Academic journal article The Hastings Center Report

A New Look, Almost. (from the Editor)

Academic journal article The Hastings Center Report

A New Look, Almost. (from the Editor)

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Last March, The Hastings Center brought a group of smart and savvy people together for a day to talk about the Hastings Center Report and IRB: Ethics and Human Research, the Center's two serial publications. We were told we face a daunting task, given the diverse interests and backgrounds of our readers. We were also told that the publications fill the bill pretty well, and that we should not make any dramatic changes. Over the course of the last year, following these suggestions, we have gently adjusted the organization and presentation of material in the Report. With this issue we announce a handful of more visible changes, but we hope, in a way, that all of our efforts will go largely unnoticed.

The challenge identified by our smart and savvy people--our Publications Task Force--stems from the Report's history and mission: how can we serve as bioethics' scholarly journal of record while also speaking to those in the broader public who are hungry for intelligent discussion of issues in health care, medicine, and the life sciences? And how can we bring together the full panoply of disciplinary and political viewpoints in bioethics--how can we sustain what Courtney Campbell and Bette Crigger, my predecessors at the Report, once called "many voices in conversation"? ... Carry on, we were told.

The changes introduced in this issue fine-tune the combination of intellectual rigor, social relevance, and general appeal that has come to characterize the Report. At the heart of the publication is the best of contemporary scholarship. …

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