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Science and Engineering Ethics

Science and Engineering Ethics

Main Editors: R.E. Spier; S.J. Bird

ISSN: 1353-3452 (print version)
ISSN: 1471-5546 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11948

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    Science and Engineering Ethics is a multi-disciplinary journal launched in January 1995 which is dedicated to exploring ethical issues of direct concern to scientists and engineers covering professional education, research and practice as well as the effects of innovations and research findings on the wider society.

    Controversies in science and instances of misconduct have received considerable media attention. In addition, the range of new capabilities and understandings that result from research in science and engineering, and the power of these developments, have become a source of concern within the societies in which most people live and work. Science and Engineering Ethics provides a forum for the examination and discussion of ethical issues that arise in the practice of scientific research and engineering, and in the practical application of that work.

    For the purpose of the journal, science and engineering are defined broadly and include all aspects of human endeavor that seek to increase the range and quality of knowledge and its application to the generation of goods and services that benefit individuals and society as a whole.

    Although the focus of this publication, its primary audience and contributors, are practitioners of science and engineering, contributions from a broad range of disciplines are included. The journal presents an opportunity for the discussion of ethical values and professional standards as well as for exploring the expectations and concerns of

    professionals in science. In addition, Science and Engineering Ethics provides material which will be useful for the education and training of scientists and engineers in the ethical issues encountered in the workplace.

    The journal also provides a forum for the exchange of views on the many issues that are presented to society by innovations in science and engineering. These include new products that have arisen from genetic engineering, informatics, nucleonics, robotics and the ability to manipulate the fertilization process. Other concerns emerge from the use of animals in research, approaches to healthcare, the persuasiveness of the media, the sustainability of a high quality environment and the way in which towns and cities are built and used.

    Some areas explored in the journal include:

    • Institutional responsibilities for maintaining ethical standards
    • Risk assessment in public health, safety and the environment
    • Computer ethics including data protection, viruses, and copyright
    • Ethics and the new biotechnologies
    • Biomedical ethics
    • Animal and human subjects in research
    • Science and technology in the development of public policy
    • Professional codes of conduct and practice
    • Scientific freedom and responsibility
    • Conflicts of interest
    • Educational programs including curricula, formats, and strategies
    • Responsibilities of mentors, referees and external examiners
    • Project evaluation and peer review
    • Authorship, intellectual property, and publication practices
    • Bias in research data selection, data manipulation, data management
    • Legal matters and professional competence
    • Whistleblowing
    • Research misconduct
    • Discrimination and harassment in the workplace
    • Science and Engineering Ethics welcomes manuscripts from those who wish to make contributions to progress in this field. The journal is of particular interest to the following individuals and their institutional libraries: scientists; engineers; researchers; social scientists; healthcare workers; philosophers; lawyers; teachers; clerics; students; managers of science, engineering and public policy. Science and Engineering Ethics publishes original research papers, reviews, comment pieces, letters, editorials, book reviews and conference reports. Papers containing original research are double-blind refereed.

    Science and Engineering Ethics welcomes manuscripts from those who wish to make contributions to progress in this field. The journal is of particular interest to the following individuals and their institutional libraries: scientists; engineers; researchers; social scientists; healthcare workers; philosophers; lawyers; teachers; clerics; students; managers of science, engineering and public policy. Science and Engineering Ethics publishes original research papers, reviews, comment pieces, letters, editorials, book reviews and conference reports. Papers containing original research are double-blind refereed.

    Science and Engineering Ethics welcomes manuscripts from those who wish to make contributions to progress in this field. The journal is of particular interest to the following individuals and their institutional libraries: scientists; engineers; researchers; social scientists; healthcare workers; philosophers; lawyers; teachers; clerics; students; managers of science, engineering and public policy. Science and Engineering Ethics publishes original research papers, reviews, comment pieces, letters, editorials, book reviews and conference reports. Papers containing original research are double-blind refereed.

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