Manuscript Preparation

Submission Process

As the name indicates, BioéthiqueOnline accepts papers written in either French or English. Papers are published free of charge and in the language of submission. The journal welcomes manuscripts of the following types:

  • Articles (approx. 3500-7000 words; peer-reviewed): original empirical, theoretical or conceptual research; review articles
  • Reviews (approx. 750-1200 words): books, conferences, events
  • Case studies (approx. 750-1200 words)
  • Commentaries (approx. 1000-2000 words): Critical perspectives on recent articles or events of interest to the bioethics community
  • Creative Works: Artistic and creative works of significance to bioethics (all mediums that can be presented online will be considered)
  • Letter to the Editor (approx. 250-500 words)
  • Other types of manuscript that do not fall into the above mentioned categories will be considered by the Executive Board (

Authors should submit their manuscripts by email (as attachments) to the appropriate section editor. The section editor will then reply with a confirmation of receipt and an approximate timeline for primary consideration and editorial review.


Text should be submitted in Word (.doc or .docx) or Real Text Format (.rtf).

Title: Titles should be no more than three typeset lines (generally 135 characters including spaces) and should be comprehensible to a broad audience.

Author affiliation: Include department, institution and complete address, for each author. Use superscripts to match authors with institutions.

Corresponding author and guarantor: The name, complete address, and e-mail address of the author to whom correspondence and proofs should be sent.

Abstract: For articles, please provide a 250 word abstract. For all other submissions (e.g., commentaries, case studies, book reviews), please provide a 1-2 sentence summary. Abstracts should explain to the general reader the major contributions of the article. References are not necessary in the abstract.

Keywords: Please provide 5-8 keywords

Headings & Sub-headings: Use headings and subheadings (i.e., Introduction, major headings, Conclusion) where appropriate to structure your text.

Citations: Use Numbered reference style for in-text citations – e.g., [1]  – and place references at end of text in List of References. Do not use footnotes or endnotes for referencing.

References: Use a numbered List of References, in order of appearance in text, following the Vancouver system citation style. Give complete reference information, i.e., all author names and full journal name. Provide inclusive page ranges for journal articles and book chapters. Where possible, add static links to documents that are publicly accessible online. Cite databases in the text. Only published or in-press papers and books may be cited in the reference list. Unpublished abstracts of papers presented at meetings or references to “data not shown” are not permitted.

Footnotes: Use (numbered) footnotes sparingly, and only to provide clarifying information that does not fit in the main text.

Tables/Figures: Tables and Figures should be embedded in the body of the text, with a brief Title and legend.

Acknowledgments: List acknowledgments and all funding sources.

Conflicts of Interest: Disclose any association that poses a conflict of interest in connection with the manuscript. Authors must acknowledge all funding sources supporting the work. (Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest)

Language-Editing Services

Prior to submission, authors who believe their manuscripts would benefit from professional editing are encouraged to use a language-editing service. The journal reserves the right to demand language correction of a manuscript, if necessary. Manuscripts not meeting academic standards of French or English will not be accepted for publication.

Digital Figures

File types with extensions JPG, PNG, TIFF, EPS, and high-resolution PDF will be permitted for inclusion in the online journal.

Movies: Supply Audio Video Interleave (avi), Quicktime (mov), Windows Media (wmv), Animated GIF (gif), or MPEG files and submit a brief legend for each movie in a Word or RTF file.

Still images: Authors must provide a still image from each video file. Supply TIFF, EPS, high-resolution PDF, JPEG, or GIF files.

Appendices: Authors should submit individual source files to ensure readability. If this is not possible, supply a single PDF file that contains all of the supporting information associated with the manuscript. This file type will be published in raw format and will not be edited or composed.

Page Setting Process

In order to comply with BioéthiqueOnline’s templates, once a paper has been accepted by the editor it will go through the following page setting process:

  • An editor (usually the one who did the first review) will incorporate the text in the corresponding template;
  • The file will be converted into a PDF file;
  • The editor will then publish a post containing the author list, affiliations, acknowledgements, conflicts of interests, the abstract, the full text, and a link to the PDF file.

The official publication is the PDF file, and can be referenced in the following manner:

Authors. BioéthiqueOnline year, volume/issue (