Article Types

Article types are distinguished based on content, and to a lesser degree on length (word count). The word count of a manuscript does not include the cover page, statements (such as acknowledgement, etc.), abstract, keywords, tables, or reference list.

This is an overview of all article types, by word count:

  • Original Article: 5,000 to 8,000 words
  • Perspective Article, Student Article, and Case Report: 2,000 to 5,000 words
  • Book Review, and Letter to the Editor: up to 2,500 words

All article types except Book Reviews and Letters to the Editor are subject to double-blind peer review, and are therefore accepted by most academic indices for the calculation of academic performance metrics. An up-to-date list of indices can be found at the bottom of this page:, under the sub-heading ‘About this journal’.

Original Article (5,000 to 8,000 words)

These are original research papers, which may be wholly conceptual contributions or conceptual analyses supported by empirical research findings.

Perspective Article (2,000 to 5,000 words)

Perspective Articles are insights gained through analysis and/or critical reflection of significant issues or developments in bioethics. In contrast to a Letter to the Editor, which might be largely descriptive, a Perspective Article should provide an intellectually rigorous discussion. The objective should be to contribute an insight that is not obvious to the readership and thereby enables them to have a fresh viewpoint on, or appreciation of, these issues or developments in bioethics.

Student Article (2,000 to 5,000 words)

We invite students in all disciplines related to bioethics to submit an article for publication. The subject matter should aim to make an original contribution related to bioethics on a topic of the student’s choice.

Case Report (2,000 to 5,000 words)

A research or clinical case study submitted for comment and discussion should identify an ethical dilemma or problem of interest to healthcare professionals, and potentially to a wider readership. Author(s) warrant that all material presented has either had full written consent from the patient or the information has been sufficiently anonymised to make identification of the patient and all persons concerned highly unlikely.

Book Review (up to 2,500 words)

This is a review of a recently published book in the areas of bioethics, health law, and/or health policy. Please provide the following information:

  • Title
  • Author (If the book is an edited volume, add “Editor” after the name.)
  • City of publication
  • Publisher
  • Year of publication
  • If relevant, the series and its number in the series
  • Number of pages
  • ISBN
  • Price (in the currency used by the publisher)

Letter to the Editor (up to 2,500 words)

Letters to the Editor may provide a comment on material previously published in ABR, or an account of developments – typically events or changes in policy or guidance – that have significant impact on bioethics, and which are likely to be of interest to the readership. They will be published at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.