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Our Mission

The American Journal of Bioethics is the leading journal in the field of bioethics, publishing original contributions that explore domestic and global ethical challenges in health care, medicine, public health, and the life sciences. Twelve issues are published each year, containing peer-reviewed scholarly target articles, open peer commentaries, editorials, book reviews, and case studies in clinical care and research ethics.

Our contributors come from a wide range of professions and academic disciplines, providing authoritative, annotated conversations that has been used by judges, politicians, journalists, scholars, schoolteachers, and millions of others as the key source on thousands of topics in the health sciences. The American Journal of Bioethics has followed through on the innovative vision that built bioethics: serious discussion of the social implications of biomedicine.

The website is currently maintained by the editorial staff of The American Journal of Bioethics.  In service to anyone interested in bioethics, the website publishes information on the latest journal publications, events, job opportunities and current news.  The site also includes original blog authorship by world-renowned bioethicsts, as well as being a one-stop-shop for popular syndicated bioethics blogs.  Future improvements to the site include an extensive database of resources including info about organizations, centers, and institutions, as well as a glossary of terms.

The Journal

Founded in 1999, The American Journal of Bioethics provides readers with comprehensive, peer-reviewed scholarship about ethical issues in medicine and the biomedical sciences.  The journal offers publication covering many disciplines including healthcare, medicine, public health, philosophy, biomedical science, religion, law, health services research, and social work. Each issue of AJOB includes Target Articles that zero in on a pressing problem, followed by Open Peer Commentaries that provide access to all facets of the issue at hand, across disciplines and methodologies, so that both the practical and theoretical are up for discussion.

Following a decade of climbing to the top of all bioethics journals, AJOB expanded into the AJOB Family of Journals, owned and published in print and online by Taylor & Francis Group.  The Family would now include journals on neuroscience and empirical research, each independently managed.  The result is scholarship that meets the needs of the teacher, the casual reader, the researcher, the policy analyst, the student.  Please see below for information about each journal.

The American Journal of Bioethics

David Magnus, Ph.D. (Stanford University)

Executive Managing Editor:
Bela Fishbeyn, M.S. (Stanford University)

Associate Editors:
Denise Dudzinski, Ph.D. (University of Washington School of Medicine)
John Lantos, M.D. (Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics)
Kayhan Parsi, J.D., Ph.D. (Loyola University Chicago)
Richard Sharp, Ph.D. (The Cleveland Clinic)

Associate Blog Editors:
Keisha Ray, Ph.D. (University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston)

Alyssa Burgart, M.D., M.A. (Stanford University)

AJOB Editorial Board


  • BIOSIS/Biological Abstracts
  • CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature)
  • CSA Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • LexisNexis
  • Linguistics & Language Behavior Abstracts
  • MEDLINE/PubMed
  • PAIS International
  • Social Services Abstracts
  • Sociological Abstracts
  • The Philosopher’s Index
AJOB Neuroscience

Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D. 
(Emory University)

John Banja, Ph.D. (Emory University)

Book Review Editor:
Alan Regenberg, M.Be. (Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics)

Managing Editor:
Gillian Hue, Ph.D. (Emory University)

Senior Editorial Advisor:
Judy Illes, Ph.D. (University of British Columbia)

Editor-in-Residence (Neuroscience):
Karen Rommelfanger, Ph.D. (Emory University)

Postdoctoral Editorial Intern:
Katie L. Strong, Ph.D. (Emory University)

AJOB Neuro Editorial Board


  • Academic Search Complete
  • TOC Premier
  • CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature)
AJOB Empirical Bioethics (formerly Primary Research)

Holly Taylor, Ph.D., M.P.H. (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

Associate Editors:
Julie N. Harris-Wai, Ph.D., M.P.H. (University of California, San Francisco)

Christian M. Simon, Ph.D. (University of Iowa)

Managing Editor:
Theodore Schall, M.S.W. (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)

AJOB EB Editorial Board


  • Academic Search Complete
  • CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature)
  • Health Policy Reference Center
  • TOC Premier
Conflict of Interest Committee

Our conflict of interest committee is comprised of members from the AJOB Family of Journals:

John J. Paris, S.J, Ph.D. – Boston College (AJOB)
Ross McKinney, Jr, M.D. – Duke University  (AJOB)
Mildred Cho, Ph.D. – Stanford University  (AJOB Empirical Bioethics)
Laurence McCullough, Ph.D. – Baylor College of Medicine (AJOB Empirical Bioethics)
Ilina Singh, Ph.D. – London School of Economics and Political Science (AJOB Neuroscience)


Council of Editors