About Journal of Medical Ethics

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 original articles on ethical aspects of health care, as well as case conferences, book reviews, editorials, correspondence, news and notes. To ensure international relevance Journal of Medical Ethics has Editorial Board members from all around the world including the US, Europe, Australasia and Far East.

Subscribers to the Journal of Medical Ethics also receive the Medical Humanities journal. Journal of Medical Ethics is the official journal of the Institute of Medical Ethics.


Journal of Medical Ethics is co-owned by the Institute of Medical Ethics and BMJ.

Journal Statistics 2015

Acceptance Rate 23%
Instant Reject Rate 38% for all papers, receiving a decision within 1-3 days
Time from Submission to First Decision 6 weeks
Time from Submission to Final Decision 16 weeks
Time from Acceptance to Publication

16 days (online)

7 months (print)

Frequency Monthly
Impact Factor 1.764
Indexed By Index Medicus (Medline), Science Citation Index, ISI Current Contents (Social & Behavioural Sciences/Clinical Medicine), Excerpta Medica (Embase),
Launch Date 1975
ISSN of JME 0306-6800
ISSN of JME Online 1473-4257

Contact Information

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For Authors

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Rights and Permissions

Copyright and Permissions Guidelines.


The Journal of Medical Ethics is an official journal of the Institute of Medical Ethics.

COPEBMJ 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.

Equator 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. BMJ is a sponsor of its activities.

AllTrials logoBMJ 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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