Acceptance rate:
Time to first decision with review:
56 days*
Acceptance to publication:
16 days*
Impact Factor (JCR):
JCR Rank (Medical Ethics):
Total content views:
1.21 million

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.
For information about Journal of  Medical Ethics Editor-in-Chief Professor John McMillan and his editorial team, please refer to the Editorial Board page.

Plan S compliance

Journal of Medical Ethics is a Plan S compliant Transformative Journal. Transformative Journals are one of the compliance routes offered by cOAlition S funders, such as Wellcome, WHO and UKRI. Find out more about Transformative Journals and  Plan S compliance on our Author Hub.

Journal information

Journal of Medical Ethics is co-owned by the Institute of Medical Ethics and BMJ
Publication Model
Subscription; with hybrid open access option
Launch date
Digital Archives
Indexed by
Web of Science Core Collection: Science Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index; Current Contents: Clinical Medicine, Social and Behavioural Sciences; MEDLINE (Index Medica), PubMed Central (BMJ Open Access Special Collection), Scopus, Embase (Excerpta Medica), CINAHL, Google Scholar
Peer Review Model
Double anonymised; both the reviewer and the author are anonymous to each other
Print ISSN
Online ISSN

Journal Statistics 2023

Acceptance rate: 32%
Speed Time to first decision without review (median): 5 days Time to first decision with review (median): 56 days Time from acceptance to publication (median): 16 days
Impact Impact Factor category: Medical Ethics Impact factor (JCR): 4.2 Impact Factor rank: 2/16 5 Year Impact Factor: 3.3 Journal Citation Indicator: 1.62 Eigenfactor: 0.00886 Citescore: 6.2 Citescore rank: 32/270 Scimago Journal rank (SJR): 1.111
Reach Total content views: 1.21 million Total Altmetric mentions: 5,165
The impact that academic research has cannot be defined by one single metric. In 2013, BMJ signed the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA). We did this to show our support for using multiple measures and metrics to portray journals’ impact; moving away from the Impact Factor as a single measure. How we get these metrics

Contact information

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For authors

Please refer to the Instructions for Authors.


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