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Table 1 Composition of editorial and advisory board members of 14 leading bioethics journals

From: Bioethics and Its Gatekeepers: Does Institutional Racism Exist in Leading Bioethics Journals?

Name of the Journal Total number of members of editorial and advisory boardsa Number of members located in countries with Very High/High/Medium/Low Human Development Index (HDI)b
Very High and High HDI Medium HDI Low HDI
American Journal of Bioethics 40 38 (95 %) 2 (5 %) (Thailand, India) 0
Bioethics 47 47 (100 %) 0 0
BMC Medical Ethics 21 18 (85.7 %) 1 (4.7 %) (Philippines) 2 (9.5 %) (Cameroon, Zimbabwe)
Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 36 36 (100 %) 0 0
The Hastings Center Report 8 8 (100 %) 0 0
Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 64 59 (92.2 %) 5 (7.8 %) (3 from South Africa; 1 each from China and Philippines) 0
Journal of Clinical Ethics 29 29 (100 %) 0 0
Journal of Law, Medicine and Ethics 46 46 (100 %) 0 0
Journal of Medical Ethics 25 25 (100 %) 0 0
Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 69 67 (97.1 %) 2 (2.9 %) (China) 0
The Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 23 23 (100 %) 0 0
Medicine Health Care and Philosophy 45 45 (100 %) 0 0
Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 38 37 (97 %) 0 1 (3 %) (Malawi)
Developing World Bioethics 36 23 (63.8 %) 9 (25 %) (5 from South Africa; 1 each from India, China, Sri Lanka, Philippines) 4 (11.1 %) (Bangladesh, Cameroon, Nigeria, Tanzania)
Total 527c 501 (95 %) 19 (3.6 %) 7 (1.3 %)
  1. aIncludes editor-in-chief, editor, co-editor, executive editor, managing editor, contributing editor, (international) associate editor, book review editor, editorial committee, editorial board, editorial advisory board, and editorial assistant as listed in individual journals
  2. bCountries were classified according to their Human Development Index (Human Development Report 2011). The percentages are given in brackets
  3. cSome members have redoubled influence by serving on the editorial and advisory boards of more than one bioethics journal, yet again multiplying the exclusion of would be developing country board members