Call: “Experimental and Integrative Approaches to Robo-ethics” issue of IJSR


Special Issue: “Experimental and Integrative Approaches to Robo-ethics”
International Journal of Social Robotics
(Springer; Impact Factor 2.516 in 2019)
Journal website:

Manuscript submission due date: 28 February 2021


The development and diffusion of social robots gives increasingly rise to ethical and legal concerns related to, e.g., responsibility assignments in cooperative tasks, implementation of moral rules in robots, possible dual uses and misuses of artificial agents, unintended modifications of social, cognitive, emotive and communication abilities in humans interacting with robots. The urgency of developing effective ethical inquiries related to these issues leads specialists to acknowledge the need to overcome classical approaches, based exclusively on philosophical analysis. Emerging trends are incorporating, within the frameworks of ethical inquiries on social robots, a series of methods, tools and scenarios defining empirical research in Social Robotics and HRI.

The main goal of the Experimental and Integrative Approaches to Robo-ethics special issue is to represent and stimulate the current front-line debate on possibilities, limits and ways of this new orientation, with a specific focus on the role that experiments can play in addressing ethical and legal issues concerning social human-robot interaction. To this end the special issue will include a number of articles illustrating concrete pioneering experimental and integrative approaches in Robo-ethics, and discussing their groundings, procedures, results, impacts, developments, possibilities and limits. The ultimate aspiration is to activate the process of constitution of an interdisciplinary community engaged in the constitution of a well-defined research line in Experimental and Integrative Robo-ethics.


All papers submitted to this Special Issue have to be unpublished and presenting original and recent developments in the topics listed below.

  • Robot Ethics;
  • Ethics of Social Robotics and HR;
  • Integrative Social Robotics;
  • Synthetic Ethics;
  • The Synthetic Method applied to Ethics;
  • Experiments in Social Robotics and HRI related to ethical issues;
  • Improvement of the ethical dimension of social robots;
  • Implementation of moral rules in (social) robots;
  • Emergent ethical issues in social and affective human-robot interaction;
  • Social and cultural implications of current trends in Social Robotics and HRI.


Department of Philosophy and Communication Studies, University of Bologna (Italy)

Department of Ancient and Modern Civilizations, University of Messina (Italy)

Department of Human Sciences for Education, University of Milano-Bicocca (Italy)

Pierluigi GRAZIANI
Department of Pure and Applied Sciences, University of Urbino (Italy)


All submissions must be original and may not be under review by another publication.

We invite all contributors to carefully look at the Instruction for Authors and to use the template required from the Journal (

All the papers have to be submitted by the electronic manager system of the journal ( by selecting the option “Experimental and Integrative Approaches to Robo-ethics”.

The special issue is created as submission questionnaire in the system. When you submit your paper you will be asked if your paper belongs to a special issue. If you answer yes, a pull down menu prompts up where you can select the title of the special issue to which you are submitting your paper.

All submitted papers will be reviewed on a peer review basis as soon as they are received. Accepted papers will become immediately available at Online First until the complete Special Issue appears.

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