AJOB Anniversary Journey

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The American Journal of Bioethics

2000-2020: How Bioethics Is Changing the World

Enjoy FREE ACCESS to the below articles via this page until 31 December 2020

The American Journal of Bioethics is now celebrating its 20th anniversary. Things have changed dramatically for the journal in that time. The nature of publishing has been radically transformed, from a model that depended heavily on individual subscriptions and readership that was largely of a physical journal, to a screen culture in which the vast majority of readers access articles online through institutional bundles of subscriptions. AJOB began as a quarterly journal and grew to monthly. Our Journal’s position in the field has changed too. We have grown from an upstart to arguably the top journal in the field. By most bibliometric measures, the journal is far and away the top journal in a number of fields, including ethics, and we are proud to be one of Taylor and Francis’ top journals in any field (our latest Impact Factor is an all-time high of 7.647).

The field of bioethics has changed too. Twenty years ago, the prospect of human reproductive cloning seemed to be an urgent concern for many people in the field. Today, we are in the middle of a pandemic that is exposing to the public the way that racism and inequality impact the health of populations, and the cruel reality that many people in the U.S. lack basic rights and any prospect of equality of opportunity. We have covered a broad range of topics over the years, including ethical challenges raised by cutting edge technologies (stem cells, CRISPR, neuroenhancement technologies), key concepts in clinical ethics (definitions of death, how to do ethics consultation, issues in end of life care), and issues in public health ethics (rural healthcare, pandemics and the duty to treat, global health ethics).

Looking back, what stands out are the amazing interdisciplinary conversations that we helped the journal fostered on these topics. The authors who contribute Target Articles and Open Peer Commentaries, the peer reviewers who donate their time, the Editorial Board members who serve as ambassadors for the journal, and all of the editors have all helped make AJOB the success it is today---a highly cited, highly downloaded, highly influential journal.

To commemorate the 20th anniversary, we have chosen to highlight a selection of articles from among the most downloaded and the most cited articles that we have published. These will be freely available through the end of the year. 

Please enjoy revisiting these articles. All of us working on the journal are excited to see what the next 20 years will bring.

David Christopher Magnus
Editor in Chief

Most Read Articles 

Article Title Author(s) Volume
Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID)—Is the Amputation of Healthy Limbs Ethically Justified? Sabine Müller Volume 9, 2009 - Issue 1
Tracking U.S. Professional Athletes: The Ethics of Biometric Technologies Katrina Karkazis & Jennifer R. Fishman Volume 17, 2017 - Issue 1
Seeking Better Health Care Outcomes: The Ethics of Using the “Nudge” J. S. Blumenthal-Barby & Hadley Burroughs Volume 12, 2012 - Issue 2
The Rise of Citizen Science in Health and Biomedical Research Andrea Wiggins & John Wilbanks Volume 19, 2019 - Issue 8
CRISPR-Cas Gene Editing to Cure Serious Diseases: Treat the Patient, Not the Germ Line Ante S. Lundberg & Rodger Novak Volume 15, 2015 - Issue 12

Most Cited Articles 

Article Title Author(s) Volume
Ethics Consultation in United States Hospitals: A National Survey Ellen Fox, Sarah Myers & Robert A. Pearlman Volume 7, 2007 - Issue 2
Disclosing Individual Genetic Results to Research Participants Vardit Ravitsky & Benjamin S. Wilfond Volume 6, 2006 - Issue 6
All Gifts Large and Small: Toward an Understanding of the Ethics of Pharmaceutical Industry Gift-Giving Dana Katz, Arthur L. Caplan & Jon F. Merz Volume 10, 2010 - Issue 10
Social Networkers' Attitudes Toward Direct-to-Consumer Personal Genome Testing Amy L. McGuire,Christina M. Diaz,Tao Wang & Susan G. Hilsenbeck Volume 9, 2009 - Issue 6-7
Undue Inducement: Nonsense on Stilts? Ezekiel J. Emanuel National Institutes of Health 1 Volume 5, 2005 - Issue 5

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