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.

Editorial Board

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


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

Journal information

Publication Model Subscription; with hybrid open access option
Frequency Monthly
Launch date 1975
Digital Archive LOCKSS
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, Scopus, Embase (Excerpta Medica), CINAHL, Google Scholar
Impact Factor 2.195
Peer Review Model Double blind; both the reviewer and the author are anonymous to each other
Print ISSN 0306-6800
Online ISSN 1473-4257

Journal statistics (2018)

Acceptance rate 32%
Instant rejection rate 49%
Time from submission to first decision 30 days
Time from acceptance to online publication 19 days

Contact information

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Rights and permissions


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

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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.

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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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