Aims and scope
Journal of Medical Ethics is a leading international journal that reflects the whole field of medical ethics. The journal seeks to promote ethical reflection and conduct in scientific research and medical practice. It features articles on various ethical aspects of health care relevant to health care professionals, members of clinical ethics committees, medical ethics professionals, researchers and bioscientists, policy makers and patients.
Journal of Medical Ethics is co-owned by the Institute of Medical Ethics and BMJ.
Journal statistics 2015
Instant Reject Rate
38% for all papers, receiving a decision within 1-3 days
Time from Submission to First Decision
Time from Submission to Final Decision
Time from Acceptance to Publication
16 days (online)
7 months (print)
Index Medicus (Medline), Science Citation Index, ISI Current Contents (Social & Behavioural Sciences/Clinical Medicine), Excerpta Medica (Embase)
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Rights and permissions
The Journal of Medical Ethics is an official journal of the Institute of Medical Ethics.
BMJ is a founding member of COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics), which provides a forum for publishers and Editors of scientific journals to discuss issues relating to the integrity of the work submitted to or published in their journals.
The EQUATOR Network is an international initiative that seeks to improve the value of medical research literature by promoting accurate, transparent reporting of research studies. The BMJ Group is a sponsor of its activities.
BMJ is a founding organisation of the AllTrials initiative, which calls for all past and present clinical trials to be registered and their results reported.
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