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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:

Manuscripts can be written in TeX, LaTeX (strongly recommended). Please note that we do not accept papers in Plain TEX format. Text files can be also submitted as standard DOCUMENT (.DOC) which is acceptable if the submission in LATEX is not possible. For an initial submission, the authors are strongly advised to upload their entire manuscript, including tables and figures, as a single PDF file. Authors are strongly advised to submit the final version of the paper using the journal’s LATEX template.

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 January 31, 2019 (extended deadline). Individual papers will be reviewed and published online on an ongoing basis.
Contributors to the Topical Issue will benefit from:

  • indexation in SCOPUS
  • NO submission and publication FEES
  • fair and constructive peer review provided by experts in the field
  • no space constraints
  • convenient, web-based paper submission and tracking system – Editorial Manager
  • free language assistance for authors from non-English speaking regions
  • fast online publication upon completing the publishing process (continuous publication model)
  • better visibility due to Open Access
  • long-term preservation of the content (all articles archived in Portico)
  • extensive post-publication promotion for selected papers

We are looking forward to your submission.
In case of any question please contact Dr. Justyna Żuk, Managing Editor of Paladyn, JBR (Justyna.Zuk@degruyteropen.com).



Towards animal-friendly machines
Oliver Bendel
See press release at DG, labroots, sciencedaily, phys.org, digitaltrends, anthropocenemagazine

Liability for Autonomous and Artificially Intelligent Robots
Woodrow Barfield

Masahiro Mori’s Buddhist philosophy of robot
Takeshi Kimura

Corporantia: Is moral consciousness above individual brains/robots?
Christopher Charles Santos-Lang

The soldier’s tolerance for autonomous systems
Jai Galliott

GenEth: a general ethical dilemma analyzer
Michael Anderson and Susan Leigh Anderson

Autonomy in surgical robots and its meaningful human control (accepted; to appear in December 2018)
Fanny Ficuciello, Guglielmo Tamburrini, Alberto Arezzo, Luigi Villani, and Bruno Siciliano

AI for the common good?! Pitfalls, challenges, and ethics pen-testing (accepted; to appear in December 2018)
Bettina Berendt
Presently available at arXiv: https://arxiv.org/abs/1810.12847