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The Journal of Hospital Ethics (JoHE) is a peer-reviewed academic journal devoted to furthering normative discussion associated with moral complexities and value conflicts as they relate both practically and theoretically to the care of patients, families, and clinicians within hospitals. JoHE publishes scholarly original features, clinical case analyses, and serves as an educational resource for medical and surgical residency programs, graduate schools, and bioethics committees, internationally. JoHE is produced and published by the John J. Lynch, MD Center for Ethics at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. 

JoHE is the official proceedings publication for the International Conference on Clinical Ethics and Consultation (ICCEC) and a partner journal of the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities (ASBH)

Editorial group

Evan G. DeRenzo, PhD

Christian Carrozzo, PhD (c)

Jory Barone, MLS
Fred King, MSLS
S. Layla Heimlich, MSLIS

Jack A. Sava, MD
Michael Pottash, MD

Nikki Glover

Ben Krohmal, JD

Editorial advisory board

Amanda Anderson, RN, BSN, CCRN
Fellow in Clinical Scholars, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Amanda Bush, MA, BSN RN
Amanda Bush Nursing Ethics, LLC
Chee M. Chan, MD, MPH
Medical Director, Intermediate Care Unit, MedStar Washington Hospital Center 
Zacharia Cherian, MD
Chair, Department of Neonatology, MedStar Washington Hospital Center 
Zacharia Cherian, MD
Chair, Department of Neonatology, MedStar Washington Hospital Center 
J. Hunter Groninger, MD
Director, Section of Palliative Care, MedStar Washington Hospital Center 
Laura K. Guidry-Grimes, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities and Bioethics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences 
Josh Hyatt, DSH, MHL, CPHRM
Adjunct Professor, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences 
Jack Kilcullen, MD, JD, MPH
Physician, Medical Critical Care Service, INOVA 
Eran Klein, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology, Oregon Health & Sciences University  
Jason Lesandrini, LPEC
Assistant Vice President of Ethics, WellStar Health System 
Barbara M. Mitchell, RN, MSN
Director, Quality Resources & Outcomes, MedStar Washington Hospital Center 
Stephen W. Peterson, MD
Physician, Outpatient Behavioral Health, MedStar Washington Hospital Center 
Ira Y. Rabin, MD
VP of Medical Operations, MedStar Washington Hospital Center 
Jack Schwartz, JD
Adjunct Professor and Senior Research Associate, University of Maryland Carey School of Law 
Stephen Selinger, MD
Chief Medical Officer, Anne Arundel Medical Center 
Eric A. Singer, MD
Assistant Professor, Section of Urologic Cancer, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School 
 Carol Taylor, RN, MSN, PhD
Senior Research Scholar, Kennedy Institute of Ethics and Professor, School of Nursing & Health Studies, Georgetown University

Aims and Scope

The Journal of Hospital Ethics (JoHE) is designed to enhance interdisciplinary discourse in bioethics, and to assist in the development of the practical reasoning and clinical skills required for recognizing, understanding, and managing moral uncertainties and ethical complexities within hospital systems and hospital practice.

Editorial Policy

The Journal of Hospital Ethics (JoHE) adheres to the editorial standards and authorship criteria recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). We welcome submissions of completed manuscripts as well as abstract paper proposals by authors with academic or professional expertise in relevant fields. All contributions to the journal will be reviewed for publication with the understanding that they are not under consideration, accepted, or published elsewhere. Please limit manuscript submissions to 3500 words, and abstract paper proposals to 250 words. JoHE adheres to the American Medical Association Manual of Style (11th Edition).

Peer Review Process

Submissions are subject to an initial, internal review by the journal’s Editorial Group, followed by 1) an external double-blind peer review by a single external reviewer, chosen for his or her expertise in relation to the manuscript, and 2) a second double-blind peer review by a separate external reviewer chosen for his or her relevant medical expertise, prior to full acceptance. As such, the majority of submissions to JoHE receive two external double-blind peer reviews from two distinct external reviewers prior to general acceptance. Should these two external reviews result in inconsistent recommendations as to the general acceptance of the manuscript, a third external reviewer will be selected for an additional double-blind peer review in order to determine the submission's suitability for publication. Having completed these reviews, as well as any associated author revisions, once fully accepted for publication, manuscripts additionally undergo a scholarship/reference review by the medical librarians listed in the Editorial Group (Content Editors) as part of the editorial process. Please send all author and submission inquiries to:

Conflicts of Interest (COI)

The Journal of Hospital Ethics (JoHE) requires authors to declare all competing interests in relation to their work. Submitted manuscripts must include a COI statement declaring any competing interests (financial and non-financial). Where authors have no competing interests, the manuscript should include the following statement: “The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.” Editors may ask for further information relating to competing interests. A competing interest exists when the author(s) interpretation of data or presentation of information may be influenced by their personal or financial relationship with other people or organizations.

Human and Non-Human Animal Rights and Informed Consent

The Journal of Hospital Ethics (JoHE) is not a research journal. JoHE only infrequently publishes research articles. When such an article does appear, however, the Editor-in-Chief will attest that the study, whether involving human research participants or non-human animals, has complied with local and United States (US) federal regulations governing such studies as well as international guidance and/or regulations where applicable. This attestation will be based on a letter from the relevant US Institutional Review Board(s) (IRB), (including, where relevant, evidence of informed consent if involving human participants) international guidance of the Declaration of Helsinki, and/or the US Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee(s) (IUCUC), confirming approval or exemption.

Data Sharing

Consistent with the National Institute of Health’s (NIH) policy on data management and sharing, the Editorial Group of the John J. Lynch, MD Center for Ethics supports data sharing as essential to scientists’ ability to expedite the translation of research results into knowledge, products, and procedures to improve human health. The Editorial Group of JoHE firmly believes that the sharing of scientific data “accelerates biomedical research discovery, in part by enabling validation of research results, providing accessibility to high-value datasets, and promoting data reuse for future research studies” As such, where JoHE publishes an article involving original research, while complying with the above federal regulations, all relevant data should be made as widely and freely available as possible while safeguarding the privacy of any participants and protecting confidential and proprietary data.

Errata and Corrigenda

Errata are defined as errors introduced to the article by the publisher after acceptance and publication. All related corrections or changes to errata are communicated to the author by the Editorial Group and, ideally, are identified and corrected by the publisher before final production. Errata discovered after publication will be noted in a subsequent issue of the journal. Corrigenda are defined as changes to the article that the author wishes to publish at any time after acceptance and publication. Authors in this position should contact the Editorial Group, who will consider the impact of the suggested change and decide on a course of action.

Advertising Policy

The Journal of Hospital Ethics (JoHE) does not accept advertising or sponsorship for products or services of any kind.

Editorial Disclaimer, ISSN, and Copyright

The opinions and perspectives offered in JoHE reflect only the views of the authors and editors, and do not represent the views of others within the MedStar Health system or other institution or organization with which any of the members of the JoHE Editorial Advisory Board are affiliated. Clinical case analyses are entirely fictional. Authors of all material accepted for publication will be required to assign copyright to the publisher. No part of this journal may be reproduced by any process or technique without explicit written permission from the Editorial Group. The Journal of Hospital Ethics (JoHE) is indexed for research access in the following databases: EBSCO CINAHL, ProQuest, and the Philosopher’s Index, and is produced and published by the John J. Lynch, MD Center for Ethics, MedStar Health, Washington, DC. The following ISSN assignments have been made under the auspice of the Library of Congress (OCLC: 136972691): JoHE (Print) ISSN 1938-4955, JoHE (Online) ISSN 1938-4920 © Copyright 2012-2022 The John J. Lynch, MD Center for Ethics. All rights reserved.

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