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Call for Papers: The Journal of Science and Law
Journal of Science and Law

Call for Papers: The Journal of Science and Law

As an online, open-access journal, JSciLaw aspires to be at the forefront of research that bridges disciplines and uses large-scale data analysis to influence public policy. Additionally, it is actively seeking to publish scholars at every stage in their career. Please consider JSciLaw for your next paper.

Many of today’s policy questions require an interdisciplinary approach, drawing from fields such as neuroscience, biology, and statistics. Researchers today are presented with new technologies to gather data and novel techniques for data mining. However, innovative scholarship often fails to leave its subspecialty and reach an interdisciplinary audience, dulling its impact and preventing other disciplines from capitalizing on new findings.The Journal of Science and Law (JSciLaw) seeks to address this problem as an interdisciplinary publication that provides a forum for scholarship at the intersection of scientific research and legal policy. JSciLaw aims to unite disciplines and to encourage collaboration between scientific researchers, legal scholars, and policy makers. Reflecting its interdisciplinary nature, the JSciLaw editorial board includes scholars from the fields of neuroscience, law, criminology, statistics, and policy.

JSciLaw promotes top-tier, peer-reviewed scientific research that matters for policy decisions. Reflecting that mission, we are pioneering in-house journal software that allows JSciLaw to incorporate large-scale data directly into its manuscripts, such that reported results are replicable and extensible. In this way, readers are not forced to simply believe the claims of research papers published in JSciLaw, but can analyze the data themselves.

The journal is open-access, with all articles available for free at Because we are an online journal, we are de-emphasizing word limits in deference to quality: articles should be as long as they need to be (but no longer). We publish Original Research Articles, Reviews, Opinions, and occasionally, Book Reviews. Papers are published on a rolling basis as soon as they are accepted.

JSciLaw encourages you to submit your innovative research and to explore our research articles in the future. If you have any questions, you can contact the editorial board at

David M. Eagleman, PhD
Director, Initiative on Neuroscience and Law
Department of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine

Academic, Biostatistician, Neuroscientist, Physician Researcher, Policy Analyst, Scientist
Call for Chapters: Patent Law and Intellectual Property in the Medical Field
Volume in the Advances in Healthcare Information Systems and Administration (AHISA) Book Series

Call for Chapters: Patent Law and Intellectual Property in the Medical Field


Rashmi Aggarwal (Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad)

Rajinder Kaur (Department of law, Panjab University, Chandigarh)

Sukhpreet Kaur (Independent Researcher)

Proposals Submission Deadline: September 30, 2014

Full Chapters Due: October 30, 2014

Submission Date: December 30, 2014

For release in Advances in Healthcare Information Systems and Administration (AHISA) Book Series

Series Editors: Anastasius Moumtzoglou (Hellenic Society for Quality & Safety in Healthcare and P. & A. Kyriakou Children's Hospital, Greece) and Anastasia N. Kastania (Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece)

ISSN: 2328-1243

The Advances in Healthcare Information Systems and Administration (AHISA) Book Series aims to provide a channel for international researchers to progress the field of study on technology and its implications on healthcare and health information systems. With the growing focus on healthcare and the importance of enhancing this industry to tend to the expanding population, the book series seeks to accelerate the awareness of technological advancements of health information systems and expand awareness and implementation.

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The term "patent" originates from the Latin word “patere” which means "to lay open" i.e. make available for public inspection.The patent system has been termed as one of the cornerstones of modern economic policy. The grant of patent protection is the Government’s attempt to encourage creative output by placing confidence in a patentee, that their inventions are protected by the statue which provides a powerful stimulus to innovation. This encourages scientific research, new technology and industrial progress.

The theory upon which the patent law is based is that the opportunity of acquiring exclusive rights in an invention stimulates technical progress by encouraging invention and offering financial reward for the same. The problem is all the more pronounced where the invention in new products is in the field of medicine which generally involves the collective efforts of many highly skilled professionals and expenditure of considerable amount in research which only the big corporations and institutions can afford. Besides, the manufacturer of the article or product in the commercial scale requires a great deal of effort and money. Hence, under the modern condition only big corporations or institutions can afford to engage in R&D of new drugs and medicines. Even if an individual research scientist or a technologist invents a new product he will seldom have the financial resources for developing the invention for commercial use and protecting his invention against infringement by competitors. It is therefore, seen that almost all the major patents relating to new inventions in the field of medicines are usually held by big transnational corporations.


The medical patents were conceived with a mind set of finding the balance in the protection of Intellectual Property (IP) between the short term interests in maximizing access and the long term interests in promoting creativity and innovation. It is in this area where tension between the need to provide incentives for R&D into the medicines and the need to make existing medicines available to the patients, at affordable prices, and inculcating a competitive market, where the inventor is protected and not distracted. This book aims to introspect the areas of medical innovation, disclosure, production investment, designing around and the legal regime that protects them.

This book will escalate the current scope of research in support of development of convergent and interoperable systems in medical field and to increase awareness and applicability of legal aspects.

Target Audience

The potential audience of this book are researchers engaged in the study of pharmaceuticals and are pursuits of understanding whether the legal regimes world over protect their scientific know-how or not. They can also be medical and law professionals both in academia and practice.

Recommended Topics

• Patents- overview including definitions, types and legal aspects

• Medical patents and impact on availability and affordability of essential medicines

• WTO, TRIPS and pharma patents

• Effect of international and national policies such as TRIPS, WTO on patent law

• Difference in availability of medical patent in some countries and lack in others

• Patent Laws for traditional medicines

• Effect of patent law in medicine pricing: comparative analysis of various countries

• Availability of tools to access information on patents

• Exclusions from patentability such as surgical methods, diagnostic methods etc

• Need of criminalization of patent infringement

• Alternate Dispute Resolution and patent rights

• Compulsory Licensing

• Parallel Importing

• Case study on medical patents and national laws

Submission Procedure

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit on or before September 30, 2014, a chapter proposal of 1,000 to 2,000 words clearly explaining the mission and concerns of his or her proposed chapter. Authors of accepted proposals will be notified by October 15, 2014 about the status of their proposals and sent chapter guidelines. Full chapters are expected to be submitted by December 30, 2014. All submitted chapters will be reviewed on a double-blind review basis. Contributors may also be requested to serve as reviewers for this project.


This book is scheduled to be published by IGI Global (formerly Idea Group Inc.), publisher of the Information Science Reference (formerly Idea Group Reference), Medical Information Science Reference, Business Science Reference, and Engineering Science Reference imprints. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit This book is anticipated to be released in 2015.

Important Dates

September 30, 2014: Proposal Submission Deadline

October 15, 2014: Notification of Acceptance

December 30, 2014: Full Chapter Submission

January 30, 2015: Review Results Returned

February 15, 2015: Final Acceptance Notification

March 30, 2015: Final Chapter Submission


Rashmi Aggarwal (Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad)

Rajinder Kaur (Department of law, Panjab University, Chandigarh)

Sukhpreet Kaur (Independent Researcher)

Academic, Health Economist, Lawyer, Pharmaceutical Scientist, Pharmacist, Pharmacologist, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Servant
Call for Papers: Journal of Law & Health’s Annual Symposium: The Social, Ethical, and Legal Consequences of Sports-Related Brain Injuries
Cleveland - Marshall College of Law Journal of Law and Health

Call for Papers: Journal of Law & Health Annual Symposium: The Social, Ethical, and Legal Consequences of Sports-Related Brain Injuries

You are invited to submit an Article for possible inclusion in the Journal of Law & Health’s Annual Symposium: The Social, Ethical, and Legal Consequences of Sports-Related Brain Injuries. The Journal of Law & Health is a student-run publication dedicated to publishing innovative articles that offer diverse perspectives on the intersection between law, health, and medicine.

The selection of the Symposium topic was a result of the myriad of new research on the prevalence of traumatic brain injuries in sports and the long-term health consequences that result from head injuries.

Further, high profile legal disputes, such as the NFL’s $765 million settlement with retired players, has thrust the discussion of brain injuries in sports into the legal arena as well.

The Symposium aims to facilitate a well-rounded discussion between, judges, legislators, academics, and medical professional on the social, ethical, and legal issues that may occur as more research becomes available on brain injuries in sports.

Areas of interest for this special journal issue include, but are not limited to, the following topics:

1. The sociological impact of sports in American culture.

2. The impact of brain injuries on developing brains of youth and collegiate athletes.

3. The relationship between brain injuries and psychological disorders.

4. The state of the law and the current legal landscape regarding brain injuries in sports.

5. The future direction of the law regulating brain injuries and legislative responsibility with regard to protecting athletes from brain injuries.


Please submit a 600-word abstract describing your topic and a copy of your curriculum vitae by November 30, 2014 to Journal of Law and Health at and

Please include “Submission: Annual Symposium” in the subject line. The symposium is tentatively scheduled for March 2015.

Academic, Bioethicist, Ethicist, Law Student, Lawyer, Neurologist, Neuroscientist, Physician Researcher, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Servant, Social Scientist
Call for Papers: McGill Journal of Law and Health
McGill Journal of Law and Health

Call for Papers: McGill Journal of Law and Health

The McGill Journal of Law and Health (MJLH) is an academic, peer-reviewed journal that publishes multidisciplinary articles on the intersection of health and law, both within Canada and at the international
level. Now in our ninth year, we have a history of publishing research by major Canadian scholars working in this field. Our journal is entirely run by students of the Faculty of Law at McGill University
(Montreal, Canada). All of our archives are publicly available at, as well as by subscription in the Hein Online Law Journal Library.

The MJLH is currently seeking submissions for Issue 9:1. We welcome contributions on any aspect of health law, including but not limited to medical malpractice, regulation of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, constitutional rights related to health and health care, and ethical dimensions of health law and policy. The MJLH publishes full-length articles as well as shorter comments and works of a
similar nature.

Our next deadline for submissions is 10 October 2014. Complete submission guidelines are available on our website at (select “Submissions” from the menu).

Should you wish to learn more about the MJLH or have questions about publishing in our journal, we invite you to contact us. We also encourage you to share this call for papers widely with any colleagues
who may be interested.

Health Services Researcher, Lawyer, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Servant
Call for Submissions: Journal of Law and the Biosciences
Journal of Law and the Biosciences

Call for Submissions: Journal of Law and the Biosciences

The Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB) is actively soliciting original manuscripts, responses, essays, and book reviews devoted to the examination of issues related to the intersection of law and biosciences, including bioethics, neuroethics, genetics, reproductive technologies, stem cells, enhancement, patent law, and food and drug regulation. JLB welcomes submissions of varying length, with a theoretical, empirical, practical, or policy oriented focus.

JLB is the first fully open access peer-reviewed legal journal focused on the advances at the intersection of law and the biosciences. A co-venture between Duke University, Harvard Law School, and Stanford University, and published by Oxford University Press, this open access, online, and interdisciplinary academic journal publishes cutting-edge scholarship in this important new field. JLB is published as one volume with three issues per year with new articles posted online on an ongoing basis.

Bioethicist, Geneticist , Lawyer, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert
Call for Papers: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

Call for Papers: Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

The JBI welcomes both reports of empirical research and articles that increase the theoretical understanding of medicine and health care, the health professions, and the biological sciences. The JBI is also open to critical reflections on medicine and conventional bioethics; the nature of health, illness, and disability; the sources of ethics; the nature of ethical communities; possible implications of new developments in science and technology for social and cultural life and human identity; and the impact of social policies and current world events on health, welfare, and systems of power. We welcome contributions from perspectives that are less commonly published in existing journals in the field as well as studies using qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies.

Contributions discussing bioethical issues in different geographical and cultural settings are welcomed and encouraged.

In addition to original research, each issue of the JBI includes a symposium edited by guest scholars focusing on a specific bioethical topic as well as regular features such as: Editorials; Letters to the Editor; Critical Perspectives; Recent Developments (particularly in law); Book, Film, and Art Reviews; and Case Studies to which readers respond and comment.

The JBI accepts contributions from authors working in or across disciplines, including—but not limited to—the following:

Philosophy, Bioethics, Anthropology, Cultural Studies, Disability Studies, Economics, Environmental Sciences, Feminism, Gay and Lesbian Studies, History, Law, Linguistics and Discourse Analysis, Literature and Literary Studies, Psychology, Public Health and Epidemiology, Social Theory, and Theology and Religious Studies

Academic, Bioethicist, Epidemiologist, Ethicist, Philosopher, Physician, Physician Researcher, Psychologist, Public Health Expert, Public Health Worker, Social Scientist
Call for Manuscripts: Technology and Innovation (T&I)
Technology and Innovation (T&I)

Call for Manuscripts: Technology and Innovation (T&I)

We are currently solociting manuscripts for issues of Technology and Innovation (T&I). T&I presents information encompassing the entire field of applied sciences with a focus on transformative technology and academic innovation, and welcomes manuscripts that meet the general criteria of significance and scientific excellence.  We publish original articles in basic and applied research, critical reviews, surveys, opinions, commentaries, essays, and patent and book reviews of interest to our readers. Manuscripts for general issues are accepted year-round on a rolling basis.

Contributions on the following topics are invited:

• Advances in transformative technology and translational science

• Critical assessments of specific segments of science, engineering, medicine or other technologies

• Economics of a technology, governmental and policy action, and innovation as related to intellectual property

• Environmental (including human health) impact of various technologies

• Historical, societal, ethical, and related aspects of science, engineering, medicine, or technology

• The process of innovation and invention


Paul Sanberg

Diana Vergara

Academic, Bioethicist, Ethicist, Historian, Lawyer, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Servant, Scientist, Social Scientist, Technologist
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Forensic Practice: Investigative Interviewing: Investigation and Probative Value
Journal of Forensic Practice

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Forensic Practice: Investigative Interviewing: Investigation and Probative Value

Guest editorsDr Becky Milne and Professor Ray Bull
University of Portsmouth, UK

About the editionInvestigative interviewing is at the heart of any investigation and thus is the root of achieving justice in society. Thus it is one of the most important tools in an investigator’s tool box. As a result, over the past 20 years practitioners and researchers have sought, and in some countries have substantially succeeded, in developing procedures that improve the quality of interviews of witnesses, victims, and suspects of crime. This body of work has seen successful outcomes of the interplay between academic research and practical policing.

This special issue aims to outline recent developments in this field and focuses upon the practical aspects of interviewing in an investigation and the courts.

While all submissions will be considered, the following are likely to be of particular interest to this issue.

1. Recent developments for interviewing witnesses, victims and suspects.

2. The application of interviewing methods in the field.

3. Examination of interviewing issues in court.

Submission criteriaSubmissions must be in the range of 5,000 to 7,000 words (including references).

See the full author guidelines:

Submit your paper to this issue at:

(NB Please ensure that you submit to the special issue on 'investigative interviewing'.)

Deadline for submissions: 31 January 2015

Academic, Behavioral Scientist, Forsensic Scientist, Lawyer, Psychologist, Public Servant
Call for Proposals for a Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies: Law, Religion and Disability
Canadian Journal of Disability Studies

Call for Proposals for a Special Issue of the Canadian Journal of Disability Studies: Law, Religion and Disability

The relationship of law, religion and disability is complex, emerging and still in development as a research area. Scholarship on religion and disability has included feminist reflections regarding religion and disability (e.g. Minister 2013) and analysis of the physical isolation that can result in congregations where accommodations are made but without reflection on the communal aspects of integration (Eiesland 1994). Further, health care providers working with disabled individuals negotiate and navigate their own religious identities in their professional sphere (Bray, Egan and Beagan 2012). Legal advancement within the disability movement has produced results such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Public and policy challenges remain highly contested and disability advocates reflect on the limitations of existing policy as well as the challenge of the application of these policies (e.g. Prince 2012; Johner 2013).

We are seeking articles that articulate the diverse perspectives of disability studies as it relates both to law and religion. There are multiple ways the religion, law and disability intersect with one another. The special issue intends to explore overlapping themes in dialogue to reflect on the current discourse about disability, disabled identities and its interconnections with law and religion.

Possible topics can include, but are not limited to:

-- What social, cultural or religious norms have created exclusive or inclusive environments? E.g. What constraints might the Quebec Charter of Values have created for individuals at the intersection of religion and disabled identities?

-- Religious individuals and organizations face challenges regarding the theological debates regarding inclusivity versus exclusivity in the accommodation of disabled individuals. What are some of the challenges of negotiating theological doctrine and what are the nuances made possible through theology regarding disability?

-- How is disability taught or not taught, in schools or within religious institutions? What are the policies in the education system regarding disability and what challenges are ongoing regarding education and disability?

-- How do religious organizations and law respond to disability within a health framework? What challenges are faced by healthcare workers who are religiously identified or disabled? In what ways are religion, law and disability or disabled identities negotiated?

We welcome submissions from across the disciplines of law, religious studies and disability studies, as well as submissions from outside those fields. Proposals should be no more than 2 pages in length (single spaced) and should include: theoretical and methodological approach; central thesis or argument; and data used within article (i.e. legislation, doctrine). Proposals must be submitted to Ravi Malhotra (Ravi.Malhotra) and Heather Shipley (hshipley) by September 30, 2014. Notifications will be sent out by November 15, 2014 and final submissions will be due January 30, 2015. Full articles should be between 6,000-7,000 words, using the Turabian style guide (16th Edition) or another recognized citation style. All final articles will be subject to the peer-review process. Publication is conditional on reviewer reports. As per Canadian Journal of Disability Studies policies, all methods and methodologies and disciplines are welcome, as are submissions in French or English. This CFP additionally invites perspectives on religion from across traditions, and legal perspectives from outside of Canada or North America.

Academic, Bioethicist, Disabled Person, Ethicist, Health Services Researcher, Lawyer, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Public Servant
Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics: Health and Ecological Destruction: Fracking and Beyond
International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics: Health and Ecological Destruction: Fracking and Beyond

The deadline for submission for this issue is September 1, 2015.

Laura Purdy and Wendy Lynne Lee

“Which questions moral philosophers choose to study—and choose not to study—is itself a moral issue,” wrote Virginia Warren in her groundbreaking 1979 article. Indeed, bioethics has often focused on important, but relatively narrow issues based on the assumption that health is a natural lottery and that the chief moral questions have to do with the quality of care, and fair access to it, or with the implications of new technologies to treat or cure, and questions about reproduction and death. Of course, some writing has always acknowledged many influences on health and thus longevity, encouraged, no doubt, by scholarship in epidemiology, the social determinants of health, interest in food/agriculture issues, and concern about occupational and environmental pollution.

This special issue of IJFAB aims to examine, through a feminist lens, human activities such as fracking, that, by negatively impacting the environment, threaten health.

Science fiction, such as Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, abounds with post-apocalyptic nightmares, but rarely devotes any attention to how they came about or whether they could have been prevented.

Yet, as ever more paths to environmental disaster are opened up by corporate and governmental decisions, the preventable is being touted as inevitable, natural, and good.

Many of us now live in disbelief at the deliberate dismantling of the conditions required for human (and nonhuman) flourishing by people apparently oblivious or disdainful of the consequences. If these forces continue to prevail, it is only a matter of time before the consequences of widespread lack of access to clean water, air and land pollution, desertification, and deforestation, will drastically reduce human life spans, and quite possibly lead to human extinction. The process will exacerbate the fight for survival at all levels, from the individual to the national.

We encourage readers to think about the many ways human activities are putting at risk human health, shortening lives, and risking species suicide.

Possible Topics:

Basic Theories/Concepts:

• Public good vs. Property Rights

• Precautionary Principle vs. Cost/Risk/Benefit

• Environment/Ecology

• Industrialized extraction

• Feminist environmental bioethics

• Thriveability/Flourishing


• Climate Change

• Energy Production Policy

• Food/Agriculture Issues

• Environmental/Health Legislation

• Drugs (Legal and Illegal)

• Exploitation of Public Assets

• Wildlife Preservation

Our main goal is to evaluate the health consequences of activities intended to maintain and expand dependence on fossil fuels, and technology in general, especially that held to be necessary for sustaining rapidly growing populations, no matter at what cost to the environment. These goals, in turn, reflect the needs and interests of continued western hegemony. We encourage potential contributors to contact us for a more detailed description of possible topics. In addition, we hope for submissions on the many related topics not listed here, such as mountain top removal, tar sands development, or as yet unidentified threats.

Academic, Bioethicist, Community Activist, Ethicist, Philosopher, Policy Analyst, Public Health Expert, Social Scientist