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Calls for papers

With its motto of “Science for Robotics and Robotics for Science,” Science Robotics was launched to cover the most significant advances in robots and their applications. The journal addresses both theoretical advances as well as practical applications of robotics. It promotes communication of new ideas, general principles, and original developments in robotics research and field applications, bearing the quality hallmark of the Science family of journals.

From time to time we will announce special issues; calls for those issues appear below. Presubmission inquiries and expressions of interest should be sent to sciroboteditors@aaas.org. We request that all expressions of interest include article title, author list and affiliations, and abstract (<200 words). Expressions of interest for reviews and research articles should also include a brief outline.

More details on information for authors as well as current and past issues of Science Robotics can be found at http://robotics.sciencemag.org/. Our submission site is located at http://cts.sciencemag.org.

Robot Swarms Across Scales

Robot swarms have been identified as one of the grand challenges of Science Robotics.  These swarms allow simpler, less expensive, modular units to be reconfigured into a team depending on the task that needs to be performed while being as effective as a larger, task-specific, monolithic robot. Adapting to changing conditions, being robust to disturbances, and developing resilience to adversarial, disruptive changes caused by large-scale failures or damage to the swarm infrastructure are some of the research challenges being tackled. For this special issue, we are looking for high-quality, original research papers on robot swarm across scales (from macro to micro), comprehensive reviews of the state of the art, and short Focus articles to provide snapshots of the most recent research in progress.

  • Deadline for expressions of interest: 1 May 2020
  • Deadline for submission of original research and review articles:  7 October 2020
  • Expected publication of the special issue: Spring 2021

Robotics & Neuroscience

Building robots with human-level intelligence remains the ultimate, and yet to be achieved, goal for robotics. There is much to learn about neurobiology for developing the future generation of robots and translating the latest advances in neuroscience to design principles for enhancing the computational and cognitive power of robots. Effective brain-computer interfaces for seamless human-robot interaction and developing robots that understand human social dynamics and moral norms (that can be truly integrated with our social lives, showing empathy and natural social behaviors) are some of the challenges we are facing. This special issue is focused on the interfaces between robotics and neuroscience, and we are looking for high-quality, original research papers as well as reviews and focus articles reporting the current state of the art and latest developments in this field. With our motto of “Science for Robotics and Robotics for Science,” we are particularly interested in articles on how advances in neuroscience help to develop more intelligent robots and, conversely, how robotics can be used to further our understanding of the brain and managing cognitive impairment or neurodegenerative diseases.

  • Deadline for expressions of interest: 5 June 2020
  • Deadline for submission of original research and review articles:  19 October 2020
  • Expected publication of the special issue: Spring/Summer 2021