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JPE Mission

The mission of the Journal of Pediatric Ethics is aid in the caring of children by creating a journal dedicated to the ethical complexities that arise in pediatric medicine. Our goal is to provide an educational periodical that will feature thoughtful and inspiring articles, highlight original research in the field of pediatric ethics, and promote good clinical practice through extensive case review.

Editorial Disclaimer

The content of the Journal of Pediatric Ethics (JPE) represents only the opinions of the authors and editorial body of the periodical. The opinions and perspectives published do not necessarily represent the views of others within Children’s Minnesota or any other institution or organization represented or affiliated with our editorial advisory board. The goal of JPE is the provide a space to have thought provoking and educational articles around the care of children and provide its readers with practical guidance for good clinical decision making. All feature articles are peer-reviewed. All copy is internally reviewed by our Editorial Advisory Board and members of our editorial group. Cases submitted for publication will not have identifiable personal information. Any PHI will be removed or changed to obscure patient, surrogate, and clinician identities. Although the cases may reflect actual experiences, for this publication they are more accurately composites that are hypothetical and are created strictly for the purpose of teaching and intellectual discourse.

Editorial Policy

All contributions to the Journal of Pediatric Ethics will be peer reviewed with the understanding that the submission has not been placed under consideration, accepted for publication, or in print elsewhere. Decisions of acceptance or rejection will be based on peer review recommendations and at the discretion of the editorial group. All authors of accepted material will be required to assign copyright to the publisher prior to release.

Photocopy and Reprint Permissions

No part of this journal may be reproduced by any process or technique without written permission. For reprint permission, please contact Hamdi Sahal, Managing Editor, at Hamdi.Sahal@ChildrensMN.Org.

Letters to the Editor

All comments are welcome and should be address to the Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Michael Sprehe, at Ethics@ChildrensMN.Org. Letters should not exceed 500 words.

Submission Guidelines

Submissions of completed manuscripts for publication consideration must follow the approved guidelines:

-          Manuscripts must be submitted in Word format or as a rich text file.

-          All submissions must follow the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition.

-          Article submissions should not exceed 5,000 words.

-          All original research should include IRB and other ethics review board approval.

-          All articles must be electronically submitted to

The Journal of Pediatric Ethics will be published by volume with each volume consisting of 3 issues. Subscriptions are for the entire volume and will be renewed annually.