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Edited at
Texas Tech University

Hosted by
The School of Public Policy,
University of Maryland
is delighted to report that since VOL. 34, NO. 1, SPRING 2015,
has been published by
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Welcome to PLS

     POLITICS AND THE LIFE SCIENCES is an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a global audience. PLS is owned and published by the ASSOCIATION FOR POLITICS AND THE LIFE SCIENCES, the APLS, which is an American Political Science Association (APSA) Related Group, an American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS) Member Society, and an International Social Science Council (ISSC) Member Organisation.
     The PLS topic range is exceptionally broad: evolutionary and laboratory insights into political behavior, including political violence, from group conflict to war, terrorism, and torture; political analysis of life-sciences research, health policy, environmental policy, and biosecurity policy; and philosophical analysis of life-sciences problems, such as bioethical controversies. Typical contributors include political scientists and political behaviorists; biosecurity and international-security experts; life scientists, clinicians, health-policy scholars, and bioethicists; moral and evolutionary philosophers; environmental scientists and ecological economists; political-behavioral and environmental historians; science-policy scholars and historians of science; and legal scholars.
     PLS is printed and mailed just twice a year, Spring and Fall, but papers succeeding in peer review may be published online immediately after emerging from prepress routines. These papers become available as full-text fully illustrated PDFs — for authors, for subscribers, for journalists on request, and for the general public in special cases — before being printed in tangible form.
     Titles, abstracts, and full text are available here at the PLS website for individual subscribers and for libraries and other institutions subscribing directly or through an agent rather than through an aggregator. Titles can be searched and viewed by any visitor. Titles and abstracts are in MEDLINE, which is freely accessible at; titles and abstracts are uploaded to MEDLINE once an issue is fully assembled.
     In 2007, PLS joined BioOne,® a prominent not-for-profit journal aggregator, as an inaugural component of its second collection, BioOne.2,® which is accessible online in subscribing libraries worldwide. Titles, abstracts, and full text are now sent directly from Allen Press, our printer, to BioOne.2® to be indexed for searching. All Internet users searching BioOne.2® can see all PLS titles and abstracts starting with VOL. 23, NO. 1. Individuals searching through subscribing libraries can download full-text PLS papers at no charge. Now, additionally, individuals searching BioOne.2® independently can download these papers on a “pay-per-view” basis.
     Titles, abstracts, and, in some cases, full text are available also in Academic Search Alumni Edition, Academic Search Premier, Academic Search Product Family, International Political Science Abstracts, Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection, and Social Sciences Abstracts — all aggregated for institutions by EBSCOhost,® a commercial service.
     In 2007, JSTOR, a not-for-profit organization established to create, maintain, and make widely available a trusted archive of important scholarly journals, invited PLS to join its index.

     Most questions regarding scholarly work — about its preparation, submission, review, disposition, refinement, print publication, electronic publication, ownership, instructional replication, and secondary-rights management — are addressed on the Information for contributors page. Other questions may be directed by e-mail to an editor:
Erik P. Bucy, Ph.D., College of Media and Communication, Texas Tech University, Editor-in-Chief,

Laurette T. Liesen, Ph.D., Department of Political Science, Lewis University, Contributing Editor for Submissions and Peer Review,

Gregg R. Murray, Ph.D., Department of Political Science, Texas Tech University, Contributing Editor for Book Reviews,

R. H. Sprinkle, M.D., Ph.D., School of Public Policy, University of Maryland, Contributing Editor for Electronic Publishing,
     Questions about subscriptions, payments, and fulfillment are addressed on the Subscription information page and at the APLS website. Questions about the PLS web site should be sent to the Contributing Editor for Electronic Publishing.

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Fall 2014 • 33:2
Special issue

The Presidency, Disability, and the 25th Amendment
Guest Editor
Professor Robert Gilbert
Northeastern University

Online-before-print from 33:2
Michael S. Dukakis
Campaigns and disability:
When an incumbent president questions his potential successor’s mental health status during the campaign

Spring 2014 • 33:1

Fall 2013 • 32:2

Lead article
Disinformation squared:
Was the HIV-from-Fort-Detrick
myth a Stasi success?



Spring 2013 • 32:1

Spring-Fall 2012 • 31:1-2
Double Issue

Fall 2011 • 30:2

Spring 2011 • 30:1

September 2010 • 29:2

March 2010 • 29:1

September 2009 • 28:2

March 2009 • 28:1

September 2008 • 27:2

March 2008 • 27:1
Guest-edited special issue

September 2007 • 26:2

March 2007 • 26:1

March-Sept 2006 • 25:1-2

March-Sept 2005 • 24:1-2

September 2004 • 23:2

March 2004 • 23:1

September 2003 • 22:2
Cover   •   Contents

March 2003 • 22:1
Cover   •   Contents

September 2002 • 21:2
Cover   •   Contents

March 2002 • 21:1
Cover   •   Contents