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Biosocial World. Biosemiotics and Biosociology




Juan R. Coca was born in Ourense (Galicia, Spain). He is a biology graduate, Master in Logic and Philosophy of Science, and he received a PhD in 2010 from Sociology at University of Santiago de Compostela. He is Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Work at Universidad de Valladolid, and Director of the Social Research Unit in Health and Rare Diseases at the last institution. He has been director during ten years of the journal Sociología y tecnociencia, and also participates in numerous scientific committees of different academic journals. His research lines are Biosociology, Biosemiotics and Socio-hermeneutics, Sociology of health and Sociology of Rare Diseases. He has published more than 120 papers, and many books chapters. Also he has write three books such as Exclusión científica del otro. H-index: 11 (Google Scholar).

Contact: Juan R. Coca (Faculty of Education of Soria. University of Valladolid. 42004. Soria. Spain). juanr.coca[at]



Juan R. Coca (Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Valladolid, Spain).

Assistant director

Claudio Julio Rodríguez Higuera (Department of General Linguistics, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic).

Scientific committee

Óscar Castro García (Department of Philosophy, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain).

Isabel Castro Piedras (Department of Immunology and Molecular Microbiology, Texas Tech University, USA).

Adolfo Cordero-Rivera (Department of Ecology and Animal Biology, University of Vigo, Spain).

Terrence W. Deacon (Department of Anthropology, University of California-Berkeley, USA).

Pauline Delahaye (Sorbonne University, Paris, France).

Hasier Heraña (ATLAS Molecular Pharma/CIC bioGUNE, Spain).

Donald Francis Favareau (University Scholars Program, National University of Singapore, Singapore).

Michael Hammond (Department of Sociology, University of Toronto, Canada).

Filip Jaroš (Institute of Philosophy and Social Sciences, University of Hradec Králové, Czechia).

Kalevi Kull (Department of Semiotics, University of Tartu, Estonia).

Laura Lorenzo Carrascosa (Department of Social Sciences, University of Carlos III, Spain)

Richard S. Machalek (Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Wyoming, USA).

Pedro C. Marijuán (Researcher Senior retired, Aragon Health Sciences Institute, Spain).

Almudena Moreno Mínguez (Department of Sociology and Social Work, University of Valladolid, Spain).

Ludmila Lacková (Department of General Linguistics, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic).

Chad Posick (Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology, Georgia Southern University, USA).

Juan A. Roche Cárcel (Department of Sociology I, University of Alicante, Spain).

Anna Siniarska-Wolanska (Department of Human Biology, Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University, Warsaw, Poland).

Morten Tønnessen (Department of Social Studies, University of Stavanger, Stavanger, Norway).


Biosocial World is a scientific collection about biosemiotics and biosociology published by the University of Valladolid. The aim of this collection is to improve both research lines and to be an international reference in these fields. Therefore, Biosocial World particularly accepts papers from biology, sociology, philosophy, and philology, as well as papers following the editorial policy of this collection from other areas.

The Editorial Team must ensure: a) all published research papers have been evaluated by at least two subject specialists; b) that the review process has been fair and impartial. The method of peer review is the most appropriate for the scientific community. When one of the two reviews is negative, a third review will be requested.

The authors must ensure that all submitted manuscripts are original and unpublished. The Editorial Team, during the peer review process, will take the due precautions to verify originality and to detect plagiarism, self-plagiarism and redundant publication defined as the complete copy, partial copy or altered copy of work published by the same author in such a way as to make the work appear different.

The Editorial Team must also take appropriate measures to detect data falsification or manipulation. In addition, contents that have undergone peer review must be clearly identified. The Editorial Team must recognize the value of and acknowledge the input of all those involved in the review of manuscripts submitted to the series. In addition Team members should encourage academic authorities to acknowledge peer review activities as part of the scientific process, and should decline to use reviewers who submit reports that are of poor quality, erroneous or disrespectful, or that are delivered after the agreed deadline.


Papers which do not comply with all the requisites established in the guidelines will be returned to the authors for their eventual correction. Papers which comply with all the requisites will be subject to a double process of evaluation:

— At first, the Direction Board will make a selection from the texts received, valuing if they meet the applicable requirements associated to quality academic publications.

— In a second moment, papers that have passed the first selection will be submitted to two experts in the field for a blind examination.

In order to maintain anonymity, authors are requested to refrain from referring to themselves in the first person. Should the evaluations be contradictory, the Editorial Board would request a third evaluation and then decide whether to publish the paper. Authors are kindly asked not to submit their paper/chapter to another journal or series until they have received the results of the evaluation.

Papers with two positive reports will be sent to the authors to make the corrections suggested by the evaluators. The authors have a maximum period of one month to return papers which will be published when they are corrected. The average time for the evaluation of the paper is currently six months, an accountant from the date of confirmation of receipt of the same.

If the chapter includes figures, photographs, graphics, maps or any other type of illustration or image, the author must certify in a written and signed document that they are his property or that he has the corresponding reproduction permissions.

Biosocial Word is an open access book’s collection that it is published according to peer reviewed system. It appears 1 times per year. The series doesn’t apply any cost to authors who can submit their texts during the whole year.








Authors interested in publishing in Biosocial World should send their papers to director of the collection.


The manuscripts will be reviewed by two blind referees. The reviews are anonymous for authors and reviewers. In this sense, all clues to the identity of the authors must be eliminated throughout the manuscript. Based on the referees’ reports, the decision will be communicated to the first author and, where appropriate, the changes suggested.



ExtensionPapers will have a general extension of 15-20 pages; this limit includes abstracts, references, tables, etc.

Title: In English.

Abstract: No more than 250 words, in English.

Key words: Maximum five terms.

Format: Times New Roman 11. Word for Windows.

At the beginning of each paragraph, a 0.75 cm tab will be used.

Words at the end of the line will not be manually divided.

The titles of chapters, sections and subsections will be numbered with Arabic numbers in according to the following scheme: 1., 1. 1., 1. 1. 1., without going beyond the third level.

The bold letter, the underline or the capital letters will not be used to highlight, only must be use Italic. Words in foreign languages (not English) will be highlighted in italics.

If it is necessary to include parentheses within parentheses, the brackets will be used instead of the internal parentheses: (… […]…).

StyleA good research and an academic essay improve if they are exposed clearly and simply. Also, criticism of ideas can be done without belittling others.

Footnotes: Footnotes should be kept to a minimum.

Structure: IMRD is the canonical pattern.

Tables, graphs and figures: Tables should be numbered before its title. The same applies for graphs and figures. Tables, graphs, figures, photos, etc. must be presented in JPG format in the same typography of the rest paper.

The information about tables or graphs will be included under the corresponding image, with 10 points Times New Roman font, with centered alignment, in lowercase letters (except the initials that are in capital letters) and without a final period, accordingly. With the following model:

Figure 1. Lorem ipusum lorem ipsum. Source...

Table 1. Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum. Source...

Graph 1. Lorem ipsum lorem ipsum. Source...

References and author citationsAccording to APA6 rules. For instance, depending on the case, (Elias, 1987), (Elias, 1987; Varela, 2000), (Elias, 1987, p. 32), Elias (1987, p. 32). If several works by the same author were published in the same year, they should be differentiated by letters (a, b, c, etc.) following the year of publication.

Textual citations, if inside a paragraph, have to be highlighted by means of “quotation marks”. If in a separate paragraph, plus the “quotation marks”, the left side should be indented 0.75 cm.

OthersAll pages should be numbered.



Listed in full in alphabetic order at the end of the paper and limited to the works mentioned in the text. APA6 rules should be followed, as in these examples:

Books, one author

Sparkes, A. C. (1992). Telling Tales in Sport and Physical Education. A Qualitative Journey. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics

Books, several authors

Sparkes, A. C., & Smith, B. (2014). Qualitative Research Methods in Sport, Exercise and Health: From Process to Product. London: Routledge

Book chapter, one author

Willis, P. (1983). Cultural production and theories of reproduction. In L. Barton & S. Walker (Eds.), Race, class and education (pp. 71-85)London: Croom Helm.

Book chapter, several authors

Ellis, C., & Bochner, A. (2000). Autoethnography, personal narrative, reflexivity: Researcher as subject. In N. K. Denzin, & Y. S. Lincoln (Eds.), Handbook of qualitative research (pp. 733–768). London: Sage.

Articles, one author

Pill, S. (2016). Implementing game sense coaching approach in Australian football through action-research. Ágora para la Educación Física y el Deporte, 18(1), 63-79.

(Do not abbreviate the title of the journal.)

Articles, several authors

Romar, J.E., Haag, E., & Dyson, B. (2015). Teachers’ experiences of the TPSR (Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility) model in Physical Education. Ágora para la Educación Física y el Deporte, 17(3), 202-219.

(Do not abbreviate the title of the journal.)

Articles from online journals

In general, if any publication (book, edition, book chapter, article ...) is available on a web page (URL), and has no uniform resource identifiers (URI) such as DOI (Digital Object Identifier) or Handle (persistent identifier used by the repositories), the URL will be included at the end of the reference, indicating the date of consultation

As previously indicated (one or several authors), adding the link. For example:

Romar, J.E., Haag, E., & Dyson, B. (2015). Teachers’ experiences of the TPSR (Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility) model in Physical Education. Ágora para la Educación Física y el Deporte, 17(3), 202-219. Retrieved from

If the publication has an uniform resource identifiers, such as DOI or Handle, it will be included at the end of the reference, without including the URL or date of query. Examples:

Vogel, Else (2018), “Operating (on) the self: transforming agency throughobesity surgery and treatment”, Sociology of Health & Illness, 40(3), 508-522. DOI: .

Grau i Muñoz, Arantxa (2014) “Por una sociología de la promoción de la salud. Reflexionando a propósito de los programas de educación maternal”, Praxis Sociológica, 18, 135-155. Handle:

It is necessary to indicate the DOI in all texts that have it. To check which of the cited works have DOI you can use the Simple Text Query tool (, following these steps: 

Other internet resources

Hodgkin, K. G. (2014). Schooling, Physical Education and the Primary-Secondary Transition. Cardiff Metropolitan University, unpublished PhD thesis. Retrieved from;jsessionid=9F2AAEC8D6723.DC5A072FBD16DDADC8C



Among other situations, conflict of interest arises when an author of a manuscript submitted to this series is a member of the Editorial Team, has a direct personal or professional relationship, or is closely related with previous or current research carried out by a member of the Editorial Team. Specifically, members of the Editorial Team should recuse themselves from participation in handling the manuscript when they are involved in any of the situations or similar situations described below, in relation with an author of the manuscript:

— Family relationship

—  Manifest personal friendship or animosity

—  Belonging to the same research group

— Serving presently or having served as PhD degree advisor or co-advisor within the previous 10 years

— Obtaining a PhD degree with an author as advisor or co-advisor within the previous 10 years

— Collaborating presently or within the previous 5 years in publications or patents

— Collaborating in other economic or scientific-technological activities

— Having a contractual relationship or sharing national or international research funding from public or private entities or any other type of entity within the previous 3 years.

The Editorial Team must also refrain from choosing reviewers who are or who may be involved in any of these situations. When single-blind reviewing is used (i.e. only the reviewer is anonymous), the reasons for recusal stated above must be clearly highlighted on the evaluation form, so that reviewers are aware of the situation and have the option to opt out.


All authors must ensure that the data and results reported in the manuscript are original and have not been copied, fabricated, falsified or manipulated. Plagiarism in all forms, self-plagiarism, multiple or redundant publication, and data fabrication or manipulation constitute serious ethical failings and are considered scientific fraud. Authors must not submit to this series any manuscript that is simultaneously under consideration by another publisher and must not submit their manuscript to another publisher until they are notified that it has been rejected or have voluntarily withdrawn it from consideration. However, a chapter that builds upon an item published previously as a short report, brief communication or conference abstract may be published as long as it appropriately cites the earlier source it is based on, and as long as the new manuscript represents a substantial modification of the previous publication.



This collection will comply with the ethical code established in the Ediciones Universidad de Valladolid Good Practice Guidelines, which adheres to the principles proposed by the Committee on Publications Ethics (COPE). The Ediciones Universidad de Valladolid Good Practice Guidelines establishes the ethical way of proceeding by authors, editorial committees and reviewers. All parties are kindly requested to take into account the aspects of the guide that concern them.

This academic collection is licensed under a Creative Commons: Attribution-NonComercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International


1. Juan R. Coca y Claudio J. Rodríguez (Editors), Approaches to Biosemiotics, Valladolid, Ediciones Universidad de Valladolid, 2023.

How to cite: Coca, Jua R. and Rodríguez, Claudio J. (eds.) (2023). Approaches to Biosemiotics. Valladolid: Ediciones Universidad de Valladolid.

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