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History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences

History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences

Main editor: Staffan Műller-Wille

ISSN: 0391-9714 (print version)
ISSN: 1742-6316 (electronic version)

Journal no. 40656

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  • Open to historical, philosophical and social studies of the full range of the life sciences, including medicine, agriculture and biotechnology
  • Presents pioneering discussions of the philosophical, social and historical relevance of key developments in the life sciences
  • Represents research communities and traditions around the world
  • Includes Comments & Notes section with discussion pieces, review articles and interviews 

History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences is an interdisciplinary journal committed to providing an integrative approach to understanding the life sciences. In specific terms, it welcomes submissions from biologists, historians, philosophers, and scholars in the social study of science that offer broad and interdisciplinary perspectives on the development of biology, especially as these perspectives illuminate both biology’s scientific development and its larger role in society. Submissions which are collaborative and feature different disciplinary approaches are especially encouraged, as are submissions written by senior and junior scholars (including graduate students).

HPLS also welcomes submissions featuring novel formats. While it is anticipated most submissions will represent recent scholarship, they may also include essays on contemporary issues or perspectives, results of unique workshops, and/or discussions featuring a wide-range of perspectives. Papers are published on the understanding that they have not been published before and are not concurrently under offer to any other journal. Authors will usually receive a decision on their articles within 3 months of receipt.


Journal encourages submissions of:
- Historical and philosophical research of all life science disciplines
- Interdisciplinary research of Medicine
- English Book reviews of non-English books that fall within area of remit
- Philosophical or historical discussions about Bioethics

Related subjects » Epistemology & Philosophy of Science - Life Sciences

Impact Factor: 0.13 (2016) * 

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    History and Philosophy of the Life Sciences (HPLS) is an interdisciplinary journal committed to an integrative approach to understanding the life sciences and aimed at an audience of scientists as well as humanities scholars. It welcomes submissions from biologists, historians, philosophers and scholars in the social study of science that offer a variety of disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives on key developments in the life sciences and their impact on society. This includes innovative work on the dynamics of theory and practice resulting from medical and agro-industrial applications of the life sciences.

    HPLS especially encourages proposals of special issues that feature a variety of disciplinary approaches, as well as submissions written by junior scholars (including graduate students). While most submissions will feature original research, they may also include opinion pieces, reports from workshops and conferences, as well as interviews and other unusual formats. HPLS also publishes book reviews with a special emphasis on non-English-language books that fall within its remit.

    All contributions are published on the understanding that they have not been published before and are not concurrently under offer to any other journal. Authors will usually receive a decision on their articles within 3 months of receipt.

    Impact Factor: 0.214 (2014), Journal Citation Reports®, Thomson Reuters

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