Journal of Medical Ethics Now Accepting Longer Papers


The Journal of Medical Ethics is pleased to announce the addition of a new article type – Extended Essays – that will allow authors up to 7,000 words to provide an in-depth analysis of their chosen topic.

In an interview, Associate Editor Tom Douglas said the new category was created “in recognition of the fact that some topics warrant sustained and nuanced analysis of a sort that can’t be laid out in less than 3,500 words.”

He went on to say that at the Journal of Medical Ethics “we don’t want to miss out on the best papers in medical ethics, many of which currently get sent elsewhere simply because of our strict word limits.”

However, he emphasized that “we still expect arguments to be as concise as possible and that the great majority of our papers will still be under 3,500 words.”

For more information on this new article type, see the Instructions for Authors page. The information is also copied below:

Original Article Papers – Extended Essays

This category is for original research papers which employ in-depth philosophical analysis in order to address an important policy- or practice-related normative question. The main criteria for acceptance are originality, rigour, accessibility, philosophical sophistication, and interest to a wide audience. The standards for being sent for review, and for eventual acceptance, are substantially higher than for ordinary papers. We expect to publish at most two such papers in any issue.

Purely or predominantly empirical papers will not be considered in this category and should instead be submitted as Brief Reports or, if they also include substantive ethical analysis, Papers.

  • Word count: up to 7000 words
  • Abstract: up to 250 words
  • Tables/Illustrations: up to 5, any more at editorial discretion
  • References: up to 50

The Journal of Medical Ethics remains the top-ranked journal in bioethics for 2015 according to Google Scholar Metrics, with an impact factor of 1.511 and an h5-index of 28.

We look forward to seeing your submissions.

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