Call for papers for a special issue of Behavioral Sciences and Law

BBI Chairman Peter Blanck will serve as guest editor for the special issue focused on Disability, Law and Public Policy, and the World Wide Web

January 29, 2013

Behavioral Sciences and Law invites submissions for a forthcoming special issue on Disability, Law and Public Policy, and the World Wide Web. The Web has fundamentally changed the way we participate politically, socially and culturally within a complex network of dispersed communities. Although there is a substantial literature on the web and related law and public policy, fewer articles have examined the implications of the web for persons with disabilities and over the life course. Moreover, there is an ongoing debate in academic, legal, and policy circles about the reach and breadth of web accessibility technical standards and performance criteria, and their application under national laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, and international conventions such as the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In addition, there are evolving privacy and security considerations, copyright and ownership issues, and issues of free speech and censorship. To address these and other topics, this special issue aims to provide a resource for academics and researchers, legal and social advocates, online service providers, educators and employers, and policymakers interested in emerging legal and policy issues associated with the full and equal enjoyment of the web by persons with disabilities.

We invite conceptual, legal, and empirical papers on disability, law and policy and the web. Papers from multiple perspectives and novel as well as established disciplines are welcome, such as psychology, sociology, political science, education, business and management, healthcare, vocational rehabilitation, engineering, disability studies, cognitive science, computer science and design, human-computer interaction, and public policy and law.

Papers should be no longer than 30 pages, inclusive of all tables, figures and references. Shorter research notes and focused commentary (no longer than 15 pages in total) are welcome. References should be in American Psychological Association style, although a legally-oriented paper may use the Bluebook Uniform System of Citation. The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2013. Please send two electronic copies of the submission, one blinded for peer review, to John Petrila, J.D., LL.M., University of South Florida ( or Peter Blanck, Ph.D., J.D., Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University (, the guest editor for this special issue.

Behavioral Sciences & the Law is a peer reviewed journal that provides current and comprehensive information from throughout the world on topics at the interaction of the law and the behavioral sciences. Appealing to academics, researchers, practitioners, policymakers, the journal balances theoretical, legal, and research writings to provide a broad perspective on pertinent topics.