About PBJ

About the Journal

The Penn Bioethics Journal is the nation's premier peer-reviewed undergraduate bioethics journal. The journal was established in Spring, 2004 with the first issue published April 1, 2005 as part of the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference hosted by Penn. The editorial board has included undergraduates from all four schools at the University of Pennsylvania with faculty advisors Jonathan D. Moreno, Ph.D. and Connie Ulrich, Ph.D., R.N.

The Process

The editors select a theme for each bi-annual issue of the journal. The theme of the journal is not decided until after all the articles are submitted and normally features an Editorial or Paper. Submissions are not required to correspond to the selected theme. Additionally, many issues of the journal feature one or more interviews with prominent professionals in fields related to the issue theme. Our acceptance process is very competitive with submissions undergoing an initial review, a small-group review, and a final review by the full editorial board of approximately 40 students.


The journal's call for papers goes out internationally, with publication in professional journals and posting on related websites. Faculty members on campus, around the country, and abroad are advising students with superb term papers to submit them for publication. While the board does not release specific statistics, we receive a large number of submissions for each issue and carefully select the small number that are ultimately published. For more information on submitting, please see our submit section.


The Penn Bioethics Journal (ISSN#: 2150-5462) is published twice a year by the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
All business correspondence, including subscriptions, renewals, and address changes, should be addressed to
The Penn Bioethics Journal
3401 Market Street, Suite 320
Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Manuscripts for publication should be submitted according to the submission rules on the website: http://www.bioethicsjournal.com/submit.html
Subscription rates are by request. Permission must be requested for any kind of copying, such as copying for general distribution, advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, or for resale. Requests for these permissions or further information should be addressed to bioethicsjournal@gmail.com.

Current Staff

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Aditi Verma

Evan Cernea

Lucy Chen

Kurt Koehler

Darby Marx

Ruchita Pendse

Garrett Young

Lucy Chen

Timothy Zhou

Mohammad AlMagweshi, Nikhil Ananth, Diana Blidarescu, Shayan Cheraghlou, Aneesh Chona, Alanna Cruz-Bendezu, Elizabeth Gonzalez, Andy Guo, Audrey Harnagel, Jacqui Kemmer, Georgio Legerme, Loren Miller, David Montgomery, Sagar Patel, Dave Saraswat, Rachel Shaw, Alex Shazad, Tim Shinn, Jane Shmushkis, Chloe Swanson, Iulia Tapescu, Hannah Victor, Ahmed Yousef, Samir Zaman, Nikolai Zapertov, Kenneth Zhou, Timothy Zhou