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Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

Journal of Bioethical Inquiry

An interdisciplinary forum for ethical and legal debate

ISSN: 1176-7529 (print version)
ISSN: 1872-4353 (electronic version)

Journal no. 11673

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  • Covers ethical, cultural and social issues arising in medicine, the health sciences and health care in general
  • Addresses pressing questions, such as implications of current world events for the health of populations
  • Regular features include: New developments; Reader Response; and case scenarios with commentaries

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The Journal of Bioethical Inquiry is a forum for discussing and debating ethical, cultural and social issues arising in medicine, the health sciences and health care in general. Coverage includes core areas of conventional bioethics, such as research, clinical practice and medical technology. The journal also addresses questions of pressing contemporary relevance, such as the implications of current world events for the health of populations, and critical analyses of specific social policies around the world and their likely impact on health and welfare and systems of power.

In addition to original research, regular features include: New developments; Reader Response; and case scenarios with commentaries.

The Journal of Bioethical Inquiry is an official partner journal of the American Society for Humanities + Bioethics:



Related subjects » Ethics - Law - Medicine

Impact Factor: 1.592 (2018) * 

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  • Aims and Scope

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    The Journal of Bioethical Inquiry: An interdisciplinary forum for ethical and legal debate  (JBI)

    • fosters an interdisciplinary approach to bioethics by publishing original research at the intersection of ethics, social theory, philosophy and other disciplines
    • represents the variety of contemporary perspectives on ethical issues in health and medicine
    • seeks new approaches to old problems
    • identifies common ground by creating a forum for dialogue across conventional academic boundaries.


    The JBI welcomes both reports of empirical research and articles that increase theoretical understanding of medicine and health care, the health professions and the biological sciences. The JBI is also open to critical reflections on medicine and conventional bioethics, the nature of health, illness and disability, the sources of ethics, the nature of ethical communities, and possible implications of new developments in science and technology for social and cultural life and human identity. We welcome contributions from perspectives that are less commonly published in existing journals in the field and reports of empirical research studies using both qualitative and quantitative methodologies.

    The JBI accepts contributions from authors working in or across disciplines including – but not limited to – the following:

    • philosophy
    • bioethics
    • economics
    • social theory
    • law
    • public health and epidemiology
    • anthropology
    • psychology
    • feminism
    • gay and lesbian studies
    • linguistics and discourse analysis
    • cultural studies
    • disability studies
    • history
    • literature and literary studies
    • environmental sciences
    • theology and religious studies

    Contributions discussing bioethical issues in different geographical and cultural settings are welcomed. The Journal of Bioethical Inquiry is the official journal of the Australasian Bioethics Association, the Bioethics Centre of the University of Otago and the Australian Institute of Health Law and Ethics.

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