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About the Journal


Research ethics

Abstracting and indexing services

Impact factor and ranking

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About the journal

Public Health Ethics is the first peer-reviewed international journal to focus on a systematic analysis of the moral problems in public health and preventive medicine. It contains original articles, reviews, and case studies about the nature of public health and related concepts (e.g. population, public, community, prevention); discussions of values in public health; and ethical issues in relation to all aspects of public health policy and practice. This includes normative issues in epidemiological research, health promotion, infectious diseases control, screening, population genetics, resource allocation, health care system reform, vaccinations, environmental and lifestyle factors relevant to health, equity, justice and global health. PHE combines theoretical and practical work from different fields, notably philosophy, law, and politics, but also epidemiology and the medical sciences. Contributors are particularly encouraged to discuss the practical impact of their work on public health policies. PHE is therefore an important resource for scholars and students in bioethics and public health, but also for professionals and policy makers.

Research Ethics

Ethics of research with human subjects or animals

When reporting on studies with human subjects, authors should indicate in their manuscript whether the design of the study has been reviewed by an independent research ethics committee or that it conforms to standards currently applied in the country of origin. The name of the authorizing body should be stated in the paper. Manuscripts should also include a statement about the informed consent process in the study. Any information about individuals, including illustrations, should be anonymized as far as possible.

When reporting on animal experiments authors should indicate whether the institution’s, national research council’s, or any other law on the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Abstracting and Indexing Services

Public Health Ethics is covered by the following abstracting and indexing services:

International Bibliography of the Social Sciences
Philosopher’s Index
Social Science Research Network (SSRN)

Impact Factor and Ranking

Year Impact Factor Ssi: Ethics Ssi: Public, Environmental & Occupational Health Si: Public, Environmental & Occupational Health Si: Medical Ethics
2015 1.283 17 out of 51 91 out of 153 115 out of 172 10 out of 17
2014 1.182 12 out of 52 94 out of 145 115 out of 162 10 out of 18
2013 1.269 13 out of 50 75 out of 136 101 out of 160 7 out of 18
2012 0.788 22 out of 48 105 out of 136 129 out of 158 11 out of 18
2011 0.741 23 out of 47 104 out of 131 132 out of 157

This information is taken from the Journal Citation Reports, published annually as part of the Science Citation Index and Social Science Citation Index by ISI.

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