Logo - springer
Slogan - springer

Philosophy - Ethics | Neuroethics - incl. option to publish open access



Main editor: Neil Levy

ISSN: 1874-5504 (electronic version)

Journal no. 12152

Supplementary material

Perhaps the single most controversial topic concerns whether, and when, it is permissible for agents deliberately to enhance their cognition using the tools that contemporary neuroscience provides. Recent debate has focused in particular on moral enhancement: the (alleged) improvement in agents’ moral thought and behaviour using these tools. Many people think that traditional means of improving ourselves (reading, reflecting, talking to one another, and so on) are not merely permissible but laudatory, while using new technologies (psychopharmacology, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and so on) is impermissible or at any rate questionable. The purpose of Farah Focquaert and Maartje Schermer’s paper is to probe this question: do the means used matter morally, when it comes to moral enhancement?
They argue that the means do matter, but it is not the direct versus indirect distinction that is relevant here. Rather, it is the question of the extent to which the agent is active in their own transformation. When agents are passive, there is a greater risk that their identities might be disrupted or their autonomy compromised.
The symposium hosted by the philosophy blog Brains gave commentators an opportunity to test this claim and to extend it, and for the authors’ to reply. By bringing together legal scholars, philosophers and ethicists from five different countries and a variety of different theoretical orientations, it illustrates the breadth of neuroethics, as well as significantly advancing our understanding of this controversial topic.

For authors and editors

  • Journal Citation Reports®, Thomson Reuters
    2015 Impact Factor
  • 1.305
  • Aims and Scope

    Aims and Scope


    This journal will offer FREE ACCESS to the FULL TEXT of all articles during 2008 and 2009.

    Aims and Scope

    Neuroethics will be an international peer-reviewed journal dedicated to academic articles on the ethical, legal, political, social and philosophical issues provoked by research in the contemporary sciences of the mind, especially, but not only, neuroscience, psychiatry and psychology. The journal will publish high-quality reflections on questions raised by the sciences of the mind, and on the ways in which the sciences of the mind illuminate longstanding debates in ethics.

    • To publish the highest-quality work on the ethical issues raised by the sciences of the mind, thereby establishing the journal as the leading forum for neuroethical discussion.
    • To drive and shape the agenda for neuroethics, by ensuring high standards and by encouraging attention to the entire range of neuroethical issues.
    • To encourage the development of neuroethics and raise the standard of discussion, in particular by promoting interdisciplinary research, which is empirically well-informed and philosophically sophisticated.
    • To keep readers up-to-date with relevant developments in the sciences of the mind and in cognate disciplines including, but not limited to, philosophy, bioethics, the human and social sciences and the law.
    • To provide useful and informative reviews, including extended symposia, short critical notices, and a list of new books.
    • To publish papers from workshops/symposia/conference panels that we will collectively encourage and/or organize.

    The journal will be highly inclusive in its scope: it will publish articles with a historical focus on earlier philosophical discussions of neuroethics, as well as articles with a contemporary focus. It will seek contributions from a range of academic disciplines; as such, it will seek to promote fruitful dialogue between all members of the ethical, medical, legal and social science communities.

  • Submit Online
  • Open Choice - Your Way to Open Access
  • Instructions for Authors

    Instructions for Authors


  • Author Academy: Training for Authors
  • Copyright Information

    Copyright Information


    Copyright Information

    For Authors

    Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before (except in form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, review or thesis); that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as – tacitly or explicitly – by the responsible authorities at the institution where the work was carried out.

    Author warrants (i) that he/she is the sole owner or has been authorized by any additional copyright owner to assign the right, (ii) that the article does not infringe any third party rights and no license from or payments to a third party is required to publish the article and (iii) that the article has not been previously published or licensed. The author signs for and accepts responsibility for releasing this material on behalf of any and all co-authors. Transfer of copyright to Springer (respective to owner if other than Springer) becomes effective if and when a Copyright Transfer Statement is signed or transferred electronically by the corresponding author. After submission of the Copyright Transfer Statement signed by the corresponding author, changes of authorship or in the order of the authors listed will not be accepted by Springer.

    The copyright to this article, including any graphic elements therein (e.g. illustrations, charts, moving images), is assigned for good and valuable consideration to Springer effective if and when the article is accepted for publication and to the extent assignable if assignability is restricted for by applicable law or regulations (e.g. for U.S. government or crown employees).

    The copyright assignment includes without limitation the exclusive, assignable and sublicensable right, unlimited in time and territory, to reproduce, publish, distribute, transmit, make available and store the article, including abstracts thereof, in all forms of media of expression now known or developed in the future, including pre- and reprints, translations, photographic reproductions and microform. Springer may use the article in whole or in part in electronic form, such as use in databases or data networks for display, print or download to stationary or portable devices. This includes interactive and multimedia use and the right to alter the article to the extent necessary for such use.

    Authors may self-archive the Author's accepted manuscript of their articles on their own websites. Authors may also deposit this version of the article in any repository, provided it is only made publicly available 12 months after official publication or later. He/she may not use the publisher's version (the final article), which is posted on SpringerLink and other Springer websites, for the purpose of self-archiving or deposit. Furthermore, the Author may only post his/her version provided acknowledgement is given to the original source of publication and a link is inserted to the published article on Springer's website. The link must be accompanied by the following text: "The final publication is available at link.springer.com".

    Prior versions of the article published on non-commercial pre-print servers like arXiv.org can remain on these servers and/or can be updated with Author's accepted version. The final published version (in pdf or html/xml format) cannot be used for this purpose. Acknowledgement needs to be given to the final publication and a link must be inserted to the published article on Springer's website, accompanied by the text "The final publication is available at link.springer.com". Author retains the right to use his/her article for his/her further scientific career by including the final published journal article in other publications such as dissertations and postdoctoral qualifications provided acknowledgement is given to the original source of publication.

    Author is requested to use the appropriate DOI for the article. Articles disseminated via link.springer.com are indexed, abstracted and referenced by many abstracting and information services, bibliographic networks, subscription agencies, library networks, and consortia.

    For Readers

    While the advice and information in this journal is believed to be true and accurate at the date of its publication, neither the authors, the editors, nor the publisher can accept any legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may have been made. The publisher makes no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the material contained herein.

    All articles published in this journal are protected by copyright, which covers the exclusive rights to reproduce and distribute the article (e.g., as offprints), as well as all translation rights. No material published in this journal may be reproduced photographically or stored on microfilm, in electronic data bases, video disks, etc., without first obtaining written permission from the publisher (respective the copyright owner if other than Springer). The use of general descriptive names, trade names, trademarks, etc., in this publication, even if not specifically identified, does not imply that these names are not protected by the relevant laws and regulations.

    Springer has partnered with Copyright Clearance Center's RightsLink service to offer a variety of options for reusing Springer content. For permission to reuse our content please locate the material that you wish to use on link.springer.com or on springerimages.com and click on the permissions link or go to copyright.com, then enter the title of the publication that you wish to use. For assistance in placing a permission request, Copyright Clearance Center can be connected directly via phone: +1-855-239-3415, fax: +1-978-646-8600, or e-mail: info@copyright.com.

    © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht

Alerts for this journal


Get the table of contents of every new issue published in Neuroethics.