Formatting @ Revision

Before a manuscript can be accepted, the following formatting is required. This can be addressed after review, at the revision stage. Please, pay particular attention to the underlined points.

Preferred Style

  • Margins of 2 cm (0.8”)
  • Single line spacing
  • Commonly used font in an easy to read size, such as Calibri in 11pt size.
  • Paragraph spacing of 12pt, no paragraph indent


Please do not use more than 3 levels of headings. Authors are encouraged to use their word processor’s ‘Styles’ system, to make clear what the hierarchy of the headings is. For example, the general title of your manuscript should appear as the style ‘Title’, the body of your text should appear as ‘Normal’, and the headings should appear as ‘Heading 1’, ‘Heading 2’ and ‘Heading 3’, depending on the level.

References & In-text Citation

For references and citations, the Asian Bioethics Review follows the Chicago Manual of Style (author-date). This means that our journal uses in-text citation, not footnotes or endnotes. Footnotes can be used, but for clarification purposes only, not for referencing. Therefore, please use footnotes sparingly and limit the number to maximum 9.

Referencing is not about dots, commas and spaces; ‘the look’ is not what matters so much. It is about consistency, transparency, accountability and academic rigour. Therefore, authors are responsible for ensuring that all cited references are accurate and complete, and are to provide the following details:

  • Author names – With scholarship becoming more inclusive, please provide the full given name (if more than one given name, only one to be provided in full)
  • Year of publication
  • Title

Journal Articles

  • Journal name
  • Volume, issue & pages, or volume & article number, or publication date when not yet part of volume
  • DOI

Keng, Shao-Hsun, Chun-Hung Lin, and Peter F. Orazem. 2017. Expanding College Access in Taiwan, 1978–2014: Effects on Graduate Quality and Income Inequality. Journal of Human Capital 11(1): 1–34.


  • City of publication (not country)
  • Publisher
  • Title and pages of chapter, when relevant

Example (book):
Lahiri, Jhumpa. 2016. In Other Words. Translated by Ann Goldstein. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.

Example (chapter in edited book):
Thoreau, Henry David. 2016. Walking. In The Making of the American Essay, edited by John D’Agata, 167–195. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press.

Newspaper Articles, Blog Posts and Reports

  • Newspaper, blog or reporting institution
  • Publication date in full: dd mmm yyyy
  • Web link
  • Date when you last accessed the web link

Pai, Tanya. 2017. The Squishy, Sugary History of Peeps. Vox, 11 April 2017. Accessed 5 May 2017.

Further examples of how various types of references are formatted, can be found here: