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The journal Neuroethics, edited by one of our Contributors, Dr. Neil Levy, and published by Springer, is now accepting submissions. Good work getting this journal started, Neil! Here is a description of the journal:

Neuroethics will provide a forum for interdisciplinary studies in neuroethics and related issues in the sciences of the mind. In particular the journal will focus on the ethical issues posed by the new technologies developed via neuroscience (such as psycho-pharmaceuticals and other ways of intervening in the mind), the practice of neuroscience itself (such as the problems posed by incidental findings in imaging work on research subjects), the problems of legal regulation of neuroscientific technologies, and the ways in which the sciences of the mind illuminate traditional moral and philosophical problems, such as the nature of free will and moral responsibility, the problem of self-deception, weakness of the will and the nature of personhood.

Neuroethics will be an important communication medium in the dual areas of neuroethics: the ethics of neuroscience and the neuroscience of ethics. As such, it will offer comprehensive bibliographies, reviews of significant literature, information about current scholarly activities in the field, including partial proceedings of selected meetings, and an opinions section for readers’ commentaries.

Neuroethics will be highly inclusive in its scope: it will publish articles with a historical focus on earlier philosophical discussions of neuroethics, as well as articles with a contemporary focus. It will seek contributions from a range of academic disciplines; as such, it will seek to promote fruitful dialogue between all members of the ethical, medical, legal and social science communities.

Neuroethics will publish three main kinds of articles:

1. Research articles. These will be high-quality articles, which can be expected to provoke debate, either because of their intrinsic interest or due to the controversial nature of the view they defend.

2. Discussion pieces. Refereed short discussions of articles previously published in the journal.

3. Short communications. These will be short articles which bring to the attention of the readership important new work in the sciences of the mind or cognate disciplines. A short communication will briefly describe the relevant work, and sketch the ways in which it is relevant to neuroethics (why it might be ethically problematic or illuminate longstanding philosophical or ethical issues).

Help make the journal a success by submitting!


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