Since its launch in 1983, Prometheus has pushed against the boundaries surrounding the understanding of innovation, in its broadest sense. It has met some resistance. Prometheus is no stranger to controversy, nor to the consequences of defying convention.

Prometheus is an international, multidisciplinary journal publishing papers on innovation, by which is meant the production, introduction and diffusion of change. The Journal publishes critical papers, those that express – and justify – opinions on innovation issues. Prometheus is particularly attracted to papers that challenge prevailing views and papers that encourage debate. From a core interest in technological change and the information required to bring it about, the Journal’s scope has expanded to cover topics such as the history of innovation, invention and creativity, and diffusion of innovation, to name a few.

Prometheus aims to publish papers that are not so technical or specialised that they cannot be appreciated by a wide readership that includes academics, practitioners, and policymakers. 

Print ISSN: 2516-550X / e-ISSN: 2516-5518

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For queries about the Journal, please get in contact with the General Editor Stuart Macdonald at s.macdonald@sheffield.ac.uk

General Editor

Stuart Macdonald   – Leicester University, UK


Peter Drahos – Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Australia 


Areas of expertise: patents, intellectual property, trade, regulatory and governance theory.

Hans-Jürgen Engelbrecht – Department of Economics and Finance, Massey University, New Zealand 


Areas of expertise: information/knowledge-based economy/policy/society, economic growth and knowledge spillovers, the role of human capital, happiness economics, behavioural economics related to the information/knowledge-based economy 

Richard Hawkins – Science, Technology and Society Program, University of Calgary, Canada 


Areas of expertise: research policy, innovation theory and policy, university-industry collaboration, intellectual property, standards, technical regulation, electronic media industries 

Steven Henderson – Southampton Solent University, UK 


Areas of expertise: strategic management, organisational learning, critical thinking

Richard Joseph – 130 Orange Valley Road,  Kalamunda, WA, Australia 


Areas of expertise: science and technology policy, Australian government policy, academic freedom and managerialism

Karmo Kroos – Department of Economics, Estonian Business School, Estonia 


Areas of expertise: theories of social change, elites as agents of social change, the role of the university, higher education policy, sociology of knowledge, Central and Eastern Europe 

Robin Mansell – Department of Media and Communications, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK 


Areas of expertise: internet governance, telecommunications policy and regulation, social impact of new media, political economy of media and communication, development and ICTs

Martin Meyer –  Kent Business School, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK  


Areas of expertise: science and technology indicators, university-industry technology transfer, third mission, triple helix, intellectual property management, science-based innovation, new technologies (especially nanotechnology), technological systems, sectoral systems of innovation, programme evaluation 

Joanne Roberts – Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, Winchester, UK


Areas of expertise: knowledge economy, knowledge creation and transfer communities of practice, business services, internationalisation of services, information and communication technologies innovation systems 

Kevin Scally – Cork University School of Business (CUBS), University College Cork, Ireland 


Areas of expertise: invention and design; USPTO patents and innovation; IP and nonprofits; software usability; creativity, iconoclasm and play 

Peter Senker – University of Sussex, Brighton, UK 


Areas of expertise: technology, inequality, wealth and poverty; technology and the environment, capitalism and neoliberalism 

Uta Wehn – IHE Delft Institute for Water Education in partnership with UNESCO, Delft, The Netherlands


Areas of expertise: knowledge, ICTs and innovation for development; inter-organisational data and knowledge sharing; knowledge management; capacity development; innovation systems; water innovation studies; citizen science

Papers submitted to Prometheus should not be so technical or specialised that they cannot be appreciated by a readership that includes academics, practitioners and policy makers and excludes no one. The general editor will be glad to offer advice to authors before formal submission.

Papers should be submitted as email attachments to the general editor at s.macdonald@sheffield.ac.uk. The submission should identify the Prometheus editor considered most appropriate to handle the submission. Desk review will determine whether the paper is suited to the journal and ready for peer review. A paper that passes desk review will be allocated to an appropriate editor who will take charge of its peer review and will ultimately decide whether it should be published in PrometheusPrometheus selects referees who are experts in each paper’s subject, but referees provide only advice to the editor and do not determine a paper’s fate. Because expert referees are likely to know who is writing in the area, Prometheus adopts a single blind review system: referees are anonymous, but not authors. Always the aim is that authors should find refereeing rigorous and helpful. All submissions will be acknowledged, and every effort will be made to ensure rapid processing. Prometheus does not use an automated manuscript submission system and authors should feel free to contact editors at any time.

For full guidance on submitting manuscripts, please see the Prometheus website here.

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