About

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 to understand and address concrete issues of emerging life sciences and technologies.

As all the topics in scope and disciplines are addressed from an international and global perspective, the journal welcomes submissions from all countries and regions around the world on a broad range of subjects, including quantitative or qualitative research and case studies. The editors also welcome suggestions for thematic series.

Topics addressed through contributions within the journal might include, but will not be restricted to:

  • Human bioethics
  • Societal and cultural relevance of genomics
  • Ethical, legal, and social implications/aspects of emerging sciences (ELSI/ELSA)
  • Responsible research and innovation (RRI)
  • Constructive and interactive technology assessment
  • Sustainability, biodiversity and climate change
  • Neuro-ethics and cognitive enhancement
  • Artificial intelligence and automation
  • Animal bioethics
  • Mental health ethics and policy
  • Sexuality and gender identity
  • Organizational ethics
  • Environmental bioethics
  • Bioethics, world-views and religion
  • Bioethics and gender
  • Pediatric and family ethics
  • Philosophy of medicine
  • Rural and developmental bioethics
  • Public health ethics
  • Race and culture/ethnicity
  • Reproduction

The journal has an international multidisciplinary editorial board with leading academics in the fields of ethics, philosophy, bioethics, social sciences, genomics, political science, sociology and economics.

Why publish your article in Life Sciences, Society and Policy?

High visibility

Life Sciences, Society and Policy's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. 

Speed of publication

Life Sciences, Society and Policy offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published with their final citation after acceptance, in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through Life Sciences, Society and Policy and SpringerOpen.

Flexibility

Online publication in Life Sciences, Society and Policy gives you the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).

Promotion and press coverage

Articles published in Life Sciences, Society and Policy are included in article alerts and regular email updates. 
In addition, articles published in Life Sciences, Society and Policy may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in Life Sciences, Society and Policy

Copyright

Authors of articles published in Life Sciences, Society and Policy retain the copyright of their articles and are free to reproduce and disseminate their work (for further details, see the copyright and license agreement).

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Open access

All articles published by Life Sciences, Society and Policy are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.

As authors of articles published in Life Sciences, Society and Policy you are the copyright holders of your article and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate your article, according to the SpringerOpen copyright and license agreement.

For those of you who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, SpringerOpen can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.

Article-processing charges

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

Indexing services

All articles published in Life Sciences, Society and Policy are included in:

  • OCLC
  • PubMed
  • PubMed Central
  • Scopus
  • Summon by Serial Solutions

The full text of all articles is deposited in digital archives around the world to guarantee long-term digital preservation. You can also access all articles published by SpringerOpen on SpringerLink.
We are working closely with relevant indexing services including Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) to ensure that articles published in Life Sciences, Society and Policy will be available in their databases when appropriate.

Peer-review policy

Peer-review is the system used to assess the quality of a manuscript before it is published. Independent researchers in the relevant research area assess submitted manuscripts for originality, validity and significance to help editors determine whether the manuscript should be published in their journal. You can read more about the peer-review process here.

Life Sciences, Society and Policy operates a single-blind peer-review system, where the reviewers are aware of the names and affiliations of the authors, but the reviewer reports provided to authors are anonymous.

The benefit of single-blind peer review is that it is the traditional model of peer review that many reviewers are comfortable with, and it facilitates a dispassionate critique of a manuscript.

Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by two or more experts who will be asked to evaluate whether the manuscript is scientifically sound and coherent, whether it duplicates already published work, and whether or not the manuscript is sufficiently clear for publication. The Editors will reach a decision based on these reports and, where necessary, they will consult with members of the Editorial Board.

Editorial policies

All manuscripts submitted to Life Sciences, Society and Policy should adhere to SpringerOpen's editorial policies.

Citing articles in Life Sciences, Society and Policy

Articles in Life Sciences, Society and Policy  should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.

Article citations follow this format:

Authors: Title. Life Sci Soc Policy [year], [volume number]:[article number].

e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. Life Sci Soc Policy 2009, 1:115.

refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.

Appeals and complaints

If you wish to appeal a rejection or make a complaint you should, in the first instance, contact the Editor who will provide details of the journal's complaints procedure.

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.