Minerva is one of the world's leading journals publishing work about issues of science policy and the organization and management of universities and scientific institutions. Beyond that, it is devoted to the study of ideas, traditions, cultures, and institutions in science, higher education, and research. It deals with historical as well as present practices and on local as well as global issues. The journal does not represent one single school of thought, but rather welcomes diversity within the rules of rational discourse.
The journal features peer-reviewed articles and essay reviews. In addition, special issues are periodically published on themes of topical importance.
Minerva was founded in 1962 by Edward Shils. The present Editor, Peter Weingart, has assumed editorship in 2008 and the journal was affiliated with the Institute for Science & Technology Studies (IWT) at Bielefeld University. When the I²SoS was founded in 2013 and succeeded the IWT, it became Minerva's new home institution.
Peter Weingart, Professor em., Department of Sociology, Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Science (I²SoS), Bielefeld University and South Africa Research Chair in Science Communication hosted by Stellenbosch University.
Marc Weingart, Institute for Interdisciplinary Studies of Science (I²SoS), Bielefeld University
Andrea Bonaccorsi, Department of Electrical Systems and Automation (DSEA), University of Pisa, Italy; James Robert Brown, Department of Philosophy, University of Toronto, Canada; Mark B. Brown, California State University Sacramento, CA, USA; Lorraine Daston, Max-Planck-Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), Berlin, Germany; Benoît Godin, Institutnational de la recherche scientifique (INRS), Montréal, Québec, Canada; Sheila Jasanoff, Kennedy School, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA; Pierre-Benoît Joly, Institut Scientifique de Recherche Agronomique (INRA), Ivry, France; Philip Kitcher, Department of Philosophy, Columbia University, New York, USA; John Krige, School of History, Technology and Society (HTS), Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA; Sabine Maasen, Munich Center for Technology in Society (MCTS), Technical University Munich (TUM), Germany; John Meyer, Department of Sociology, Stanford University, CA, USA; Johann Mouton, Centre for Research on Science and Technology (CREST), Stellenbosch University, Matieland, South Africa; Christine Musselin, Centrede Sociologie des Organisations (CSO - CNRS), Paris, France; Roger Pielke Jr., Center for Science and Technology Policy Research (CSTPR), Boulder, CO, USA; Arie Rip, Science, Technology, Health and Policy Studies (STeHPS), University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands; Daniel Sarewitz, Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, Arizona State University, AZ, USA; Andrew Stirling, Science and Technology Policy Research (SPRU), University of Sussex, Brighton, UK; Peter Scott, Kingston University, London, UK; Norton Wise, Department of History, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, USA