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About Monash Bioethics Review

Published by the Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash Bioethics Review is Australia's oldest peer reviewed bioethics journal. Each issue contains several original articles by leading commentators on bioethics. Also included is an Ethics Committee Supplement, featuring original articles and news items on issues of particular interest to members of human research ethics committees. In addition, there are book reviews, news on scientific and legal developments relevant to bioethics, and an Ethics Committee Reflection. Symposia on current bioethical issues are also a regular feature of the journal.

From 2009 this journal has been available in print and online.

Print ISSN: 1321-2753
Online ISSN: 1836-6716

Update 2010–2011

We would like to inform you of some forthcoming changes to Monash Bioethics Review in 2010 and 2011:

Volume 29 issues 1–4
As you are no doubt aware, this volume is running behind schedule: one issue has been published for 2010 so far, and the second issue is due out in November. Unfortunately it will not be possible for us to publish the remaining two issues this year. To allay concerns about when each issue will be published, we have decided that the remaining two issues (29:3 and 29:4) will be published in March and October of 2011, making volume 29 span two years. All 2010 subscriptions will of course be extended until the end of 2011 to accommodate this change. And in 2012, the journal will resume a calendar-year publishing schedule.

New developments
There are exciting plans for Monash Bioethics Review. A cross-faculty bioethics consortium is being established between Monash University's Centre for Human Bioethics and bioethics researchers and teachers in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences. It is envisaged that Monash Bioethics Review will become the journal of this consortium, with additional content and editorial involvement from bioethics staff at both faculties.

Please do not hesitate to contact Monash University ePress with any queries.


Monash Bioethics Review is edited by Assoc. Prof. Justin Oakley.
Phone: +61 3 9905 4279
Fax: +61 3 9905 3279

Centre for Human Bioethics
Building 11
Monash University
VIC 3800

Editorial Board

  • Associate Professor Helga Kuhse (ex officio)
  • Professor Ruth Chadwick (Cardiff University, UK)
  • Associate Professor Lynn Gillam (University of Melbourne, Australia)
  • Associate Professor Bebe Loff (Monash University, Australia)
  • Professor Bernadette McSherry (Monash University, Australia)
  • Associate Professor Mal Parker (University of Queensland, Australia)
  • Professor Alan Petersen (Monash University, Australia)
  • Professor Julian Savulescu (Oxford University, UK)
  • Professor Udo Schuklenk (Queen's University, Canada)
  • Professor Peter Singer (Princeton University, USA)
  • Dr. Merle Spriggs (MurdochChildren's Research Institute, Australia)
  • Associate Professor JannaThompson (La Trobe University, Australia)
  • Dr. Deborah Zion (Monash University, Australia)

Publication frequency

Generally, Monash Bioethics Review is published four times a year. However, in 2010–11 it will be published four times over two years.

For authors and reviewers

Contributions are welcome and detailed submission guidelines will be available shortly.

Please email contributions to

Contributors will receive one print copy of the issue in which their article appears. Contributors (including book reviewers) will also be provided with 12 months' free online access to the issue in which their article appeared.

Book reviews

Monash Bioethics Review regularly publishes reviews of recently published monographs, edited collections and other publications.

Potential book reviewers are welcome to email their interest in reviewing to the editors via

Reviewers will not be paid but receive a free copy of the review book, a complimentary print copy of the issue in which their review appears, as well as online access to the issue of Monash Bioethics Review in which their review appears.

Publishers: please send review copies to the editors. Please note that although we are grateful to be sent review copies, unfortunately we cannot promise to review every book received.

DEST accreditation

Monash Bioethics Review is listed on the Australian Government's Register of Refereed Journals. The journal has been "assessed by DEST as satisfying the refereeing requirements for the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC)". This means that eligible articles, as set out in the HERDC Specifications, are able to earn DEST points for the authors' departments in Australian universities.

Advertising in Monash Bioethics Review

Enquiries about advertising in Monash Bioethics Review should be directed to the editors via

Back issues

Prior to 2009, Monash Bioethics Review and its predecessor Bioethics News were published in hard copy only and back issues are available for purchase from the Centre. For more information, please see


From 2009 Monash Bioethics Review is published on behalf of the Centre for Human Bioethics by Monash University ePress.