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LSE to partner with Palgrave Macmillan on BioSocieties journal


Cover of an issue of BioSocietiesInnovative peer-reviewed research journal BioSocieties will be published by Palgrave Macmillan on behalf of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) from March 2010 it was announced today (Thursday 13 August).

The first journal of its kind, BioSocieties explores the social, ethical and policy implications of developments in the life sciences and biomedicine. Published quarterly, it is a crucial forum where the most rigorous social research and critical analysis of these issues intersects with the work of leading scientists, social researchers, clinicians, regulators and other stakeholders.

BioSocieties explores the most important points of exchange and dialogue that need to occur, and are occurring, between life scientists and social scientists in this biotechnological age. It examines the substantive contributions that social scientists can make to understanding the ever increasing role of the biomedical research in our everyday lives. And it demonstrates how social science analysis makes a difference to research, policy and practice.

Palgrave Macmillan, the academic publishing division of Macmillan Publishers Ltd, will take over publishing duties from Cambridge University Press from Volume Five in March 2010. The editorial operation of BioSocieties will continue unchanged.

Professor Nikolas Rose, co-editor of BioSocieties and director of the BIOS Research Centre for the study of Bioscience, Biomedicine, Biotechnology and Society at LSE, said: 'I am delighted with the move of BioSocieties to Palgrave Macmillan. BioSocieties has shown, by the quality of its publishing, that scholars and researchers in the social and human sciences are fully committed to taking up the challenge posed to them by the amazing advances in the life sciences and biomedicine, and that a genuine dialogue between the biological and social sciences is not only possible but of vital importance for all those who care about the future.

'This new association testifies to the continuing strength of the mission of BioSocieties, and will ensure that the debate will be a lively, innovative and rigorous one. I look forward to working with our new publishing team as BioSocieties continues to analyse the critical social, ethical and policy issues raised by the scientific developments that are reshaping our understanding of life itself, and our capacity to intervene in it for human purposes.'

David Bull, publishing director of Journals at Palgrave Macmillan, said: 'We are delighted to be working in partnership with LSE and Nikolas Rose and his editorial team to publish BioSocieties. We believe that the quality of the journal and its editorial processes, allied to our sales and marketing insights and our global journals publishing infrastructure, will enable BioSocieties to prosper in the years ahead.'




Sophia Blackwell, Palgrave Macmillan,  020 7014 4030, email: s.blackwell@palgrave.com

Professor Nikolas Rose, BIOS, LSE email: N.Rose@lse.ac.uk


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13 August 2009