The genesis of the online journal Human Technology: An Interdisciplinary Journal on Humans in ICT Environments was spring 2003. At that time, it was evident that the research into the human dimensions of information and communication technologies was very much needed and that journals that would specialize on publishing interdisciplinary research within this multifaceted area would become increasingly more relevant.
The Agora Center at the University of Jyväskylä aims to bring multiple scientific perspectives together to tackle the issues and questions and scientific research and discussion connected with human–technology interaction. Technology does not exist in a vacuum, nor do humans. New technological advancements both benefit and challenge the human condition. Investigating and discussing how technological changes impact society, business, and human life, and vice versa, are essential in scientific discovery and advancement. We believe that discussion and collaboration between specialists of different research fields, such as psychologists, computer scientists, sociologists, educators, communicators, businesspeople, technicians, software and hardware engineers, humanists, philosophers and anthropologists, are needed to understand the human role in technological progress. Through this exchange of perspectives, in defining new and unforeseen problems and ideas, we can comprehend better the sometimes even chaotic processes and can build synthesis among the various scientific fields. For these reasons, the Agora Center decided to publish Human Technology.
The editorial board of this free online journal holds high vision that we can meet an underserved, yet essential, segment of contemporary research.
Human Technology addresses several key points, distinguishing it among the other high quality journals:
It is specifically interdisciplinary. Our vision is that scholars from several disciplines will pool their insights, knowledge, and efforts in researching and understanding the wide variety of implications, benefits, and challenges that arise when people use technology. And we wish to encourage this collaboration at universities and research centers worldwide.
It is forward-looking. Humans and technologies are continually evolving, with each affecting the progress of the other. This journal strives to open the discussion about current technological design, activities, and visions may impact life, society, learning, interaction, and business in the coming years.
It is willing to look at difficult topics. Controversy is a natural element of progress. Human Technology encourages researchers to take critical looks at those difficult and challenging topics that other journals would rather not. By encouraging discussions on controversial topics, we hope to provoke our readers, other researchers, and industrial representatives to debate all facets of such topics. Through forthright, animated and intellectual discussions, new synergies arise and new perspectives are formed.
It is scientifically rigorous. In order to assure the high quality of our journal, each article will be peer-reviewed by at least two subject-qualified referees. It is essential that innovative, interdisciplinary research be reliable as well as useful. Our expectations for papers published in this journal are as high as any of the well-known field-specific journals. What makes our journal distinct is that it brings a multitude of research fields together, with a common focus on human-technology interaction.
It is human-centered. Many of the journals that address human–technology interaction in fact focus on the technical side of the equation. Human Technology is, however, patently human-focused. While presenting the detail or nuances of technology enables readers to comprehend the concepts being proffered, articles published in Human Technology emphasize particularly the human dimensions of these human–technology intersections.
It is practically oriented. What drives the vision of Human Technology is that, regardless of the scientific field, research methodology, or research design, its conclusions must be practically oriented toward everyday life and its challenges. Each of the articles published in this journal addresses the social, individual, or industrial benefits of the respective research.
It is available to everyone. Many of the most noted publications, even if they are online, are available only through a fee subscription or on a delayed basis for nonsubscribers. However, Human Technology strives to be globally accessible to everyone: The journal is available at no cost and without subscription, regardless of one's location or financial resources. We believe free, easy access to quality research encourages better insight and developments across the research and business communities and further assists in emphasizing the human dimensions of technology.
Because Human Technology encourages cooperation and collaboration among any and all scientific fields and between the academic and business worlds, we hold high expectations for the diversity of innovative, thought-provoking, and applicable articles that are published in this journal and will be in the years to come. As we note in our mission statement, the credentials and backgrounds of the authors are of less importance than the vision, high research standards, creativity, and collaborative nature of the topics.
We invite you to join us in creating truly interdisciplinary research and discussion concerning human dimensions of technology.