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Call for papers on Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI)

Life Sciences, Society and Policy (LSSP) welcomes submissions to the thematic series ELSA and RRI - Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Emerging Sciences and Responsible Research & Innovation.

Science and technology are powerful engines of change, and generate heated controversies as well as high expectations. In response to this, sensitivity to ethical, legal and societal issues, particularly within the life sciences, has increased over the years and has become a standard feature of funding programs. In particular, RRI focuses on increasing involvement of stakeholder perspectives in research so as to make research more sensitive to the needs and concerns of society. Multiple-stakeholder involvement may align possible processes and outcomes of innovation with the values and expectations of society. However, the call for responsible and sustainable development still raises many questions.

LSSP offers authors from science, social science and the humanities a podium to discuss, compare, and assess approaches to responsible innovation, considering controversial questions and broadening the theoretical perspective. LSSP welcomes papers from various perspectives, including ethics, philosophy of science, technology assessment, Science and Technology Studies and sustainability research. The ultimate goal of this call for papers is to encourage a lively debate over the state of the art of RRI both locally and globally, and to contribute to the further development of discussion and research. 

Submission Instructions

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission guidelines for  Life Sciences, Society and Policy. The complete manuscript should be submitted through the  Life Sciences, Society and Policy submission system. To ensure that you submit to the correct thematic series please select the appropriate thematic series in the drop-down menu upon submission. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the thematic series on ELSA and RRI. All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published within the journal as a collection.

Lead Guest Editor

Ellen-Marie Forsberg, Oslo and Akershus University College, Norway

Submissions will also benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:

  • Rapid publication: Online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient
  • High visibility and international readership in your field: Open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work - anyone with online access can read your article
  • No space constraints: Publishing online means unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage
  • Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed.

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