Call for papers “Research Ethics: setting up frameworks to promote good practices

We are launching a new call for papers for the October 2022 (27.2) issue about “Research Ethics: Frameworks for promoting best research practices”.

Edited by Elsa González-Esteban (Universitat Jaume I), René Von Schomberg (European Comission/Technical University of Darmstadt) & Rosana Sanahuja  (Universitat Jaume I). 

Deadline date for proposals: 15 September 2021

Issue publication date: 1 October 2022

Languages: English, Spanish, Valencian.

Submit a manuscript: see instruction at the site of the Journal:

Research practice, as an organised activity that pursues common goals and shares rules, values and processes, is under enormous pressure at the start of the 21st century due to contradictory demands of the research system.

On the one hand, researchers’ careers are determined by the number of publications and where they are published, rather than their contributions to socially relevant research missions. Research productivity is measured in numbers of publications rather than its relevant impact on society. The management of research performing organisations is often motivated by national or international rankings. Economic interests and publishing in high impact journals are drivers of research and are prioritised over establishing responsible research and innovation practices. 

On the other hand, some national and international political initiatives do promote research that addresses societal challenges such as the sustainable development goals. Equally, researchers are expected to meet high ethical standards in their research conduct, which covers aspects such as setting research agendas, publishing practices and outreach activities as well as ensuring the reproducibility of the data on which publications are based. 

Responsible research and innovation practices require multi-stakeholder governance structures, fostering open science and co-creation and co-design of research and innovation agendas aiming at socially desirable outcomes 

This monograph deals with the contradictory demands on the research system. The following themes will be covered:

– Ethics as a driver of responsible research and innovation. 

– The normative guidelines underpinning good open science practices.

– Research for public goods (e.g. vaccines, SDGs etc.).

– Knowledge production as public good vs. the trend to ‘commodify’ knowledge and closed science in the context of industrial research.

– Mechanisms for increasing research productivity in terms of addressing societal challenges rather than number of publications.

– Obstacles and incentives for establishing research ethics.

– Collective and shared responsibility in research processes.

– How to foster open science that is excellent, responsible and credible on the basis of scientific integrity.

– Ethical research and innovation governance. How to identify and implement normative governance structures for open science.

– How to promote principles of scientific integrity in research practices.

– Critical analyses of the current pressures on research systems. 

– The role of society, industry and politics in excellent/responsible research.

About Rene von Schomberg

Dr. Dr.phil. RENE VON SCHOMBERG is a philosopher and a STS specialist. He is currently Guest Professor at the Technical University of Darmstadt. He holds Ph.D's from the University of Twente (NL) (Science and Technology Studies) and J.W.Goethe University in Frankfurt (Philosophy). He has been a European Union Fellow at George Mason University, USA in 2007 and has been with the European Commission since 1998, where he is now leading a team on Open Science. He is author/co-editor of 14 books, and establishing a global resource on Responsible Innovation. In july 2019, the 'International Handbook on Responsible Innovation. A global rescource' was published. The book brings together the work of 60 leading authors from all over the world. He is running a blog:
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