Hastings Center News
Announcing Ethics & Human Research
The Hastings Center is announcing an exciting new direction for its journal on research ethics. Beginning with the January-February 2019 issue, the Center will launch Ethics & Human Research (E&HR), a revised and expanded journal that will replace IRB: Ethics & Human Research and will be distributed by John Wiley & Sons in print and online, at Wiley Online Library. Like its predecessor, E&HR will be published six times a year, but it will have a new editorial board, a new design, expanded content, and full-text online access. Karen J. Maschke, a Hastings Center research scholar, will remain the editor of the journal.
Established in 1979, IRB was the first publication to provide extended, in-depth, interdisciplinary examination of complex ethical, regulatory, and policy issues related to biomedical and behavioral research with humans.
E&HR, to be launched in the 50th anniversary year of The Hastings Center, will continue IRB’s history of publishing articles, commentaries, and book reviews from leading scholars, researchers, and policy-makers on topics related to research with genetic and other health data, conflicts of interest in research, research with children and other vulnerable populations, and a host of other topics on research ethics.
In addition, E&HR will cover topics that analyze the intersection of human research ethics with rapid developments in science and medicine that are bringing new challenges to research with humans in the United States and elsewhere. These topics include research integrity and responsible innovation; the ethical translation of animal and other preclinical research to human clinical trials; and the ethical and regulatory issues regarding human research with novel biotechnologies such as genome-editing techniques and neurological drug interventions.
Hastings Center president Mildred Z. Solomon says that partnering with Wiley to market and distribute E&HR “provides Hastings with an unparalleled opportunity to make the journal’s content available to a global audience of scholars in research ethics, researchers conducting human biomedical and behavioral studies, members of research ethics committees, regulatory officials, and others.”
Maschke says that E&HR is positioned to publish from authors around the globe whose work broadens the approaches to analyzing the challenges that 21st century science and medicine bring to human biomedical and behavioral research.