Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Philosophy, Science, and Law: Responsible Conduct of Research
Within the context of a shifting research environment, the Journal of Philosophy, Science, and Law is inviting authors to submit new manuscripts that address the responsible conduct of research (RCR). Scientific research is conducted in a significantly different environment than it was 20 – or even 10 – years ago. Among the most notable changes are: new technologies that both yield highly novel results and decrease the transparency of the methods used; the increased pressure on academic researchers to secure intellectual property rights to their research; and interdisciplinary research efforts that are conducted collaboratively across the globe. These changes raise new challenges and questions about modern research practices.
Topics suitable for this Call for Papers include but are not limited to:
• How technology contributes to the occurrence, or detection, of research misconduct.
• Whether the incidence of falsification, fabrication, and plagiarism or other problematic research practices is increasing.
• Whether contemporary peer review processes are adequate for assessing journal submissions or whether alternative methods should be used (e.g., open peer review).
• How RCR policies from federal agencies, including those ones from NSF and NIH, are affecting research practices.
• How federal regulations, including those from the U.S. Public Health Service relating to fCOI, are affecting research communities.
• Whether recent community RCR guidelines, such as the Singapore Statement, adequately address the challenges emerging from a highly interdisciplinary and international research environment.
Manuscripts submitted for inclusion in this special issue must be original work and should not be under consideration with any other journal. The word count for submitted manuscripts, including references and notes, should not exceed 5000 words. Manuscripts should be accompanied by an abstract of no more than 200 words. Authors should adhere as closely as possible to the Journal’s publication guidelines: http://www.miami.edu/ethics/jpsl/submission.html. Authors should submit their manuscripts and abstracts via email attachments no later than August 1, 2013 to Dr. Levi Wood: LBWOOD(at)PARTNERS(dot)ORG. The email subject line should read JPSL-RCR. Accepted manuscripts will be published online in December 2013/January 2014.