Editorial Policy

BioSocieties is an innovative journal in the social sciences, dedicated to advancing analytic understanding of the social, ethical, legal, economic, public and policy aspects of current and emerging developments in the life sciences. Its cross-disciplinary analyses of genomics, neuroscience, psychopharmacology, biomedical and reproductive technologies, and biosecurity will become essential reading for all those in the life science community concerned with the social implications of their work.

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



BioSocieties is a refereed journal; all manuscripts must consist of original material and are reviewed with the explicit understanding that their essential substance will not be submitted for review elsewhere until the editors have made a final decision regarding publication. Articles that describe the results of studies involving human subjects must give evidence that such studies have been subjected to appropriate ethical review.

The editors of BioSocieties are committed to publishing articles that are accessible and relevant to readers across a diverse set of social science and life science disciplines. All authors are therefore strongly encouraged to submit manuscripts which are free of jargon, and which fully explicate potentially unfamiliar disciplinary theories and concepts.

Manuscripts must be submitted by email as Word documents to the Journal Manager Dawn Bailey at


Open Access & Self Archiving

Self-archiving (green open access)

Authors of accepted articles are encouraged to submit the author's version of the accepted paper (the unedited manuscript) to a repository to be made openly available after the self-archiving embargo period has elapsed.

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Publishing open access (gold open access)

Upon acceptance, authors can indicate whether they wish to pay an optional article processing charge (APC) for their article to be made open access online immediately upon publication. By paying this charge authors are also permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on a website, institutional repository or other free public server, immediately on publication.

Open access articles are published under Creative Commons licenses, which allow authors to retain copyright to their work while making it open to readers.

If authors opt to publish via the open access route then the corresponding author must complete and sign the Article Processing Charge (APC) payment form and an open access License to Publish (LTP) form on behalf of all authors, and return these to the editorial office. These forms will be provided upon acceptance of the article. Failure to promptly return forms will result in delay of publication.

Please note with regards to payment that usual credit terms are 30 days from receipt of invoice. Failure to pay your invoice within the stated credit term may result in the Open Access status of the paper being rescinded, with the paper being placed behind the paywall. You may also be subject to such penalties as restrictions on your ability to publish with Palgrave Macmillan in the future, involvement of a third party debt collection agency and legal proceedings.

Please see our OA FAQs for further information about licenses, APCs, and our free OA funding support service.

Compliance with open access mandates

Palgrave Macmillan's publishing policies ensure that authors can fully comply with the public access requirements of many major funding bodies worldwide. Authors may need to take specific actions to achieve compliance with funder and institutional open access mandates.

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Manuscript Preparations

Please submit an electronic copy of the manuscript that meets the following requirements:

A. Manuscripts should not exceed 10,000 words (including footnotes, but excluding references) and should be double-spaced and typed in Times New Roman, 12 point font. Please include consecutive page numbers on all pages, and arrange the manuscript in the following order:

  • cover letter
  • title page
  • abstract and keywords
  • main text
  • acknowledgements
  • references
  • appendix
  • table/figure captions
  • tables and figures

Tables and figures should not be embedded in the main text but must be referred to at the appropriate point in the text.

B. The cover letter should confirm that the manuscript is comprised of original material that is not under review elsewhere, and that the study(ies) on which the research is based has been subject to appropriate ethical review. Authors must also note whether they have any competing interests – intellectual or financial – in the research detailed in the manuscript. The cover letter must be signed by all authors.

C. Please include the following information on the title page: name, email and professional affiliation of all authors. If there are multiple authors, please note the corresponding author on the title page, along with relevant telephone and fax numbers. Short biographies (50 words max each) should also be provided for each author. Please also provide a manuscript word count.

D. An abstract of no more than 200 words should precede the text. Include six keywords/phrases for indexing purposes.

E. References: Authors should comply with the guidelines set forth in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (4th Edition). The Editors reserve the right to return manuscripts that do not follow appropriate APA citation format.

In-text citations should include the author’s last name and date of publication, and may include page numbers; for example, Kramer (1993), Knapp, Scott & Davies (1999). If more than one citation is listed, citations should be in alphabetical order. Every in-text citation must be listed in the references section, and every reference must be cited in the text. Citations listed in footnotes must also be listed in the references section.


    Dreifus, C. (1978). Seizing our bodies: The politics of women’s health care. New York: Vintage Press.

    Pauls, D.L. (1991). Genetic factors in the expression of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 1, 353-360.

    Taylor, J., Gilligan, C., & Sullivan, A. (1995). Between voice and silence: Women, girls, race, and relationships. Cambridge: Harvard University Press.

    Bordo, S. (1997). Braveheart, Babe, and the contemporary body. In: E. Parens (Ed.), Enhancing human traits: Ethical and social implications, 189-221. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.

    Wilson, D. (2010) Creating the ‘ethics industry’: Mary Warnock, in vitro fertilization and the history of bioethics in Britain, BioSocieties advance online publication, November 29, 2010; doi:10.1057/biosoc.2010.26


The copyright of all material published in the journal is held by The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Authors of accepted papers will be asked to sign a form assigning copyright to the LSE.

Submission of a paper for refereeing means that the author certifies that the manuscript is not copyrighted; nor has it been accepted for publication (or published) by a refereed journal; nor is it being refereed elsewhere at the same time. Submission of a paper to more than one journal simultaneously is unacceptable both to the Editor of this journal and to the editors of other journals in the field.

Contributors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce any material in which they do not hold copyright for worldwide publication in all forms and media, including electronic publication, and for ensuring that the appropriate acknowledgements are included in their manuscripts.

Authors may publish figures or any other part of their contribution in any other work directly by them, without asking permission, provided that the usual acknowledgements are made.



The corresponding author receives a copy of the proofs, which should be returned within 48 hours. The only corrections made should be to answer copy editing queries or to correct typesetting errors.



Corresponding authors will receive a PDF of their article. This PDF offprint is provided for personal use. It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to pass the PDF offprint onto co-authors (if relevant) and ensure that they are aware of the conditions pertaining to its use.

The PDF must not be placed on a publicly-available website for general viewing, or otherwise distributed without seeking our permission, as this would contravene our copyright policy and potentially damage the journal’s circulation. Please visit to see our latest copyright policy.


Business matters

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Ethics Policy

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics. We expect all prospective authors to read and understand our Ethics Policy before submitting any manuscript to this journal. This policy details the responsibilities of all authors, editors and reviewers working with and for Palgrave Macmillan Journals as well as our own ethical responsibilities. This includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism, falsification of data, misuse of third party material, fabrication of results and fraudulent authorship. Please note that submitted manuscripts may be subject to checks using the iThenticate service, in conjunction with CrossCheck, in order to detect instances of overlapping and similar text. The iThenticate software checks submissions against millions of published research papers, documents on the web, and other relevant sources. If plagiarism or misconduct is found, consequences are detailed in the policy.

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