Information for Authors

General Information

The Journal of Bioethical Inquiry (JBI) is an international, peer-reviewed journal that provides a forum for different disciplinary perspectives on ethical, cultural and social issues in medicine, healthcare, life sciences and biotechnology.

We welcome submissions of original research (both empirical and theoretical) into established domains of bioethical inquiry, such as clinical practice, medical research and biotechnology. We welcome commentary on questions of pressing contemporary relevance, such as the implications of current world events for the health of populations, and critical analyses of specific social policies with respect to their impact on health, welfare and systems of power. We also welcome critical reflections on medicine and conventional bioethics, especially from perspectives that are less commonly represented in existing journals.

The JBI will consider contributions from any relevant discipline, including philosophy, bioethics, sociology, health law, anthropology, psychology, feminism, linguistics, cultural studies, disability studies, history, literary theory and literature. We encourage authors to write in a style that is accessible to readers from disciplines other than their own.

The journal welcomes manuscripts in the following areas:

  • Original research: (including empirical research and theoretical research or conceptual reflections) (Up to 7,000 words with an abstract and keywords)
  • Review articles (Up to 5,000 words with an abstract and key words)
  • Critical commentary on articles published in the JBI (Up to 2,000 words)
  • Critical perspectives and opinion pieces on issues of contemporary interest (Up to 2,000 words)
  • Case reports and case responses (Up to 1,000 words)
  • Book reviews (Up to 1,500 words)
  • Letters to the Editor (Up to 500 words)

Online Submission Information and Downloadable Detailed Instructions

Manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry must be offered exclusively to the Journal and must conform to Chicago Author-Date style (Chicago Cursive), 15th edition or later. The following submission information is indicative only, view the full detailed submission instructions and style guide (PDF).

Manuscripts should be submitted to:

If you are submitting a randomised controlled trial please follow the CONSORT guidelines.

If you are submitting a systematic review please follow the QUOROM guidelines.

Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before; that it is not under consideration for publication anywhere else; that its publication has been approved by all co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities – tacitly or explicitly – at the institute where the work has been carried out. The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.

If a submitted article overlaps considerably with previously published articles or articles concurrently submitted elsewhere, copies of these should be included with the submitted manuscript.

Online Manuscript Submission

Authors, editors and reviewers of the Journal of Bioethical Inquiry can now make use of Editorial Manager, Springer’s fully web-enabled online manuscript submission and review system. Authors should submit their manuscripts online. Electronic submission substantially reduces the editorial processing and reviewing times and shortens overall publication times. Please follow the hyperlink “Submit online” on the right of the Springer JBI website and upload all of your manuscript files following the instructions given on the screen. Editorial Manager offers authors the option of tracking the progress of the review process of manuscripts in real time. Please also be sure to include an 'author disclosure statement' with your submission.

Editorial Manager offers easy and straightforward log-in and submission procedures. This system supports a wide range of submission file formats: for manuscripts - Word, WordPerfect, RTF, TXT and LaTex; for figures - TIFF, GIF, JPEG, EPS, PPT, and Postscript.

NOTE: By using Editorial Manager, it is NOT necessary to submit the manuscript also in printout + disk. In case you encounter any difficulties while submitting your manuscript on line, please contact the Managing Editor, Ms. Bronwen Morrell by email, .