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International Journal of Biotechnology
International Journal of Biotechnology


Special Issue on: “The Role, Impact and Diffusion of Information Technology in Biotechnology and Life Sciences”

Guest Editor: Dr. Angel J. Salazar, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

The aim of this special edition is to provide strong insights about the role, impact and diffusion of information technology across the whole value chain in biotechnology and life sciences. Technological developments such as bioinformatics and the internet, and more recently, grid and web services, are seen as core technologies enabling the creation of powerful scientific and healthcare regional networks. Technology is enabling new ways of working and is reshaping drug discovery, development and clinical trials, as well as the demand side such as electronic prescribing and computer-assisted evidence-based medicine.

This special edition will provide the opportunity to attract, review, elaborate and disseminate selected articles related to state-of-the-art applications of information technology and their impact at firm, regional and industry levels. The scope will include the socio-economic, strategic and organisational impact and diffusion of information technology infrastructure, applications and services.

In addition, the editor welcomes articles investigating the significance of specific firms’ innovation management capacities, and the regional, national and international conditions and policies contributing to the diffusion of information technology-based innovation.

Subject Coverage
Suitable topics include, but are not limited to:
  • Articles mapping trends of information technology developments in drug discovery and development, and healthcare/life sciences
  • Articles assessing the socio-economic, strategic and organisational impact of information technology
  • Articles investigating firms’ innovation management capacities at the firm-level and the regional network-level conditions contributing to information technology-based innovation
  • Articles depicting diffusion scenarios of information technology-enabled innovation in biotechnology and life sciences
  • Articles investigating strategic, institutional and organisational drivers and barriers for adoption and diffusion

Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere

All papers are refereed through a peer review process. A guide for authors, sample copies and other relevant information for submitting papers are available on the Author Guidelines page

Important Dates

Manuscript submission: 31 July, 2006

Notification of Acceptance: 30 October, 2006

Final Submission: 15 January, 2007