Call for Papers: GAIA Special Issue 2024 on sustainable development and ethics of science


Call for Papers: GAIA Special Issue 2024
Sustainable development and ethics of science – mutual impulses and challenges

Deadline EXTENDED: October 15, 2023 (rather earlier)
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Current environmental and social crises have renewed demands for science taking responsibility and actively contributing to Sustainable Development (SD). This implies challenges for ethics of research and normative epistemology as well as institutional and policy questions. The GAIA special issue encourages interdisciplinary contributions addressing ethical challenges and multiple views of transforming science for SD. We ask for papers explicitly connecting SD research and ethics: Which parts of the scientific ethos and the more general ethics in science are – or should be – affected? And vice versa: What kind of ethical perspectives did sustainability research not consider enough so far?

Submission and Review Process
Authors are encouraged to submit abstracts to the SI guest editors. Upon acceptance, authors will be invited to submit full manuscripts. Papers will be peer reviewed. Upon acceptance, they will be published Open Access, with no author fees charged. Papers should be written in English with a short summary (if possible) in German and English. However, in exceptional cases, papers in German may also be accepted. The authors are responsible for the linguistic quality. Authors whose first language is not English are kindly asked to have their articles proof-read by a professional editing service. Manuscripts can be rejected due to inadequate linguistic quality.

SI Guest Editors
Thomas Potthast, Co-Director of the International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW) and Chair for Ethics, Philosophy and History of the Life Sciences, and
Cordula Brand, Scientific Coordinator and Executive Manager of the IZEW, University of Tübingen.

Claudia Bieling and Henrik von Wehrden are the responsible GAIA co-editors of the SI.

Important Dates
October 15, 2023 (rather earlier): Submission of abstracts (500 to 1,000 words)
November 2023: Invitation for full paper submission
January 29, 2024 (rather earlier): Submission of full papers, followed by reviews, reworking papers, and final decisions on manuscripts
approx. October 2024: Publication of Special Issue

Please submit your abstract (500 up to 1,000 words) until October 15, 2023 (rather earlier) via e-mail to:

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