About the Journal

NIB cover 2.3Welcome to the online home of Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics (NIB), a unique journal that provides a forum for exploring current issues in bioethics through personal stories, qualitative and mixed-methods research articles, and case studies.

NIB is dedicated to fostering a deeper understanding of bioethical issues by publishing rich descriptions of complex human experiences written in the words of the person experiencing them.

While NIB upholds appropriate standards for narrative inquiry and qualitative research, it seeks to publish articles that will appeal to a broad readership of healthcare providers and researchers, bioethicists, sociologists, policy makers, and others. Articles may address the experiences of patients and research participants, as well as health care workers and researchers.

NIB is published by the Johns Hopkins University Press on behalf of the Foundation for Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics.

“Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics is the most original idea I have seen for a journal in decades. Everyone agrees that respect for persons is a critical component of ethical behavior but somehow most of our journals are focused on the perspectives of academics not the people who experience the difficult bioethical dilemmas. We need to hear from everyone, the nurses aides who help people in and out of beds, the people with AIDS who get shunned by their neighbors, the doctors who have to negotiate with patients who want the ‘wrong’ treatments, and everyone else. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics is giving a voice to everyone who plays a role in healthcare. It is a long overdue innovation.”

–Charles W. Lidz, PhD, Research Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Massachusetts Medical School

In Other Words Video

These short video interviews provide personal perspectives on the scholarship produced by the Johns Hopkins University Press Journals Division. Narrative Inquiry in Bioethics: A Journal of Qualitative Research editors James DuBois and Ana Iltis discuss the journal’s mission through the example of a recent issue on living organ donation.