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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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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.

Peer Review Taxonomy

This journal is participating in a pilot of NISO/STM's Working Group on Peer Review Taxonomy, to identify and standardize definitions and terminology in peer review practices in order to make the peer review process for articles and journals more transparent. Further information on the pilot is available here.

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

We welcome your feedback on this Peer Review Taxonomy Pilot. Please can you take the time to complete this short survey.


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Senior Editorial Board Members

Beatrice Godard, University of Montreal

Jonathan Ives, University of Bristol

Jeremy SnyderSimon Fraser University

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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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Annual Journal Metrics

  • Speed
    52 days to first decision for all manuscripts
    122 days to first decision for reviewed manuscripts only
    235 days from submission to acceptance
    16 days from acceptance to publication

    Citation Impact
    2.652 - 2-year Impact Factor
    3.499 - 5-year Impact Factor
    1.869 - Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP)
    1.075 - SCImago Journal Rank (SJR)

    1,588,426 downloads (2021)
    1,135 Altmetric mentions