The Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology and Bioethics at Harvard Law School has joined with Duke University, Stanford University and Oxford University Press to launch and publish a new peer-reviewed, open access, online journal in 2014: Journal of Law and the Biosciences (JLB).

JLB will focus on cutting-edge scholarship at the intersection of law and the biosciences. The journal will include articles on topics generally considered part of bioethics or neuroethics, such as the ethical, legal, and social implications of reproductive technologies, genetics, stem cell research, neuroscience, or human biological enhancement.  JLB will also be a home for work that speaks directly to legal issues where the biosciences can be involved, such as food and drug regulation, biosciences patent law, scientific evidence, and criminal responsibility.

Rhodri Jackson, Senior Publisher, Law Journals and Oxford Open, OUP said: “OUP has a very strong presence in intellectual property and patent law, and in pure bioscience publishing. We’re very excited by the opportunity Journal of Law and the Biosciences presents to unite both of these strengths, and tap into a booming area of research. We couldn’t have picked better partners than Duke, Harvard, and Stanford and look forward to working with the editors. Furthermore, JLB’s OA nature reflects our ongoing drive to explore open access publishing opportunities in the law.”

JLB’s founding co-editors in chief are I. Glenn Cohen from Harvard Law School, Nita Farahany from Duke, and Hank Greely from Stanford.  Greely, speaking for the editors-in-chief, said “We are thrilled to be launching this journal. Law and the biosciences is an emerging field of great social importance; having a dedicated, peer-reviewed journal will advance our understanding of crucial issues, while helping to build the field. OUP is a wonderful partner for this effort.” JLB’s editorial board is composed of nearly thirty leading scholars working in law, bioethics, philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, and other disciplines.

For more information about the journal, including article submission guidelines and how to register for free content-alerting services, please visit the Oxford Journals website.