Albany, N.Y., August 24, 2006 – The American Journal of Bioethics (AJOB), published through the Alden March Bioethical Institute at Albany Medical College, was recently rated as the leading journal in the field of bioethics by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), the acknowledged authority on the impact of research in medicine and science. In addition to the prestige of top place, this is the first year the journal qualified for the ISI ranking.
According to the ISI ranking, when published in AJOB, research about ethical issues in topics such as assisted suicide, stem cell research, health disparities, and even face transplantation are cited almost twice as often as articles published in any other journal that deals with such issues. The ISI ranking is used by medical schools and academic researchers, as well as the media, government and industry, to identify the leading sources of information in science and medicine.
As a result, the journal will expand from 6 to 12 issues in 2007, and will publish a new spin-off journal, AJOB Neuroscience, dedicated to neuroethical issues, according to Sean Philpott, Ph.D., executive managing editor of AJOB and the associate director of AMBI.
“The journal’s growth proves that the field of bioethics is having a greater impact in the medical and scientific communities, and Albany Med is at the forefront of the movement to raise awareness about the importance of ethics,” Dr. Philpott said. “The support of everyone at Albany Medical Center—from students to peer reviewers and faculty and executives at the highest level—has been the key to the journal’s incredible success.”
“The presence of a highly ranked medical journal is one of the hallmarks of every top medical school,” said Glenn McGee, director of AMBI and editor in chief of AJOB. “But more important than the prestige of the journal is its impact. I’m often told by our medical students that AJOB comes up frequently in conversations with peers and mentors. This is both encouraging and rewarding, given the strong emphasis our institution places on professionalism and medical ethics.”
For more information about AJOB and the bioethics institute, visit www.bioethics.org.
Albany Medical Center is northeastern New York’s only academic health sciences center. It consists of Albany Medical College, Albany Medical Center Hospital and the Albany Medical Center Foundation, Inc. Additional information about Albany Medical Center can be found at www.amc.edu.
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