The ORBIT Journal publishes original research and contributions in the area of responsible research and innovation in ICT. It forms part of the overall ORBIT project, which aims to foster a culture of RRI in the ICT research community and beyond. In order to connect with the community, ORBIT uses a fully double blind process of peer review. 

It is an online gold open access journal. At least for the period from 2017 to 2020, while the ORBIT project is supported by the UK Engineering and Phyical Sciences Research Council, the ORBIT journal will not charge article, submission or processing fees. 

The ORBIT journal uses an open access model of intellectual property. That means that the copyright of papers remain with the authors who provide the ORBIT journal with a creative commons licence to publish the paper.  By "open access" to this literature, we mean its free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself. The only constraint on reproduction and distribution, and the only role for copyright in this domain, should be to give authors control over the integrity of their work and the right to be properly acknowledged and cited.

We welcome papers that cover the broad range of topics that are relevant to responsible research and innovation in ICT, including contributions that are equally relevant to related fields such as computer ethics, philosophy of technology, science and technology studies or technology assessment. The journal's primary focus is on RRI in ICT, but it is interested in surrounding areas, which have relevance and interest and may teach lessons to ICT research. Examples of topics that would be welcome by the journal include:

  • Case studies of RRI in particular projects or cases
  • Descriptions of technologies and the ethical or social issues they are likely to raise
  • Questions of research and innovation policy and its implementation
  • Technology foresight studies highlighting RRI-related issues
  • Regulatory and legal issues around ICT
  • Professional issues and their implementation 
  • Institutional and organisational issues of ICT innovation and use
  • Conceptual or ethical research of particular technologies, applications or projects