December 31, 2003
Penn-based American Journal of Bioethics selected
as 'Best New Journal' by the Council of Editors of Learned
Annual Council of Editors of Learned Journals Awards
Competition recognizes outstanding achievement in scholarly
(San Diego, CA) -- Calling it " ...the equivalent
of Nature for the field of bioethics, in that
it covers critical issues from a wide range of biomedical
sciences and is cited frequently in the peer-reviewed
literature," the Council of Editors of Learned
Journals (CELJ) selected the American Journal of
Bioethics (AJOB), based in the Department of Medical
Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania School
of Medicine and published by MIT Press, as
'Best New Journal' for 2003. This prestigious award,
which was announced at CEIJ's annual meeting in San
Diego this week, was awarded to AJOB from among more
than 200 entries submitted by more than 50 presses,
as the most outstanding new journal by its peer jury.
AJOB was singled out for its technological and scholarly
innovation. It is the first journal ever reviewed, according
to CELJ reviewers, which involves 'a level of interdisciplinary
interaction in the production of a paper and online
journal.' The American Journal of Bioethics
has daily updates, free articles, a book review archive,
a job-search service, and dozens of other innovative
online services in addition to the MIT Press paper edition.
It carried more than 150 articles in the three years
since its inception, most of which were published by
senior scholars or rising new talent, and many of which
were singled out for their innovation in the field of
The Journal was also praised for its strong
policy on conflict of interest, which one reviewer termed
"... the strongest I have ever seen - stronger
than anything suggested by any panel ... ." Journal
Editor-in-Chief Glenn McGee, PhD, explains,
"Under AJOB's policy, editorial conflicts
of interest as well as peer reviewer conflicts of interest,
including mandatory disclosure of all sources of income
by all members of the editorial staff, are regularly
subject to review." McGee, who is an Assistant
Professor in Penn's Department of Medical Ethics continues,
"In addition, the Journal maintains its conflict
of interest disclosure policy on both the MIT and Penn
According to CELJ award guidelines, the selected new
journal must be in publication no more than five years.
Entries are submitted in dozens of disciplines and areas
of study by scholarly presses which are members or whose
editors are elected members of CELJ.
The American Journal of Bioethics is the first
journal edited at Penn to win this award.
The editorial offices of The American Journal of
Bioethics have been based at Penn's Center for
Bioethics since the founding of the Journal
in 2001 by McGee and associate editor David Magnus,
PhD, formerly of Penn and now of Stanford University.
Master of Bioethics student Kelly Carroll is Executive
Managing Editor of the Journal. Electronic
Media Editor is John Kwon (MSE '00). Book Review Editor
is Mark Aulisio, PhD, of Case Western Reserve University
School of Medicine, and Special Features Editor is Paul
Root Wolpe, PhD, also of Penn.
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