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Paladyn, Journal of Behavioral Robotics: Topical Issue on Roboethics

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Editorial Board/Guest Editors:
Fiorella Operto (lead GE), The School of Robotics, Italy (email: operto@scuoladirobotica.it)
Raja Chatila, ISIR, University Pierre and Marie Curie, France
Guido Nicolosi, University of Catania, Italy
George Bekey, University of Southern California, USA
Mariachiara Tallacchini, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Italy

Editorial Advisory Board:
Gianmarco Veruggio, CNR-IEIIT, Italy


Employed by human society in numbers and applications larger than today, robotics is going to trigger widespread social and economic changes, opening new social and ethical problems for which designers, manufacturers, end user, and public, and private policy must be prepared now. As the application field for robots is widening, and the robot is coming out of the factory halls (cobots), new challenges are seen, and even a change of paradigm is taking shape. New Human-Robot interactions are to be forecasted, involving human body, health care and augmentation issues, challenging privacy, human communication and social interactions, and digital/robotics divide.

Roboethics deals with the ethical aspects of the design, development and employment of intelligent machines. It shares many subjects and methodology with computer ethics, information ethics and bioethics. Roboethical issues are new and never fully explored, involving transdisciplinarity and calling for original solution that we would need the contributions and efforts of all scientific and human disciplines, in a common endeavor. In fact, not only roboticists, but also Law, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, and Philosophy are studying the potentialities of these intelligent machines in relation to human beings.

Topics related to roboethical issues include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Economy (replacing humans in the workplace; robotics and the job market)
  • Psychology (position of humans in the control hierarchy; robots and children)
  • Law (robots and liability; deployment of autonomously acting robots)
  • Health (robotics in surgery; robotics in health care, assistance, prosthetics and therapy)
  • Military application of robotics (acceptability, advantages and risks, codes)
  • Environment (underwater robotics noise pollution; cleaning nuclear and toxic waste)
  • Service (social robotics, personal assistants, companions)
  • Technical dependability (availability; reliability; safety; security)

The authors are requested to submit their full revised version of papers to the topical issue complying the general scope of the journal. The submitted papers will undergo peer-review process before they can be accepted. Notification of acceptance will be communicated as we progress with the review process.


Before submission authors should carefully read the Instructions for Authors:
All submissions to the Topical Issue must be made electronically via the online submission system:
All manuscripts will undergo the standard peer review process (single-blind, at least two independent reviewers). When entering your submission via online submission system please choose the option “Topical Issue on Roboethics”.

Due to a number of requests, the Topical Issue is again open for submissions. All authors who would like to contribute to the Part II (published in 2019) are welcome to submit a paper by October 31, 2018. Individual papers will be reviewed and published online on an ongoing basis.
Contributors to the Topical Issue will benefit from:

  • fair and constructive peer review provided by experts in the field
  • no space constraints
  • NO submission and publication FEES
  • convenient, web-based paper submission and tracking system – Editorial Manager
  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions
  • fast online publication of articles (continuous publication model)
  • Open Access to your article for all interested readers
  • indexation in SCOPUS
  • long-time preservation (articles archived in Portico)
  • extensive post-publication promotion

We are looking forward to your submission.
If you have any question, please contact us at Justyna.Zuk@degruyteropen.com (Dr. Justyna Żuk, ME of PJBR).