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Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics

Philosophy of Medical Research and Practice

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Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics examines clinical judgment and reasoning, medical concepts such as health and disease, the philosophical basis of medical science, and the philosophical ethics of health care and biomedical research
Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics is an international forum for interdisciplinary studies in the ethics of health care and in the philosophy and methodology of medical practice and biomedical research. Coverage in the philosophy of medicine includes the theoretical examination of clinical judgment and decision making; theories of health promotion and preventive care; the problems of medical language and knowledge acquisition; theory formation in medicine; analysis of the structure and dynamics of medical hypotheses and theories; discussion and clarification of basic medical concepts and issues; medical application of advanced methods in the philosophy of science, and the interplay between medicine and other scientific or social institutions. Coverage of ethics includes both clinical and research ethics, with an emphasis on underlying ethical theory rather than institutional or governmental policy analysis. All philosophical methods and orientations receive equal consideration. The journal pays particular attention to developing new methods and tools for analysis and understanding of the conceptual and ethical presuppositions of the medical sciences and health care processes.
Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics publishes original scholarly articles, occasional special issues on important topics, and book reviews.

Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics is an official partner journal of the American Society for Humanities + Bioethics:

Related subjects » Applied Ethics & Social Responsibility – Bioethics – Ethics – Epistemology & Philosophy of Science – Medical Ethics – Medicine – Philosophy – Philosophy of Medicine – Surgery

  • Daniel P. Sulmasy
  • Lynn Jansen
Impact factor
1.4 (2022)
5 year impact factor
1.6 (2022)
Submission to first decision (median)
47 days
256,304 (2023)

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June 2024 |

Volume 45, Issue 3

Special Issue on Facing a pandemic outbreak: issues of global health, ethics, and technology

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  • COVID-19 and impact on peer review

    As a result of the significant disruption that is being caused by the COVID-19 pandemic we are very aware that many researchers will have difficulty in meeting the timelines associated with our peer review process during normal times.  Please do let us know if you need additional time. Our systems will continue to remind you of the original timelines but we intend to be highly flexible at this time.

  • Thank you, Julianna Kober!

    Lynn Jansen and I would like to take this opportunity to thank Julianna Kober, JD, LLM, for her superb service as managing editor of the journal from December, 2021 through March 2023. Julianna took over when we were far behind in our publication schedule in the wake of production problems wrought by the COVID-19 pandemic (which especially impacted Springer’s staff in India). Julianna quickly learned the intricacies of this complex job from her predecessor, Katie MacDougald, then worked diligently and effectively over the next year to bring us back on track.  Julianna approached her work with care, intelligence, and judgment. We are especially grateful for her devotion to the journal.  Even once she had graduated from her Master’s degree program at Georgetown Law School and had already assumed a full-time job as a clerk for Judge Deborah J. Israel of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in Washington, she continued to work for the journal until we could find a successor. Moreover, she continued selflessly to shepherd our special issue on “Controversial Arguments in Bioethics” through to its publication last month, even though she had formally left the job as managing editor for Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics.  Our readers and authors have benefitted greatly from her work, and should share our gratitude to Julianna.  We wish her all the best in her law career. 

    Dan Sulmasy 


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