The Kharon Thanatology Review started its way in 1997. Alaine Polcz, Péter Berta and János Pilling founded the journal, and it serves its purposes as the first professional, scientific forum ever since. The editorial board includes experts of thanatology of both medical and philosophical view (psychiatrist, psychologist, bioethicist, medical historian, art historian, cultural anthropologist). Kharon publishes interdisciplinary articles which examine the sociocultural, psychiatric, bioethical and philosophical questions related to dying, death and grief, giving publicity to the results of theoretical and practical studies of Hungarian experts, as well as foreign studies enabling international comparison. These studies investigate questions such as psychotherapy of incurable patients and the bereaved, palliative care of patients in a terminal state, theoretical and practical issues of hospice care, euthanasia etc. The results of background studies on cultural and religious rituals, medical history, ethnography, art history etc. amplify these topics.
Besides issuing the publications of Hungarian authors, we also put emphasis on the translation and publication of foreign works of documentary value. Articles of great importance appeared in Hungary for the first time on the pages of Kharon, e.g. Communicating Bad News written by the WHO, the attitude of the European Commission on the provision of a dying person, or the characteristic study of Erich Lindemann, giving ground to research on the psychology of grief.
Kharon was publishedas a paper-based journal between 1997 and 2007, and it went digital-only in 2008. Thanks to the Hungarian Hospice Palliative Association, the complete archives of the journal are available online. You can read the review free of charge after registration. We publish four issues per year.
Only peer-reviewed studies of first publication can appear in Kharon. The editing and publication of the journal is in accordance with the publication ethics of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) based on https://publicationethics.org/. From 2017, the editors accept empirical studies for publication only if the research serving as the basis of the given study has got an ethical approval. Kharon is qualified as a peer-reviewed journal according to the Hungarian Scientific Bibliography as well. ISSN: HU ISSN 2060-8616
Dr. Katalin Hegedűs