CFS: BMC Med Ethics

BMC Medical Ethics is an online journal publishing research articles after full peer review. All articles are published, without barriers to access, immediately upon acceptance. The journal is published by BioMed Central Ltd, Floor 6, 236 Gray’s Inn Road, London, WC1X 8HB, United Kingdom.

Scope: BMC Medical Ethics is an Open Access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on relation to the ethical aspects of biomedical research and clinical practice, including professional choices and conduct, medical technologies, healthcare systems and health policies.

Criteria for publication: Publication of research articles by BMC Medical Ethics is dependent primarily on their validity and coherence, as judged by peer reviewers, who are also asked whether the writing is comprehensible and how interesting they consider the article to be. If an article is of broad interest, the authors may be asked if they would prefer it to be published in BMC Medicine, and the article may be highlighted in a variety of ways as a service to our readers and contributors.

Speed of publication: BMC Medical Ethics offers a very fast publication schedule while maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles will be published electronically in manuscript form immediately upon acceptance. A fully structured web version, and accompanying laid out PDF, will be published within a few weeks of acceptance.

Flexibility: As an electronic-only journal, BMC Medical Ethics offers authors the opportunity to publish large data sets, large numbers of illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other papers).

Submission of manuscripts: Manuscripts must be submitted to BMC Medical Ethics electronically using the online submission system. Full details of how to submit a manuscript are given in the instructions for authors.

Instructions for authors:


CFP: Int’l Network, Feminist Bioethics

The International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics is pleased to invite proposals for panels and papers for presentation at the 2014 World Congress in Mexico City, 22-24 June 2014. The Congress theme is Health Care Ethics: Local, Global, Universal. While FAB encourages submissions on this team, submissions on any topic in feminist bioethics are welcome. Paper abstracts should be 300 words, prepared for anonymous review, and accompanied by both a descriptive title for the paper proposed and 2-3 keywords. Proposed panels should also be prepared for anonymous review and consist of a 300-word description of the overall topic and objectives of the panel, as well as a panel title and the titles of all the papers to be included in the panel.

All submissions should include the names, e-mail addresses, and full affiliations of all authors. In cases of panels and co-authored papers, please identify a corresponding author. One or two submitted papers may be selected for plenary presentations. If you wish your paper to be considered for a plenary, please submit the full paper and indicate that you seek review for a plenary. The conference organizers welcome submissions from a wide range of disciplines, including philosophy, the social sciences, critical cultural studies (gender and sexuality studies, disability studies, race studies, etc.), law, public health, and others. We particularly encourage submissions from early career researchers.

Submissions (in .doc, .docx, or .pdf format) should be e-mailed to by 1 September 2013. This e-mail address should only be used for communications concerning submissions, and not for general conference or FAB inquiries.

Sample topics:

  •  Feminist thoughts about universal declarations of rights
  •  Feminist thoughts about what moral obligations, if any, are universal
  •  How growing economies shape the delivery of health care for women
  •  How oppression affects access to health care
  •  Informal systems of care
  •  International comparisons of health care systems
  •  Macro dilemmas and micro solutions to the need for health care
  •  Political foundations for access to care
  •  Scarce resources, just allocations
  •  Local power, global biomedical challenges
  •  Neoliberalism’s impact on health care systems
  •  Medical research in a global era
  •  Feminist bioethics: ghetto or global?
  •  A local epistemology for a global feminist bioethics

Papers accepted for the conference will be reviewed for publication in IJFAB. Conferees should plan to submit their final papers to IJFAB no later than 1 September 2014.

Application Procedure for Travel and Registration Grants

FAB has limited funds to provide travel grants to help FAB members participate in the biennial conference. In order to be eligible for a grant, applicants must have been members of FAB for at least one year at the time of application. To apply for a travel grant, FAB members presenting a paper at FAB-Mexico City 2014 should submit both a brief abstract of their paper and a brief statement of need to the Grants Committee. (You may email the Grants Coordinator here .) FAB members seeking a registration grant must submit only a brief statement of need to the Grants Committee. To apply for a travel or registration grant, FAB members presenting a paper at FAB-Mexico City 2014 must submit the following:

  •  Full name of the applicant.
  •  Full contact information, including any relevant institutional or organizational affiliation.
  •  Details of pursuit of funding from other sources and outcome.
  •  Previous FAB grants awarded (year and amount).
  •  An extended abstract of the paper to be presented (not applicable for those requesting only assistance with registration).
  •  Anticipated participation in FAB organizational activities if applicable.

International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics–For more information about FAB, visit

International Association of Bioethics (IAB) — FAB is affiliated with the International Association of Bioethics (IAB). The IAB World Congress will be held in Mexico City 24-27 June 2014.

Mental Health and Substance Use 2013 Essay Competition

Mental Health and Substance Use 2013 Essay Competition

Closing Date: 1 December 2013

Student and New Writers: 1st prize: £200 book voucher

Mental Health and Substance Use announces the third annual Essay Competition. Students who are undertaking, or have recently completed, a mental health and substance use (coexisting, dual diagnosis, co-occurring, comorbid) course, at any level of study, and new writers who have not completed any formal training course, are eligible to submit to the competition. Entrants must not have previously published in this field.

Submitted essays/articles may be on any subject that falls within the scope of the journal, including: • clinical practice;

  •  management or administrative practice;
  •  ethics;
  •  transcultural issues and ethnicity;
  •  organisation and service development;
  •  legal issues;
  •  critical appraisal of programmes/articles;
  •  concept exploration and analysis;
  •  policy and procedural issues;
  •  education and training;
  •  research and evidence-based practice;
  •  leadership;
  •  complementary and alternative therapies;
  •  communications;
  •  prevalence and incidence; and
  •  case study.

Please submit your essay/article via email to


Instructions: Please read the following instructions carefully. Submissions that do not comply will be returned.

The submission must:

  •  be single authorship;
  •  not have been submitted, be under consideration or accepted for publication elsewhere;
  •  be between 2,500 and 5,000 words maximum;
  •  be in font Times New Roman, size 12 and double spaced;
  •  comply with the American Psychological Association (6th edition) reference style;
  •  include a title page (not included in the word count – this will be removed during judging) with the following details:
    •  essay/article title;
    •  the category of the entry, e.g., ‘legal issues’;
    •  your full name including title;
    •  your current job/position;
    •  your place of work/study mailing address including postcode;
    •  your work/study contact telephone number;
    •  your email address(es); and
    •  the final word count.

Please include as a separate file a signed and dated letter confirming:

  •  that this is your original work and has not been published nor is under consideration for publication elsewhere, and
  •  that your work has been checked for copyright breach, plagiarism and intellectual property.

Note: The essay awarded first prize will be published in the journal. Other entries may be published subject to recommendations from the Editor. The judges reserve the right not to award the prize if the entries are of insufficient quality. For further information on the aims and scope of the journal visit:


INR Seeks New Editor

Applications are invited for the position of Editor, International Nursing Review

The current editor, Jane Robinson, has given many years of excellent service to the journal but has decided to step down in summer/autumn 2013. We are now seeking applications for this prestigious position with the International Nursing Review, the official journal of the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and one of the world-leading international nursing journals published by Wiley Blackwell, part of John Wiley & Sons.

For further information please follow this link:


CFS: Health Ed Innovations (Book)

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS for a book to be published in Fall 2014 — KEEPING REFLECTION FRESH: Top Educators Share Their Innovations in Health Professional Education

To be published by Kent State Press in their Literature and Medicine series

Editors: Allan Peterkin, MD and Pamela Brett-MacLean, PhD

Scholars from both clinical and humanities disciplines have linked reflective capacity with key learning goals in clinical education, including fostering empathy, humanism and mindfulness, enhancing narrative and visual competence, challenging the “hidden curriculum” and supporting professional identity formation. Our teaching innovations have necessarily been influenced by our own diverse backgrounds, and for many of us, by unique collaborative relationships we have entered and by what we have learned when we have shared and reflected back on our work. In this volume of short descriptive, readable, personal essays, we look forward to highlighting a broad array of representative methods, processes and themes associated with introducing our learners to the benefits of reflexivity and reflection as they become health professionals.

We welcome contributions describing various pedagogical approaches, along with your reflections, impressions, obstacles and surprises. We look forward to learning about the difference it may have made – for your learners, and potentially also for your educational institution, and clinical teaching sites. This collection offers an accessible view of our various praxis approaches, and also an opportunity to clarify and further our understanding by thinking with and through our own stories as reflective practice educators.

Here are some general (but non-prescriptive) guidelines for submission:

How do you approach reflection in your teaching?

  •  Writing (writing prompts/exercises)
  •  Use of literature (memoir/poetry/fiction), close reading
  •  Theater; performative, embodied reflection
  •  Visual reflection (visual art-based workshops, “looking/seeing”); film/video; graphic medicine); dance/movement; music; art exhibits/-performances
  •  Humor, comedy
  •  Technology (online), social media (YouTube/blogging, etc.)
  •  Portfolios; field work assignments

Which themes do you explore?

  •  Professional identity formation
  •  Professionalism; the hidden curriculum
  •  Uncertainty and ambiguity
  •  Clinical error, patient safety
  •  Challenging assumptions about gender/class/race/ability/power
  •  Clinical/ethical acumen/moral imagination; distress
  •  Clinician burnout and wellness; remediation
  •  Making sense of simulation technology
  •  Naturopathic /complementary and alternate healing
  •  Gender and sexuality
  •  Architecture/contemplation of physical space
  •  Inter-disciplinary exchange/learning
  •  Community building; changing cultures of health care education Describe your processes:
  •  Introducing reflection at different stages of professional development
  •  Fear of reflection, defensiveness, resistance, trust, safety
  •  Faculty development, mentoring
  •  Fostering learning communities in support of reflection; changing learning cultures
  •  Silences, challenges, untoward consequences
  •  Ethical concerns, practices

We are seeking submissions from 500-1500 words on how you encourage your students and colleagues to become reflective practitioners.

How/Where to Submit:

Please send us your submission as a Word/PDF in the following format:

  •  Provide an engaging narrative about how this teaching approach came to you
  •  Offer a clear description of your teaching innovation (with sufficient detail which would allow others to adapt/use it)
  •  Describe impacts thus far/ future imaginings
  •  Describe the clinical/ humanities disciplines informing your approach to teaching reflective practice
  •  Provide a three line bio Where indicated, include:
  •  Appropriate authorization for reprinting of text/images and sample student excerpts should be obtained.
  •  A “top three” list of references/publications/web links/resources if available

Send your submission to: by July 15, 2012.

CFP: Genes, Neurons, and Nurses (Philosophy of Nursing Conference)

17th Annual International Philosophy of Nursing Conference in association with the International Philosophy of Nursing Society (IPONS), September 7th, 8th and 9th, 2013

Hosted by the the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing,Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Genes, Neurons, and Nurses: Implications of 21st Century Science for Nursing Care

The biological knowledge base for health care practice has expanded dramatically. Genetics and neuroscience, in particular, have motivated ambitious efforts toward biobehavioral integration and translational medicine. The 17th International Philosophy of Nursing Conference will explore the relationship between 21st century knowledge of the human body and nursing care. How should biological models be integrated into nursing knowledge and practice, especially given nursing’s concern with the psychological, emotional, and social dimensions of health? Does understanding of genetic or neurological mechanisms change how we should think about “evidence-based practice”? What are the political implications and presuppositions of mechanistic models of disease processes? And what are the ethical issues that arise out of managing the vast amounts of data about both populations and individuals? What challenges does this biological knowledge base present for patient communication and education? Should it change the way we think about the nurse’s role, nursing education, and the shape of the discipline of nursing?

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: Abstracts of papers are invited for concurrent sessions. Abstracts may be on the conference theme or on any philosophical aspect of health and health care. Presenters should plan to speak for 20 minutes to allow time for discussion.

Abstracts should be emailed to:  In order to support blind review, please send the abstract as an attachment (MS Word, or another common word processor format). In this document, please include only:

• Title of paper, 250 word abstract.

In the body of the email, please include:

  •  Title of the paper
  •  Name and title of presenter/s
  •  Institutional affiliation
  •  Contact address, phone number and email address
  •  Any audio visual aid requirements, e.g. overhead projector, Powerpoint.

Deadline for abstracts is June 3, 2013. Please direct queries to Mark Risjord:

CFS: Transnational Reproductive Travel (IJFAB)

Calls for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics: Transnational Reproductive Travel

Vol 7, No. 2: Special issue on Transnational Reproductive Travel | The deadline for submission for this issue is June 1, 2013. | Guest Editors: Françoise Baylis and Jocelyn Downie

The transnational fertility industry is a multibillion-dollar global industry that continues to grow exponentially, with few guidelines or regulations. Indeed, it has been suggested that “internationalization has made oversight laughable… regulators are dogs with no teeth” (Carney 2011).

At the heart of this industry are women who sell their ova and gestational services. Typically these women – poor women or immigrant women in low or middle income countries or students in middle and high income countries – have few options to earn the money they need to live and pay their bills. The purchasers are single women or men and heterosexual or homosexual couples who travel abroad to reduce costs, to access better quality care, to access medical resources otherwise not available in their home country, to reduce wait times, to avoid legal prohibitions on particular services or to avoid legal or professional prohibitions on access by particular demographic or social groups.

Arguably, this industry flourishes, in part, by capitalizing on differences in legal regimes, differences in wages and standards of living, and differences in cultural and ethical norms. A feminist perspective calls into question the role of exploitation, coercion, vulnerability, and inequity in transnational reproductive travel (at least as it is currently practiced and is being developed).

The aim of this special issue is to make a positive contribution from an explicitly feminist perspective to the ethical debates surrounding transnational reproductive travel. Contributions analyzing aspects of the debate that, to this point, have received insufficient, if any, attention are particularly welcome.

The Guest Editors invite submissions on any topic related to transnational reproductive travel. Potential topics for this volume include:

  • Does transnational reproductive travel increase or threaten women’s autonomy? Does reproductive outsourcing to low and middle income countries benefit women by increasing employment opportunities or further subjugate women who are at increased risk of exploitation and coercion?
  • How does transnational contract pregnancy increase or cloud our understanding of vulnerability? What is the same and what is different, from a feminist perspective, about the vulnerability of those who purchase gestational services and the women who provide these services?
  • From a feminist perspective, what rules should govern the import and export of reproductive tissues whether for reproductive or research use?
  • When the motivation for transnational reproductive travel is to avoid domestic legal or professional ethical constraints, should health care providers in the traveler’s home state facilitate transnational travel with a view to promoting access to safe and effective interventions, or should they actively discourage such travel?
  • Should women be compensated for their reproductive labour? If so, what would be a fair wage for providing eggs or 9 months of gestational services?
  • National self-sufficiency and the harmonization of laws are two strategies that have been suggested to reduce the need for individuals and couples to travel abroad. How might either of these strategies be evaluated from a feminist perspective?

Authors who plan to submit papers are encouraged to contact the Guest Editors prior to submission. All papers must be submitted in IJFAB style.