Call for papers on Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI)

The journal is calling for submissions to the thematic series ELSA and RRI - Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Emerging Sciences and Responsible Research & Innovation. Don't miss the opportunity to contribute to a lively debate over the state of the art of RRI both locally and globally, and to the further development of discussion and research. Read more

Discover thematic series and expand knowledge

Life Sciences, Society and Policy hosts thematic series on hot topics in the field of responsible research and innovation, bioethics, and applied ethics in emerging life sciences. Discover the articles and learn more about submitting your next article to these collections.


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Aims and Scope

The purpose of Life Sciences, Society and Policy (LSSP) is to analyse social, ethical and legal dimensions of the most dynamic branches of life sciences and technologies, and to discuss ways to foster responsible innovation, sustainable development and user-driven social policies. LSSP provides an academic forum for engaged scholarship at the intersection of life sciences, philosophy, bioethics, science studies and policy research, and covers a broad area of inquiry both in emerging research areas such as genomics, bioinformatics, biophysics, molecular engineering, nanotechnology and synthetic biology, and in more applied fields such as translational medicine, food science, environmental science, climate studies, research on animals, sustainability, science education and others.

The goal is to produce insights, tools and recommendations that are relevant not only for academic researchers and teachers, but also for civil society, policy makers and industry, as well as for professionals in education, health care and the media, thus contributing to better research practices, better policies, and a more sustainable global society.

Established in 2005 as Genomics, Society and Policy, the journal has gradually expanded its area of research and critical reflection, particularly encouraging interdisciplinary collaboration and now developing along four main directions:

  • How science and innovation affect society and the environment, and how responsible research can integrate societal needs and concerns in the process of research, with a strong focus on sustainability, responsibility and public engagement
  • Where humanities and science meet: multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship, for instance on neuro-enhancement and digitalisation
  • How research can inform evidence-based practices and policies
  • How philosophical traditions (such as phenomenology, hermeneutics, dialectics, psychoanalysis, pragmatism, and critical theory) can help understand and address concrete issues of emerging life sciences and technologies. 

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LSSP now indexed in MEDLINE

In addition to being available in PubMed Central (PMC) since almost 3 years, the journal is now in MEDLINE, the National Library of Medicine journal citation database. Authors who publish on Life Sciences, Society and Policy can now greatly benefit from having their articles indexed in this prestigious and reputable database.

Partner affiliation

Thanks to the support of the Centre for Society and the Life Sciences, Radboud University, the Netherlands and Economic and Social Research Council, Genomics Network, UK, the publication costs for Life Sciences, Society and Policy are currently fully covered so authors do not need to pay an article-processing charge.