Aims and scope of journal

BioSocieties is committed to the scholarly exploration of the crucial social, ethical and policy implications of developments in the life sciences and biomedicine. These developments are increasing our ability to control our own biology; enabling us to create novel life forms; changing our ideas of ‘normality’ and ‘abnormality’; transforming our understanding of personal identity, family relations, ancestry and ‘race’; altering our social and personal expectations and responsibilities; reshaping global economic opportunities and inequalities; creating new global security challenges; and generating new social, ethical, legal and regulatory dilemmas. To address these dilemmas requires us to break out from narrow disciplinary boundaries within the social sciences and humanities, and between these disciplines and the natural sciences, and to develop new ways of thinking about the relations between biology and sociality and between the life sciences and society.

BioSocieties provides a crucial forum where the most rigorous social research and critical analysis of these issues can intersect with the work of leading scientists, social researchers, clinicians, regulators and other stakeholders. BioSocieties defines the key intellectual issues at the science-society interface, and offers pathways to the resolution of the critical local, national and global socio-political challenges that arise from scientific and biomedical advances.

As the first journal of its kind, BioSocieties publishes scholarship across the social science disciplines, and represents a lively and balanced array of perspectives on controversial issues. In its inaugural year BioSocieties demonstrated the constructive potential of interdisciplinary dialogue and debate across the social and natural sciences. We are becoming the journal of choice not only for social scientists, but also for life scientists interested in the larger social, ethical and policy implications of their work. The journal is international in scope, spanning research and developments in all corners of the globe.

BioSocieties is published quarterly, with occasional themed issues that highlight some of the critical questions and problematics of modern biotechnologies. Articles, response pieces, book reviews, and self-standing editorial pieces by social and life scientists form a regular part of the journal.


Impact Factor

Journal Citation Reports®
2012 Impact Factor: 1.405*

JCR Social Sciences Edition
16/36 - Social Sciences, Biomedical

*2012 Journal Citation Reports® (Thomson Reuters, 2013)



The international standard serial number (ISSN) for BioSocieties is 1745-8552 and the electronic international standard serial number (eISSN) is 1745-8560.




Adele Clarke, Department of Social & Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Nikolas Rose, Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, School of Social Science and Public Policy, King's College London, UK
Ilina Singh, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics, UK

Associate Editors

Andrew Lakoff, Department of Sociology Anthropology and Communication, University of Southern California, USA
Filippa Lentzos, Department of Social Science, Health and Medicine, School of Social Science and Public Policy, King's College London, UK
Carlos Novas, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Carleton University, Canada
Chloe Silverman, Science, Technology and Society Program, Penn State University, USA

Reviews Editor

Nicolas Langlitz, Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin, Germany

Editorial Advisory Board

Richard Ashcroft, University of London, UK
Carl Elliott, University of Minnesota, USA
Sarah Franklin, London School of Economics, UK
Emily Jackson, London School of Economics, UK
Martin Johnson, Cambridge University, UK
Evelyn Fox Keller, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Adriana Petryna, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Jack Price, King’s College London, UK
Martin Richards, University of Cambridge, UK
Charles Rosenberg, Harvard University, USA

Journal Manager and Editorial Office

Dawn Bailey, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics, UK

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