Focus and Scope

JAHR – EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF BIOETHICS is a journal that deals with a wide range of bioethical topics. The aim of the Editorial Board is to publish articles related to bioethics in social sciences (sociology, psychology, law, political science, information and communication sciences, pedagogy, education and rehabilitation sciences, speech-language pathology, kinesiology, demography, social activities, security and defence sciences, economics), humanities (philosophy, theology, philology, history, art history, archaeology, ethnology and anthropology, religious sciences), biomedical (medicine, public health, veterinary medicine, dentistry and pharmacology), but also in other sciences. The journal is published twice a year.

Publication policy

Jahr publishes reviewed papers, as well as papers that are not subject to the reviewing procedure, provided they are original and have not been submitted for consideration to any other journal. There are no fees for submitting papers for consideration or for publication. By giving their consent to be published, the authors give the journal the right for the first publication of the paper both in its printed and electronic format. Authors can publish their works in other publications, provided they cite relevant data about their paper's first publication in Jahr.

Reviewed articles

The reviewed papers are accepted to be published after being positively reviewed by two anonymous reviewers (exceptionally three). The final decision on the publication is made by Editorial Board.

Reviewed papers are categorized as following:

- Original Scientific Articles

- Short Communications

- Review Articles

- Professional Articles

 Students are also welcome to submit their paper to the reviewing procedure. Students' papers are published in Students' contributions section.
Peer Review Process

All papers submitted to JahrEuropean Journal of Bioethics undergo double-blind peer-review process in which two anonymous reviewers assess the work in anonymous form. Authors will be at appropriate time informed about the peer-reviewed results and editorial processEditorial Board reserves the right to adjust the work in accordance with editorial propositions.

Unreviewed articles 

The journal publishes uncategorized papers, i.e. overviews of bioethics and other relevant publications published in the past three years in and outside Croatia, as well as reports and announcements of upcoming events relevant to bioethics. These include book reviews, conference reviews, scientific conferences, public lectures etc. Unreviewed articles are published in "Other contributions" section or "Book reviews" section.

Publication Frequency

Journal is published twice a year.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Sources of Support

Journal History & Letters from the editors

Editor in chief Amir Muzur

For at least twenty years, bioethics has been expanding as a field of interest and hope. A particular momentum was reached after the 1997 discovery of the work of Fritz Jahr (1895-1953), the German teacher and theologian who had been the first to conceive the notion of bioethics as early as 1926. It has been the intention of the journal „Jahr“, founded in May 2010, to promote this „European bioethics“, as opposed to the mainstream bioethics, narrowed-down to a „new“ medical ethics. Jahr's teaching, sublimed into his „bioethical imperative“ and reminding of respect toward other living beings, refreshed also Van Rensselaer Potter's (1911-2001) ideas on a broader concepts of „bridge“ ethics, environmental ethics, and global ethics.

After four years and nine issues, „Jahr“ is allowed to consider itself „established:“ almost 3,000 pages, about 250 articles and contributions, hudreds of authors from dozens of countries – that is an approximate ballance of this first stage of Jahr's history. (In the meantime, one has to explain the title always less and less, given that the work and importance of Fritz Jahr has been internationally recognised.)

But, one has to be honest and admit that not all the ambitions of the journal's founding fathers have been accomplished: if it wants to survive and to be more widely accepted and read, Jahr has to enter the major indexation bases (Scopus, Embase, Ebsco, Medline, etc.), to establish the possibility of a direct Internet access (not only thorugh the Hrčak portal, as present), to focus its content, and to attract more original research papers in English. In order to do it, Jahr first was suggested to change its subtitle (to tell the truth in a Voltairian paraphrase, the Annual of the Department of Social Sciences and Medical Humanities at Faculty of Medicine, University of Rijeka, has actually never been „annual“ or „of the Department“.) And so Jahr: European Journal of Bioethics is born. I suppose we all agree upon the reasonableness and promisingness of this move: not only it will better reflect the Journal's publication policy, but it also will strengthen our real international orientation. (Editorial Board did consider the possibilty of renaming Jahr into Journal of European Bioethics: unfortunately, no matter how proudly and appealing it sounds, the concept of „European bioethics“ is far too complex and thus potentially misleading, so final decision was to add a more neutral but still enough decisive subtitle.)

So, a new dynamic epoch stands in front of us. I thank all the members of the Advisory and Editorial boards for their help in pioneering the journal, and invite them to continue the collaboration with the new Editor-in-Chief. I am gratefull our colleague Stjepka Popović to have taken over this burden that brings no other reward but satisfaction.

Yours, in deep respect and sincereness,

Amir Muzur

Editor-in-Chief 2010 - 2014


Editor in chief 2014 - 2015, Stjepka Popović 

10th number of the *Jahr *has been published with a new subtitle *European Journal of Bioethics*. Actually, this is the second edition of the *Jahr *with a new subtitle, but it has brought a whole number of changes. In addition to new Editor-in-Chief and editorial policy, our Editorial Board has become truly international: with the exception of new members from Croatia, members from Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, and Argentina have joined the Editorial Staff. In such a collaborative spirit, we made first arrangements of translating the selected articles to Spanish version for an issue that will be published by University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Our Advisory Board has also been changed and strengthened by prominent and internationally recognized scientists from the USA, Germany, Chile, Slovenia, Italy and Croatia who are dealing with specific bioethical issues. In our ambition to become widely recognized journal of bioethics, we launched the Open Journal System, which will allow all interested readers direct open access to the articles, but also electronic submissions for authors (starting on February 2015). Thus, for the first time the journal has its own website (direct Internet access was possible only through the Hrčak portal so far: Also, we have introduced author’s statements to ensure protection of ethical standards in research that are published in the *Jahr*. In order to keep track with publishing trends, we are happy to announce that we are receiving more papers in English. We have taken the first steps towards the realization of our greatest ambition of entering the major indexation bases at the beginning of 2016. Although there is so much ahead of us, we can already proudly claim that we have laid the foundations for the bright future of our Journal as an internationally recognized European Journal of Bioethics. We hope that we will receive more contributions to our Journal regarding different topics in the following areas: Bioethics & Social Sciences, Bioethics & Humanities, and Bioethics & Biomedical Sciences.

I would like to thank all previous members of the Editorial and Advisory Board, as well as to reviewers because their knowledge and expertise will always be inwrought in the history of our Journal. Special thanks to new editors, members of the Advisory Board and reviewers who have participated in the creation of this 10th issue. It was really a pleasure working with you and I am looking forward to future cooperation. I am very grateful to former Editor-in-Chief Amir Muzur for his trust and all well-intentioned advice and support he offered me when taking over this position.

Sincerely Yours,

Stjepka Popović

Editor-in-Chief 2014-2015