Here at the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry (JBI) we have decided to re-launch our popular “In That Case” feature, which poses real (or sometimes fictional) ethical dilemmas in medicine and the health sciences and invites reader responses from as many different disciplines and locales as possible. Because of its interactive nature, it is one of our favorite vehicles for carrying out the primary missions of the JBI—to generate reflective debate and analysis, to encourage differences of thought and novel approaches, to develop collaborative networks, and to connect diverse voices in a global conversation to promote greater understanding across disciplinary, ideological, and geographical borders.
Our revamped “In That Case,” instead of comprising articles published solely in the print version of the JBI, will be a print–online hybrid aimed at increasing reader and respondent access and participation. We will publish new cases here at bioethicalinquiry.com and invite immediate responses for the JBI Blog from readers, scholars, practitioners, policy-makers, etc.—i.e., you!—from around the globe.
We encourage you to share your expertise and experiences and even submit cases of your own.
Additionally, online responses will be collated and summarized in an editorial commentary to be published in both the The JBI Blog and the next print issue. We also will encourage authors of some online posts and selected scholars with expertise in the topic area to write longer responses for the print version of the journal.
The first case is in press and will be published shortly. Please join the dialogue and debate.
We look forward to hearing from you!
Editor’s Note: We at the JBI would like to extend our great thanks to Malcolm Parker for editing the “In That Case” feature for us over a number of years since its inception. Michael Ashby, consulting editor for the JBI, has agreed to take over “In That Case” and navigate its various travels between the slow- and fast-food lanes of bioethical discourse.