Bioethica Forum

  • Scientific journal for biomedical ethics
  • Trilingual (English, German, French)
  • Frequency: quarterly
  • Published by the Swiss Society for Biomedical Ethics

Bioethica Forum is an interdisciplinary journal focussing on issues in biomedical ethics, and centred on contributions to ethics in the domains of health care, research, biotechnologies, and public health. Contributions are based on concrete – ethical, legal, and policy – issues, and on analysis of fundamental concepts and theories through which concrete questions are examined. By publishing high quality academic papers, Bioethica Forum aims to stimulate and deepen debates in bioethics.

Each issue of Bioethica Forum centres on a theme (Focus):

1 / 2008 (June 2008):Clinical ethics consultation
2 / 2008 (Dec. 2008):Preimplantation diagnosis
1 / 2009 (June 2009):Suicide assistance (out of print)
2 / 2009 (Dec. 2009):Research with human subjects
1 / 2010 (June 2010):Bioethics – Past and Future
2 / 2010 (Dec. 2010):Transplantation
1 / 2011 (March 2011):Enhancement
2 / 2011 (June 2011):Medicine in old age
3 / 2011 (Sept. 2011):Resource Allocation in Health Care
4 / 2011 (Dec. 2011):Medical Humanities
1 / 2012 (March 2012):Animal experimentation
2 / 2012 (June 2012):Medicalisation of everyday life
3 / 2012 (Sept. 2012):Blood stem cell donation
4 / 2012 (Dec. 2012):Medicin in prison
1 / 2013 (March 2013):Developing world bioethics
2 / 2013 (June 2013):Ethical requirements for determining medical cost-effectiveness
3 / 2013 (Sept. 2013):Genetic Diagnosis
4 / 2013 (Dec. 2013):Neuroethics
1 / 2014 (March 2014):The determination of death
2 / 2014 (June 2014):Integrity of the body
3 / 2014 (Sept. 2014):Enhancement and climate
4 / 2014 (Dec. 2014):End of life
1 / 2015 (March 2015):Care of the environment?
2 / 2015 (June 2015):Data protection
3 / 2015 (Sept. 2015):Right to health
4 / 2015 (Dec. 2015):Predictive neurosciences


Other sections include «Research ethics», «Clinical ethics», «Ethics in the biotechnologies», «Public health ethics», and «Teaching ethics».

The Focus and the other sections include original articles and case discussions (both peer reviewed), as well as personal narratives, viewpoints, and «5 minute for practical ethics».

The journal also provides a specific section as a «Discussion forum» for health care professionals, researchers, and ethics consultants, as well as members of clinical ethics committees and research ethics committees (IRBs).

New: quarterly!