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Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technology

Editor-in-Chief: Cutter, Anthony Mark

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2014: 0.152
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2014: 0.513
Impact per Publication (IPP) 2014: 0.444

Aims and Scope

Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technology is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal that focuses on the ethical and legal issues that arise from emerging technologies. At the intersection of theory and practice the journal combines conceptual analysis and normative deliberations in order to shape academic debates and policy decisions.

Technological advances provide opportunities and challenges that require a policy response. Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technology seeks high quality work that explores the synergy between law and ethics and provides a robust response to these opportunities and challenges. More specifically, the journal focuses on technologies that are likely to have a significant impact on the environment, society, and/or humanity. These will include, but not be limited to:

  • Biotechnologies
  • Nanotechnologies
  • Neurotechologies
  • Information Technologies
  • Weapons and Security Technology
  • Energy and Fuel Technology
  • Space Based Technologies
  • New Media and Communication Technologies

Type of Publication:

Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technology is a peer-reviewed and policy-focused journal that examines the ethical and legal issues that arise from emerging technologies. While much attention has gone to specific fields such as bioethics, this is the first journal to address the broad scope of all technologies and their impact on the environment, society, and humanity. Topics include biotech, nanotech, neurotech, IT, weapons, energy and fuel, space-based technology, and new media and communications. Articles explore the synergy between law and ethics, and provide a robust policy response to technology's opportunities and challenges. The journal is edited by Anthony Mark Cutter (University of Central Lancashire); co-editors include some of the best-known figures in their fields, such as NASA's David Grinspoon, NIH bioethicist David Resnik, and technology law advisor Jeffrey H. Matsuura.

Publication History

Annual, updated continuously
Content available since 2007 (Volume 1, Issue 1)
ISSN: 1941-6008

What scholars are saying about Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technology

Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technology really constitutes an outstanding and innovative way of regarding ethical and law issues related to technology.

Eduardo Rueda, Institute of Bioethics, Universidad Javeriana

This journal contains very relevant information in relation to the mixture of topical ethical and legal issues and has a place in every library collection for researchers working in these areas.

Mike Legge, Departments of Biochemistry and Pathology, University of Otago

Instructions for Authors


This document provides authors with details on policy, copyediting, formatting, and layout requirements pertaining to final manuscript submission to this journal. All manuscripts must have correct formatting to be considered for publication. 

The manuscript submission and review process is handled through ScholarOne Manuscripts. All manuscripts should be submitted to


Unpublished material: Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described is not copyrighted, published or submitted elsewhere, except in abstract form. The corresponding author should ensure that all authors approve the manuscript before its submission.

Copyright: Manuscripts are accepted on condition of transfer of copyright (for U.S. government employees: to the extent transferable) to Studies in Ethics, Law, and Technology. Once the manuscript is accepted, it may not be published elsewhere without the consent of the copyright holders.


The ScholarOne system has been designed to improve the scholarly publication process for authors. Among the many improvements we offer over traditional journals, the most significant is that we have dramatically shortened the period between the initial submission and the final publication of a peer-reviewed article. Much of this time savings is due to the innovative use of electronic publication. These innovations, however, require certain changes in the way authors need to prepare accepted manuscripts for electronic publication.

De Gruyter does provide a light copyedit of manuscripts for this journal, but authors remain responsible for being their own copyeditors.


All manuscripts must be written in clear and concise English.  If you have reasons to doubt your proficiency with respect to spelling, grammar, etc. (e.g., because English is not your native language), then you may wish to employ—at your expense—the services of a professional language editor.

Please get in touch with the Language Editors directly to discuss details. 

• Alexandra Griswold
Areas of expertise: public policy, political science, education, economics, social sciences, humanities, ethics

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• Manuscripts should be submitted as Word, docx, rtf, or LaTex files
• If your manuscript contains special characters, equations, etc. please make sure to also supply a PDF version as a reference file. This will be used to ensure any formatting issues introduced during the submission process can be corrected accurately.
• Write your article in English
• Use the following document structure:
1. Introduction (titling this section is optional)
2. Subsequent sections which include tables, references to figures and figure captions.
3. Appendices (if any).
4. Explanation of symbols mentioned in the text.
5. References - Include a proper bibliography following the guidelines in the References section below.
6.  Please supply figures in separate files, not embedded in the text. Please see the “Tables, Figures, and Graphs” section below for more detailed instructions regarding figure submission.


• Book reviews must start with the citation of the book at the top of the first page.


For authors working with LaTeX files, please see the related files and documentation at, including a template for author use and instructions for working with the files.


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Halftone figures (grayscale and color) should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and be of good contrast. Authors are welcome to submit color illustrations. We are pleased to offer both Print and Online publication of color figures free of charge.the services of a professional language editor.
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Offprints: The electronic files of typeset articles in Adobe Acrobat PDF format are provided free of charge; corresponding authors receive notification that their article has been published online. Paper offprints can be ordered in addition; an offprint order form will accompany the page proofs and should be completed and returned with the corrected proofs immediately.
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Anthony Mark Cutter, University of Central Lancashire United Kingdom

Associate Editors

Jens Clausen, Tuebingen University, Germany
David Grinspoon, Denver Museum of Nature & Science / University of Colorado, United States
David Hunter, Keele University, United Kingdom
Patrick Lin, The Nanoethics Group, United States
Andy Miah, University of the West of Scotland, United Kingdom
John Paterson, University of Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Thomas Ploug, Aalborg University, Denmark
Michael Selgelid, CAPPE at Australian National University, Australia
Kush Wadhwa, Global Security Intelligence, United States

Book Reviews Editor

David Resnik, National Institutes of Health, United States

International Advisory Board

Ruth Chadwick, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
Thomas Douglas, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Henk ten Have, Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, United States
Matti Häyry ,University of Finland, Finland
Richard Hull, University of Galway, Republic of Ireland
Alastair Kent, Genetics Interest Group, United Kingdom
Darryl Macer, UNESCO, Bangkok, Thailand
Alex Mauron, Institute of Biomedical Ethics, Switzerland
Ellen McGee, The Long Island Center for Ethics, United States
Thomas Pogge, Australian National University, Australia
James Tansey, University of British Columbia, Canada

Fuel and Energy Technology
Michael Epperson, California State University, Sacramento, United States
Leonard Evans, Science Serving Society, United States
Abhik Gupta, Assam University, India

Information Technology
Olson Decourcey Alleyne, Barrister-at-Law, Barbados
Philip Brey, University of Twente, The Netherlands
Rafael Capurro, International Center for Information Ethics, Germany
Michael Froomkin, University of Miami School of Law, United States
Alan Gillies, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom
Jeffrey H. Matsuura, Alliance Law Group, United States
Sabine Roeser, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
John Sullins, Sonoma State University, United States
Herman Tavani, Rivier College, United States
Anton H. Vedder, Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society, The Netherlands

Fritz Allhoff, Western Michigan University, United States
Davis Baird, University of South Carolina, United States
Nigel M. de S. Cameron, llinois Institute of Technology, United States
Robert A. Freitas Jr., Institute for Molecular Manufacturing, United States
Armin Grunwald, University of Karlsruhe, Germany
Gary E. Marchant, Arizona State University, United States
Thomas M. Powers, University of Delaware, United States
Joachim Schummer, HYLE, Germany
Roger Strand, University of Bergen, Norway
James Wilsden, DEMOS, United Kingdom
Gregor Wolbring, University of Calgary, Canada

Alena Buyx, University of Münster, Germany
Anjan Chatterjee, University of Pennsylvannia, United States
James Giordano, Georgetown University Medical Center, United States
Walter Glannon, University of Calgary, Canada
Adam Kolber, University of San Diego, School of Law, United States
Neil Levy, Centre for Applied Public Policy and Ethics, Australia
Glen McGee, Bioethics Education Network, United States
Georg Northoff, University of Magdeburg, Germany
Thomas Zoëga Ramsøy, Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Copenhagen University Hospital, Hvidovre, Denmark

New Media and Communication Technology
Charlie Gere, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
Fred Turner, Stanford University, United States
T. Sibley Verbeck, The Electric Sheep Company, United States
Catherine Waldby, The University of Sydney, Australia
Duncan Webb, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Joanna Zylinska Goldsmiths, University of London, United Kingdom

Space Based Technology
Tare Brisibe, National Space Research and Development Agency, Nigeria
Monica Konrad, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
Rene Oosterlinck, European Space Agency, France
Mark Williamson, Independent Space Consultant, United Kingdom

Weapons and Security Technology
Malcolm Dando, University of Bradford, United Kingdom
Sohail H. Hashmi, Mount Holyoke College, United States
Karen Maschke, Hastings Centre, United States
Roy McLeod, MINERVA, United Kingdom
Emillio Mordini, Centre for Science and Society, Italy
Niall Scott, University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom
Jean Pascal Zanders, The BioWeapons Prevention Project, Switzerland

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