About Us

Bioethics is a dialogue …

The Journal of Bioethical Inquiry is more than “just a journal”—more than merely a place where scholars and practitioners can publish their research, critical reflections, and analyses of bioethical issues and practice. The JBI seeks to create a multidisciplinary forum for:

  • generating reflective debate and analysis;
  • encouraging differences of thought and novel approaches;
  • developing collaborations and research networks; and
  • connecting diverse voices in a global conversation to promote greater understanding across disciplinary, ideological, and geographical borders.
Image of the cover of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, with the words "bioethical inquiry" in front of a fractal (in purple).

The cover design features a “fractal”—a geometric shape whose parts, when magnified, approximate the structure of the whole. Fractals are infinitely detailed and they characterize the geometry of many phenomena in the natural world. The word “fractal” is derived from the Latin verb “to break” and the adjective for “irregular.” The fractal design thus represents aspects of bioethics: that it is an unending process of analysis, turbulence, and complexity


The Journal of Bioethical Inquiry (JBI) provides a multidisciplinary scholarly forum for reflective debate and analysis of bioethical issues and the differences of opinion and approach that they generate. It aims to connect diverse academic, professional, scientific, artistic, and community voices in a global conversation that involves our contributors, readers, and the editorial team to promote greater understanding across disciplinary, ideological, and geographical borders.


Unique among bioethics journals, the JBI regards bioethics as a region of foment and so accepts contributions from relevant disciplines, including but not limited to philosophy, bioethics, anthropology, cultural studies, disability studies, economics, environmental sciences, feminist and gender studies, queer studies, history, sociology, law, linguistics and discourse analysis, literature and literary studies, psychology, public health and epidemiology, science and technology studies, and theology and religious studies.

The JBI welcomes both reports of empirical research and articles that increase the theoretical understanding of medicine and healthcare; the health professions; the nature of health, illness, and disability; the life sciences; the sources of ethics; the nature of ethical communities; the possible implications of new developments in science and technology; and the impact of social policies and current world events on health, welfare, and systems of power.

Contributions discussing bioethical issues in different geographical and cultural settings are strongly encouraged as are perspectives that are less commonly represented in existing journals in the field.

Types of articles and collections

The journal welcomes manuscripts in the following areas: Original Research; Focus Articles and Commentaries (invited); Review Articles; Current Controversies; Book, Film and Art Reviews; and Responses. The The JBI accepts proposals and guest editorships for Symposia and Special Issues. It also publishes the following invitation-only columns: Editorials; and Recent Developments. Read more in our Information About Articles and Collections resource.

Editorial team

One aim of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry is to foster interdisciplinary and international dialogue about pressing concerns related to both new and old bioethical issues. The Editors of the JBI specialize in a variety of areas and work with and within different populations. We encourage you to get to know all of our editors and engage with them in conversations that are fruitful to all.

Published by Springer

The Journal of Bioethical Inquiry is published by Springer (journal no. 11673):

  • ISSN: 1176-7529 (print version)
  • ISSN: 1872-4353 (electronic version)


The Journal of Bioethical Inquiry is the official journal of the Australasian Association of Bioethics and Health Law and the Bioethics Centre of the University of Otago and an official partner journal of the American Society for Bioethics + Humanities.