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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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Annual Journal Metrics

  • 2022 Citation Impact
    2.7 - 2-year Impact Factor
    3.5 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.410 - SNIP (Source Normalized Impact per Paper)
    0.809 - SJR (SCImago Journal Rank)

    2023 Speed
    30 days submission to first editorial decision for all manuscripts (Median)
    200 days submission to accept (Median)

    2023 Usage 
    1,282 Altmetric mentions 

Peer-review Terminology

  • The following summary describes the peer review process for this journal:

    Identity transparency: Single anonymized

    Reviewer interacts with: Editor

    Review information published: Review reports. Reviewer Identities reviewer opt in. Author/reviewer communication

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