Mission and Scope

From the Editors

Welcome to Science Robotics! Whether fully autonomous or in close collaboration with humans, robots are becoming ubiquitous. Found in space and deep-sea exploration, performing in the operating room or driving automobiles, their influence grows daily. Science Robotics provides a much-needed forum for the latest technological advances and for the critical social, ethical and policy issues surrounding robotics. Bearing the quality hallmark of the Science family of journals, Science Robotics caters to both researchers and general stakeholders. It is multidisciplinary, covering the traditional disciplines of robotics, as well as emerging trends such as advanced materials and bio-inspired designs; it covers all scales, from very large systems to micro/nano robots; its scope is broad, addressing both theoretical advances and practical applications; and it promotes reproducibility, facilitated by online supplementary materials and design/code repositories. We welcome the community—both established researchers and new talent—to join Science Robotics as we strive to transform the future of robotics for the benefit of all.


To promote advances in research and development of robotics for all environments by providing a central forum for communication of the most exciting new discoveries.


Science Robotics will publish original, peer-reviewed, science- or engineering-based research articles that advance the field of robotics. The journal will also feature editor-commissioned Reviews. An international team of academic editors will hold Science Robotics articles to the same high-quality standard that is the hallmark of the Science family of journals. 

Sub-topics include: actuators, advanced materials, artificial Intelligence, autonomous vehicles, bio-inspired design, exoskeletons, fabrication, field robotics, human-robot interaction, humanoids, industrial robotics, kinematics, machine learning, material science, medical technology, motion planning and control, micro- and nano-robotics, multi-robot control, sensors, service robotics, social and ethical issues, soft robotics, and space, planetary and undersea exploration.

These brief commentaries provide additional information about the mission and scope of the journal: