Dual use beyond the life sciences: An LIS perspective

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Dual use research is used to describe research, conducted for benign purposes, which could be used for malevolent purposes. Most recent studies of dual use research have focused on the life sciences, although some researchers have suggested that dual use research occurs across many disciplines. This study is an initial investigation into the prevalence of dual use research in other scientific disciplines through surveying senior editors of scientific journals. Survey results show that some journal editors in nearly every discipline reported some experience with dual use research. This suggests that broader conceptualizations of dual use research are needed. The publication-or withholding-of dual use research has implications for norms of scholarly communication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)176-188
Number of pages13
JournalLibrary and Information Science Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2015

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Library and Information Sciences


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