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As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

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Bin it or pin it? Which professional ethical guidance on managing COVID-19 should I follow?

Judgments can and should be informed (and constrained) by guidance, and hopefully these preliminary observations on the current ethical guidance on managing COVID-19 will provide some useful pointers for time-pressed professionals.

How do 66 European institutional review boards approve one protocol for an international prospective observational study on traumatic brain injury? Experiences from the CENTER-TBI study

A review of IRB documents found variations in the procedures between and within European countries. There were differences in submission and approval requirements, number of review rounds and total duration.


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Translation in healthcare: ethical, legal, and social implications
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Extending evidence-based medicine
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Driving Regenerative Medicine to the Market and Clinic: An Exploration of Enablers, Impediments and Ethical-Legal Challenges

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The Many Meanings of ‘Quality’ in Healthcare: Interdisciplinary Perspectives
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Aims and scope

BMC Medical Ethics is an open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in relation to the ethical aspects of biomedical research and clinical practice, including professional choices and conduct, medical technologies, healthcare systems and health policies.


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Black Lives Matter

A collection of books, journal articles and magazine content that amplifies Black voices and the issues raised by the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Anita Ho, Section Editor

Anita Ho is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Applied Ethics at University of British Columbia and an Affiliate Faculty at the University of California, San Francisco.  She has been Section Editor for the 'Ethics in biomedical research' section of BMC Medical Ethics since August 2015.

Announcing the launch of In Review

BMC Medical Ethics, in partnership with Research Square, is now offering In Review. Authors choosing this free optional service will be able to:

  • Share their work with fellow researchers to read, comment on, and cite even before publication
  • Showcase their work to funders and others with a citable DOI while it is still under review
  • Track their manuscript - including seeing when reviewers are invited, and when reports are received 

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Data Support Services pilot

Authors submitting to this journal can opt to use a new service that will make it easier to share research data.

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2019 Journal Metrics

  • Citation Impact
    2.451 - 2-year Impact Factor
    2.88 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.705 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    1.15 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)


    Social Media Impact
    3554 mentions