Can Bioethics Journals Become Role Models in Making Information, Data, Opinion, and Cross-Cultural Discussions Universally Available?

  • Sunil K. Pandya
  • The American Journal of Bioethics, October 2017, Taylor & Francis
  • DOI: 10.1080/15265161.2017.1366195

Journals on bioethics and medical ethics must be more helpful to those in developing countries

What is it about?

Authors and students in developing countries often face difficulties in gaining access to papers in journals published in developed countries. To facilitate two-way exchanges with them, journals must help them gain access for study and publication. One way is to make these journals open access without any fees. 'Indian Journal of Medical Ethics', for example, has provided this facility to all readers from the start.

Why is it important?

Two-way exchanges will enable those in poorly developed countries improve teaching and practice of ethical medicine and, at the same time, enable them to provide their own experiences under their peculiar circumstances to a Western audience.


Dr Sunil K Pandya
Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre

The American Journal of Bioethics is a leader in the field. It can set the trend for other journals by implementing the suggestions made in this paper and in that by Chattopadhyay and colleagues (2017).

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