremendous amount of effort Joe put into the journal and the high quality articles he was primarily responsible for producing.
It seems appropriate to us, at this juncture, to reassert the philosophy of the journal, its purpose and scope:
Perspectives on Science is devoted to studies on the sciences that integrate historical, philosophical, and sociological perspectives. Its interdisciplinary approach is intended to foster a more comprehensive understanding of the sciences and the contexts in which they develop.
Each article appearing in Perspectives on Science will provide the reader with at least two of the three perspectives on their subject. Each issue aims at articles that range over case studies and theoretical essays of a meta-historical [End Page 257] and meta-philosophical character. The journal fosters historio-graphical works combining social and institutional analyses of science, as well as analyses of experiments, practices, concepts, and theories. All papers consist of original research drawing upon the most recent scholarship. All contributions are peer-reviewed, as well as evaluated by the editors and associate editors. The Board of Advisory Editors is deliberately drawn from a wide range of sub-disciplines within history, philosophy, and sociology of science.