Call for Papers

Topical Collection
Global Trends in Responsible Research and Innovation
Implementation: New Patterns and Models
of Stakeholder Engagement


Guest Editors

Dr Adrian Solomon (South East European Research Centre, Greece), *email address protected*

Professor Panayiotis Ketikidis (The University of Sheffield International Faculty, CITY College, Greece), *email address protected*

Professor Henry Etzkowitz (International Triple Helix Institute, USA)


  1. General Introduction to the Theme

This special issue is focused on the concept of responsible research and innovation (RRI), an emerging trend in the international innovation research realm.  What is RR?  Is there a countervailing irresponsible research and innovation (IRI) to which it responds (Juma, 2017).  Why has RRI appeared at this moment on the European Union policy agenda?  The current state-of-the-art in RRI moves from the assumption that there is a serious gap between the potential role RRI and Open Science (OS) could play in helping organizations to manage the rapid transformation processes affecting science (especially the science-in-society aspects) and the actual impact RRI and OS are currently having on organizations.  To better support the implementation of RRI and OS, the role of the triple and quadruple helix models is leveraged both in the research, policy, and industrial contexts, however, there is still limited evidence to support impactful outcomes from the implementation of RRI and OS in such contests.  Therefore, research, cases and models are required to better understand: a) the true impact (and business value) offered by RRI and OS to organizations (coming from academic, industry, policy, NGO and hybrid-organization sectors); b) multi-stakeholder co-creation models and frameworks that fully support the embedment of RRI and OS; and c) the institutional transformation pathways to support the ultimate transition to RRI and OS.  How is RRI related to, and different from, New Production of Knowledge, Triple Helix, Innovation Systems and other attempts to capture the salient features of Innovation?

  1. Article Collection

This article collection aims to address these broad questions, addressing the following topics:

  • Implementation cases/models of responsible research and innovation.
  • Hybrid organization and multi-stakeholder collaboration models to support responsible research and innovation.
  • Business value and impact of responsible research and innovation.
  • Institutional transformation to embed responsible research and innovation.


We would like to invite you to address these issues, keeping in mind that an ideal article combines theoretical, empirical, and policy elements, although the balance may differ.

Full papers submission to guest editors (for pre-review)

Authors should submit their full paper to the guest editors for pre-review by 14 October 2019.

Upon acceptance of the pre-reviewed version by the guest-editors, full papers should be submitted following the submission instructions below through the submission system (where they will undergo double-blind peer-review) at:

by 31 October 2019.


Submission instructions

Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have carefully read the submission instructions for Triple Helix at

The complete manuscript should be submitted through the Triple Helix submission system at

Please indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of the article collection on Special Issue: Global Trends in Responsible Research & Innovation Implementation: New Patterns & Models of Stakeholder Engagement.  All submissions will undergo rigorous peer review and accepted articles will be published in the journal as a collection.

Additional information:

Submissions will also benefit from the usual advantages of open access publication:

  • Efficient publication: online submission, electronic peer review and production make the process of publishing your article simple and efficient.
  • High visibility and international readership in your field: open access publication ensures high visibility and maximum exposure for your work – anyone with online access can read your article.
  • Authors retain copyright, licensing the article under a Creative Commons license: articles can be freely redistributed and reused as long as the article is correctly attributed.

For editorial enquiries please contact:

The Editor in Chief, Henry Etzkowitz, *email address protected*

The Managing Editor, Anne Rocha Perazzo, *email address protected*

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Published by the Triple Helix Association  –  ISSN 2281-4515


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