In addition to the new journal Open Medicine, there are a family of open access, peer reviewed journals making up the Public Library of Science. To demonstrate the usefulness of this mode of publishing, I suggest an article from PLos Biology. It is an Editor’s Pick, and should be of interest to neuro-ethicists.
- Mobbs D, Lau HC, Jones OD, Frith CD (2007) Law, Responsibility, and the Brain. PLoS Biol 5(4): e103 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0050103
From the conclusion:
The goals of science and of law are different. However, important legal questions such as moral blameworthiness, culpability, responsibility, and the likelihood of recidivism depend to some degree on improved understandings of human behaviour. Therefore, biological advances in understanding human brain architecture and function may overlap in important ways with legal inquiries. New studies of the criminal brain are likely to shape moral views on responsibility and free will, with possible impacts on how legal systems punish and treat criminals.
The piece then references this keystone article:
- Greene JD, Cohen JD (2004) For the law, neuroscience changes nothing and everything. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 359: 1775–17785.
While you are there, you might want to also see:
- Mitchell KJ (2007) The Genetics of Brain Wiring: From Molecule to Mind. PLoS Biol 5(4): e113 doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.0050113.