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BMC Medical Ethicsopen access


United Kingdom

Universities and research institutions in United Kingdom

Subject Area and Category


BioMed Central Ltd.



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BMC Medical Ethics is an open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles in relation to the ethical aspects of biomedical research and clinical practice, including professional choices and conduct, medical technologies, healthcare systems and health policies. Join the conversation about this journal

The set of journals have been ranked according to their SJR and divided into four equal groups, four quartiles. Q1 (green) comprises the quarter of the journals with the highest values, Q2 (yellow) the second highest values, Q3 (orange) the third highest values and Q4 (red) the lowest values.

Health Policy2001Q4
Health Policy2002Q4
Health Policy2003Q3
Health Policy2004Q3
Health Policy2005Q2
Health Policy2006Q2
Health Policy2007Q2
Health Policy2008Q1
Health Policy2009Q1
Health Policy2010Q2
Health Policy2011Q1
Health Policy2012Q1
Health Policy2013Q1
Health Policy2014Q2
Health Policy2015Q1
Health Policy2016Q1
Health Policy2017Q1
Health Policy2018Q1
Health Policy2019Q1
Health (social science)2001Q4
Health (social science)2002Q4
Health (social science)2003Q3
Health (social science)2004Q3
Health (social science)2005Q2
Health (social science)2006Q2
Health (social science)2007Q2
Health (social science)2008Q1
Health (social science)2009Q1
Health (social science)2010Q1
Health (social science)2011Q1
Health (social science)2012Q1
Health (social science)2013Q1
Health (social science)2014Q2
Health (social science)2015Q1
Health (social science)2016Q1
Health (social science)2017Q1
Health (social science)2018Q1
Health (social science)2019Q1
Issues, Ethics and Legal Aspects2001Q4
Issues, Ethics and Legal Aspects2002Q4
Issues, Ethics and Legal Aspects2003Q3
Issues, Ethics and Legal Aspects2004Q3
Issues, Ethics and Legal Aspects2005Q2
Issues, Ethics and Legal Aspects2006Q1
Issues, Ethics and Legal Aspects2007Q2
Issues, Ethics and Legal Aspects2008Q1
Issues, Ethics and Legal Aspects2009Q1
Issues, Ethics and Legal Aspects2010Q1
Issues, Ethics and Legal Aspects2011Q1
Issues, Ethics and Legal Aspects2012Q1
Issues, Ethics and Legal Aspects2013Q1
Issues, Ethics and Legal Aspects2014Q1
Issues, Ethics and Legal Aspects2015Q1
Issues, Ethics and Legal Aspects2016Q1
Issues, Ethics and Legal Aspects2017Q1
Issues, Ethics and Legal Aspects2018Q1
Issues, Ethics and Legal Aspects2019Q1

The SJR is a size-independent prestige indicator that ranks journals by their 'average prestige per article'. It is based on the idea that 'all citations are not created equal'. SJR is a measure of scientific influence of journals that accounts for both the number of citations received by a journal and the importance or prestige of the journals where such citations come from It measures the scientific influence of the average article in a journal, it expresses how central to the global scientific discussion an average article of the journal is.

Citations per document

This indicator counts the number of citations received by documents from a journal and divides them by the total number of documents published in that journal. The chart shows the evolution of the average number of times documents published in a journal in the past two, three and four years have been cited in the current year. The two years line is equivalent to journal impact factor ™ (Thomson Reuters) metric.

Cites per documentYearValue
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20000.000
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20010.000
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20020.200
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20031.778
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20041.385
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20051.095
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20061.964
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20072.184
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20082.356
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20092.473
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20102.143
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20112.319
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20122.427
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20132.596
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20142.134
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20152.422
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20162.199
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20172.486
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20182.715
Cites / Doc. (4 years)20193.214
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20000.000
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20010.000
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20020.200
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20031.778
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20041.500
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20051.235
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20061.792
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20072.000
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20082.722
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20092.455
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20101.816
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20112.224
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20122.413
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20132.388
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20142.074
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20152.321
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20162.150
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20172.255
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20182.842
Cites / Doc. (3 years)20193.113
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20000.000
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20010.000
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20020.200
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20032.000
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20042.125
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20051.000
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20061.450
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20071.880
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20083.240
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20091.933
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20101.579
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20112.103
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20122.136
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20132.317
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20142.000
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20152.318
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20161.893
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20172.235
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20182.743
Cites / Doc. (2 years)20192.726
Total Cites 

Evolution of the total number of citations and journal's self-citations received by a journal's published documents during the three previous years.
Journal Self-citation is defined as the number of citation from a journal citing article to articles published by the same journal.

Self Cites20000
Self Cites20010
Self Cites20020
Self Cites20030
Self Cites20042
Self Cites20051
Self Cites20063
Self Cites20075
Self Cites20082
Self Cites20098
Self Cites201011
Self Cites20117
Self Cites201213
Self Cites201327
Self Cites201442
Self Cites201537
Self Cites201629
Self Cites201753
Self Cites201844
Self Cites201953
Total Cites20000
Total Cites20010
Total Cites20021
Total Cites200316
Total Cites200418
Total Cites200521
Total Cites200643
Total Cites200768
Total Cites200898
Total Cites2009108
Total Cites201089
Total Cites2011129
Total Cites2012152
Total Cites2013191
Total Cites2014253
Total Cites2015434
Total Cites2016516
Total Cites2017566
Total Cites2018685
Total Cites2019772
External Cites per Doc 
Cites per Doc

Evolution of the number of total citation per document and external citation per document (i.e. journal self-citations removed) received by a journal's published documents during the three previous years. External citations are calculated by subtracting the number of self-citations from the total number of citations received by the journal’s documents.

External Cites per document20000
External Cites per document20010.000
External Cites per document20020.200
External Cites per document20031.778
External Cites per document20041.333
External Cites per document20051.176
External Cites per document20061.667
External Cites per document20071.853
External Cites per document20082.667
External Cites per document20092.273
External Cites per document20101.592
External Cites per document20112.103
External Cites per document20122.206
External Cites per document20132.050
External Cites per document20141.730
External Cites per document20152.123
External Cites per document20162.029
External Cites per document20172.044
External Cites per document20182.660
External Cites per document20192.899
Cites per document20000.000
Cites per document20010.000
Cites per document20020.200
Cites per document20031.778
Cites per document20041.500
Cites per document20051.235
Cites per document20061.792
Cites per document20072.000
Cites per document20082.722
Cites per document20092.455
Cites per document20101.816
Cites per document20112.224
Cites per document20122.413
Cites per document20132.388
Cites per document20142.074
Cites per document20152.321
Cites per document20162.150
Cites per document20172.255
Cites per document20182.842
Cites per document20193.113
% International Collaboration

International Collaboration accounts for the articles that have been produced by researchers from several countries. The chart shows the ratio of a journal's documents signed by researchers from more than one country; that is including more than one country address.

YearInternational Collaboration
Citable documents 
Non-citable documents

Not every article in a journal is considered primary research and therefore "citable", this chart shows the ratio of a journal's articles including substantial research (research articles, conference papers and reviews) in three year windows vs. those documents other than research articles, reviews and conference papers.

Non-citable documents20000
Non-citable documents20010
Non-citable documents20020
Non-citable documents20030
Non-citable documents20040
Non-citable documents20050
Non-citable documents20060
Non-citable documents20070
Non-citable documents20080
Non-citable documents20090
Non-citable documents20100
Non-citable documents20111
Non-citable documents20121
Non-citable documents20131
Non-citable documents20140
Non-citable documents20150
Non-citable documents20160
Non-citable documents20172
Non-citable documents20184
Non-citable documents20196
Citable documents20000
Citable documents20011
Citable documents20025
Citable documents20039
Citable documents200412
Citable documents200517
Citable documents200624
Citable documents200734
Citable documents200836
Citable documents200944
Citable documents201049
Citable documents201158
Citable documents201263
Citable documents201380
Citable documents2014122
Citable documents2015187
Citable documents2016240
Citable documents2017251
Citable documents2018241
Citable documents2019248
Cited documents 
Uncited documents

Ratio of a journal's items, grouped in three years windows, that have been cited at least once vs. those not cited during the following year.

Uncited documents20000
Uncited documents20011
Uncited documents20024
Uncited documents20033
Uncited documents20045
Uncited documents20057
Uncited documents20069
Uncited documents20079
Uncited documents20085
Uncited documents200912
Uncited documents20108
Uncited documents201114
Uncited documents201221
Uncited documents201319
Uncited documents201436
Uncited documents201556
Uncited documents201665
Uncited documents201766
Uncited documents201858
Uncited documents201945
Cited documents20000
Cited documents20010
Cited documents20021
Cited documents20036
Cited documents20047
Cited documents200510
Cited documents200615
Cited documents200725
Cited documents200831
Cited documents200932
Cited documents201041
Cited documents201145
Cited documents201243
Cited documents201362
Cited documents201486
Cited documents2015131
Cited documents2016175
Cited documents2017187
Cited documents2018187
Cited documents2019209
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