Preparing your Manuscript

We are aware that the Submission Guidelines on have not been updated yet. We will do that soon. The updated instructions below are fundamentally not that different. They are mostly more complete and detailed.

Article Types

As all manuscripts undergo double blind peer review, all self-identifying references should be avoided in the manuscript. Therefore, full authorship details and various statements such as authors’ contributions, etc. should NOT be included in the manuscript, and only on the cover page. Please refer to the section ‘Cover Page’, under ‘Submitting your Manuscript’, for more details.

The word count of the manuscript does not include the cover page, abstract, keywords, tables, statements (such as acknowledgement, etc.) or reference list. This is an overview of all article types, by word count:

  • Original Article: 5,000 to 8,000 words
  • Perspective, Case Report, Student Voices and Analysis: 2,000 to 4,000 words
  • Book Review, Letter to the Editor and Update: up to 2,500 words

Both keywords and abstracts are important for online discoverability of your publication. Therefore, please provide 4 to 6 keywords for all submissions. Try to avoid overly generic ones such as ‘bioethics’, ‘philosophy’ or ‘law’. Similarly, try to avoid lengthy keywords, for example, consisting of more than 3 words.

Please submit an abstract of 150 words for all manuscripts of 1,200 words or more and an abstract of 250-300 words for all manuscripts of 3,000 words or more. Abstract should be continuous text, NOT structured with any sub-headings.

Please limit the number of references to:

  • 20 for manuscripts of up to 2,500 words
  • 50 for manuscripts of up to 4,000 words

Reasonable deviations from these standards can be requested at

Original Article

Word count: 5,000 to 8,000 words
Original Articles refer to original research papers which may be wholly conceptual contributions or conceptual analyses supported by empirical research findings. This is the main category for original research papers on all relevant topics.


Word count: 2,000 to 4,000 words
Perspective papers may be reports from recognised agencies or organisations evaluating their work on issues in bioethics, or insights from individuals gained through analyses and/or critical reflection of past or present developments or experiences. The objective of published perspectives 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, significant issues or developments in bioethics.

Book Review

Word count: up to 2,500 words
These are reviews of recently published books in the areas of bioethics, law and/or policy. Please refer to the next section on formatting for specific formatting guidelines for book reviews. ‘Book Reviews’ may be reviewed by an Editorial Board member.

Letter to the Editor

Word count: up to 2,500 words
Letters to the Editor regarding material previously published in ABR or on other matters of relevance to ABR and its readership will be published at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.

Case Report

Word count: 2,000 to 4,000 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 also 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.

Student Voices

Word count: 2,000 to 4,000 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. Student Voices submissions may be reviewed by an Editorial Board member.


Word count: up to 2,500 words
An update provides an account of developments (typically events or changes in policy or guidance) that have significant impact on bioethics, nationally, regionally or internationally, and which are likely to be of interest to the readership. Updates may be reviewed by an Editorial Board member.


Word count: 2,000 to 4,000 words
An analysis piece should aim to provide a ‘deep dive’ on a single contemporary bioethical issue or recent development in the field. In contrast to an Update (see above), which might be largely descriptive of a development, an Analysis should provide intellectually rigorous discussion of the bioethical issue.

Formatting, References & In-text Citation

[coming soon]


Ethical Responsibilities of Authors